Where does the wood for old wood wall paneling actually come from?

Der Eye Catcher - Reclaimed wood wall paneling!

Increasingly, reclaimed wood can be found indoors, now not only as furniture but also in the form of wall coverings!


Old wood wall panels are clearly an eye-catcher and highly coveted! But not only its appearance is exciting, but also its history.

We are often asked about the origin and background of our old wood wall coverings and because this topic is quite comprehensive, we thought we would just write a blog post about it.

The most common types of wood in the Alpine region are softwoods - i.e. fir, Fichte, pine and Lärche. These types of wood are easy to work with and are also characterized by their low weight. This is why these woods are very popular and often used to build barns and alpine huts, for example. So if you go on a hike to an alpine pasture, you can be very sure that the alpine hut is made of coniferous wood.

Kiefer, ein Holz das gerne für Almhütten verwendet wird

Of course, old wood also consists mostly of coniferous wood, because real old wood is obtained from old and weather-beaten wooden buildings. So when barns (or alpine pastures, huts, etc.) are renovated or removed, the wood gets a second chance. It is cleaned, prepared and stored in drying chambers until it is assigned to its new destination. In the best case, they are brought into the form of panels, equipped with double-sided adhesive strips and can beautify your home :-)

What types of wood are the individual Old wood wall panels It is often not so easy to determine exactly what is involved, because the color often changes significantly due to decades of weathering and structures can no longer be assigned exactly.

But why do several old wood wall panels often have different shades?

The color of the wood, which is often exposed to the weather for several decades, is caused by external influences. However, it also depends on any treatment of the wood and the type of wood. larch wood tends to be darker, for example. Depending on where the wood was used for our old wood wall cladding, it can be more brownish or greyish. If the wood is exposed to a lot of rain and snow, it tends to turn gray. If, on the other hand, it is exposed to the sun for years, the wood acquires the characteristic brownish-red colour. The wooden planks of alpine huts are particularly brownish, as due to their higher location they are more exposed to UV radiation than "normal" barns, which are more likely to be found in the lowlands.

Scheune mit Altholz braun-grau

In this barn you can see the different weathering of the wood very well.

As you can imagine, there isn\'t an infinite number of old barns and cabins to be renovated. That is why there are already many approaches to aging wood faster and changing the color using natural processes. This is a very good example of this Decorative tree "sunburned larch" or the Oak wall panels bronzed. However, real old wood is difficult to imitate, so such attempts should be understood more as color collections :-)

Incidentally, geographically, the waste wood for our wall panels comes from the Alpine regions, since that is where most of the old barns and huts can be found, the characteristics of which match our ideas.


We just like the brown old wood wall paneling, so here\'s another picture:

Altholz Wandverkleidung montiert in modernem Raum