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The Best Salvage and Reclaimed Furniture in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / February 26, 2015

furniture torontoThe best salvage and reclaimed furniture in Toronto give battered, time-worn items new life. That's not to say they're restored to their former glory - when it comes to barn wood or century-old baseboards, these shops are careful to leave that glorious, beaten-in patina perfectly intact.

Here is the best salvage and reclaimed furniture in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Furniture Stores in Toronto
The Best Vintage Furniture Stores in Toronto
The Best Antique Stores in Toronto

Smash

Smash

Years after opening in the Junction, Smash is still the city's favourite destination for salvage items, thanks to a pitch-perfect mix of reclaimed industrial furniture and irreverent design finds like "men at work" signs, vintage mugshot posters and light-up electric Jesuses. More »

The Door Store

The Door Store

Reclaimed doors are just an entry point to this shop in the Castlefield Design District. (See what I did there?) Hardware is also a specialty, with all manner of knobs, handles, pulls and brackets available - in addition to a smattering of vintage oddities like taxidermied animal heads and espresso machines. More »

Post & Beam Reclamation

Post & Beam Reclamation

In the market for some nicely-battered hardwood fragments? Perhaps a galvanized-steel washbasin or an embroidered map of the United States? You'll find it all at this shop in the Junction, where vintage details and fragments of reclaimed architecture rule the day. More »

Metropolis Living

Metropolis Living

After a couple of moves, this vintage design shop has settled in the Castlefield Design District, where they stand out nicely from the decidedly modern competition. On top of reclaimed items like shelving and signing, they also do custom work using salvaged items (think lighting fixtures made of chicken feeders, or tables fashioned from vintage machinery). More »

Love the Design

Love the Design

This Rosedale shop, helmed by artist and designer Christine Flynn, balances modern items like throw cushions and photo prints with salvaged industrial furniture and tables and benches crafted from reclaimed wood. It all adds up to a cozy, homespun feel with a nice dose of Canadiana. More »

Urban Tree Salvage

Urban Tree Salvage

Urban Tree Salvage specializes in furniture made from rustic live-edge slabs of wood. If you don't want yours pre-made into a coffee table, you can also pick up some barnboard or log rounds for your next DIY project. More »

Sourced and Salvaged

Sourced and Salvaged

If you're looking for a milk crate, some pendant lighting made from old jars, or benches crafted from 150-year-old barn wood, you'll probably find it at Darius Armstrong's tucked-away basement shop in Cabbagetown. (Note that they keep unusual hours - Armstrong still manages a restaurant during the day to fund his pet project.) More »

Goodfolk

Goodfolk

This shop in East Chinatown is the perfect place to shop for things you didn't even know you wanted. Mixed in with folk-art tchotchkes from around Canada and all over the globe are industrial and farmhouse-style pieces that will lend your place the perfect rustic touch (without it feeling sterile). More »

Canadian Salvaged Timber

Canadian Salvaged Timber

Where do trees go when they're struck by lightning? If they're lucky, it's this lumber depot on Dufferin, where felled trees and torn-down barns are transformed by commission into bars, bed frames and tables for the store's residential and commercial clients. More »

Forever Interiors

Forever Interiors

At this Junction shop, owner Martin Scott transforms reclaimed wood, salvaged doors, and even old church pews into commanding dining room tables and elegant benches. But even if you're not in the market for a custom piece, the shop, piled high with pieces in various stages of transformation, is a feast for the eyes. More »

Salvage Shop

Salvage Shop

You'll find a few splashy, oddball antiques at this huge Scarborough shop, which sprawls over a whopping four retail spaces - but salvaged hardware items are the real specialty. If your home DIY project needs a doorknob, a hook or a hanger, or your place needs a vintage lighting fixture or an old mantelpiece, head here. More »

Stroudfoot

Stroudfoot

Designer Jason Stroud has brought an element of "sleek decay" to restaurant interiors around Toronto, and at his Liberty Village showroom, you can get a piece of that aesthetic for yourself. Along with vintage finds and a few elements of twisted kitsch, you'll find elegant dining furniture built from reclaimed materials. More »

The Barn Board Store

The Barn Board Store

Head out to East York to plumb the Barn Board Store's trove of reclaimed barn wood in rich grey, red and brown tones, as well as beams and live-edge slabs. Grab boards to make your own project at home, or get the staff to transform it into a stunning piece. More »

Williams Design

Williams Design

This store in the Junction is a repository of all things old and nifty - from ancient lamps, typewriters, sewing machines and table fans to salvaged industrial signs, doors, mantels and moulding. Next up is their own line of industrial furniture using their trove of reclaimed materials. More »

The Art of Demolition

The Art of Demolition

Rounding out the Junction's reclaimed-furniture offerings is this whimsical little shop, which injects a sense of fun into their reworked salvage. Where else are you going to find Singer sewing tables revamped with striped wood tops and benches with butt grooves cut into them? (Just because it's old doesn't mean it has to be dignified.) More »

Discussion

23 Comments

Pat / February 26, 2015 at 03:54 pm
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If you want something affordable, I just bought an awesome coffee table from two chicks who make reclaimed furniture in toronto. chipmunkdesigns.ca
Justmyopinion / February 26, 2015 at 07:00 pm
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This is practically the same list each and every year. Way to phone it in blogto. Try to be more original. Been to Smash not worth number 1 thst's for sure. I'm disappointed in this article
Tyler / February 26, 2015 at 07:21 pm
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I also think chipmunkdesigns.ca should be on this list! Great designs.
kim / February 26, 2015 at 08:35 pm
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Leventhal-vermaat design is my go to for beautiful, fun, custom built and affordable reclaimed pieces!
Alissa / February 26, 2015 at 08:54 pm
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Hoping to share some new blood in the reclaimed furniture world. (BlogTO won't let me post a link)
Alissa replying to a comment from Alissa / February 26, 2015 at 08:55 pm
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www.junctionwoodandmetal.com

there!
K / February 26, 2015 at 09:06 pm
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Was in the Art of Demolition on Valentine's Day (hint, check out the nearby Mr. Antico if he's still open, many of the shops on the corner block are closing), and will never return. They had some interesting things (an old barber chair was one, and a few posters) but the two staff never even met my eyes. No greeting, no "can I help you"? Nothing. Mind you I'm not a 20 something hipster but someone older (with more buying power possibly). Not just poor service, but no service at all.
Erica / February 26, 2015 at 09:07 pm
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Leventhal Vermaat hit the nail on the head for me, I have several of their pieces each custom made for my condo, they see my vision ❤️
Natalie / February 26, 2015 at 09:16 pm
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Ditto! I love them too! Leventhal Vermaat makes custom made reclaimed furniture. An amazing couple and a great team! They made us an amazing dining room table and wall unit that perfectly matched our unique style! They are quite the team and they really take the time to get to know their clients personalities and styles. Definitely would recommend this local Jem of a design team to anyone!! http://www.leventhal-vermaat.com/
Court / February 26, 2015 at 10:49 pm
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This is a great article but you guys missed the great work the guys at Son of A Woodcutter. Jack has been a dream to work with and is so passionate about what he does. We had a pallet table made for our living room. Its beautiful, affordable and has been a lovely feature in our home. Highly recommend especially if you live in a small city place. http://www.sonofawoodcutter.ca
Danielle Corriveau / February 26, 2015 at 11:00 pm
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How on earth did Son of a Woodcutter www.sonofawoodcutter.ca not make it on there? Easily the best in the city?!?
Sara / February 27, 2015 at 12:22 am
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I often wonder how these lists are decided. If you want AFFORDABLE reclaimed stuff, I'm also a fan of chipmunk designs. I sent them dimensions and they made exactly what I wanted.
monica / February 27, 2015 at 01:56 pm
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Haul is truly a hidden gem. They are mostly online haulhome.ca but sometimes have a pop up or open their studio by appointment only. The owner has a great eye and everything is very reasonably priced unlike places like smash.
ubertorontofreeride / March 3, 2015 at 01:54 pm
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jimmymac / March 5, 2015 at 01:21 am
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BlogTO, when did your comments become pure bullshit?
Peter / March 8, 2015 at 07:14 pm
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1925 Workbench makes Barn Doors (with hardware) for 1/3 of the price of other competitors. Also tables, chairs, book cases... check them out for reclaimed furniture and doors. The dude's name is Rock. Hope this helps for those looking, Cheers!
Peter / March 8, 2015 at 07:15 pm
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The company name is "1925 Workbench"
Mike / March 10, 2015 at 08:27 pm
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If you are planning to make your own live edge piece of furniture check out www.woodslabs.ca.
Live Edge Wood Slabs / March 10, 2015 at 08:28 pm
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http://woodslabs.ca/

clickable url
Shauna / March 12, 2015 at 12:11 pm
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*LOVE* all this eclectic stuff...you can make such a great home by including different textures and styles plus...recycling!

Shared this on my facebook page - thanks for all these resources, Natalia! :)
liz / March 18, 2015 at 06:57 pm
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I can't find an address for chipmunksdesign.ca. Where are they?
JV / April 6, 2015 at 10:03 pm
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There are also so many options beyond Toronto if you're willing/able to look. Here's a unique story I saw recently: eldorado14.com
Jill Conner / May 12, 2015 at 08:03 am
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I love reclaimed furniture! I love them because they have stories and their own soul if you want. Thank you for the interesting post!

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