Reupholstered LifeBefore ditching heirloom furniture like a high-backed settee, consider reupholstering it. Old sofas enjoy new lives when re-covered with neutral, eco-friendly fabrics. (HGTV Green Home 2008)
Reclaimed DeskGo dumpster diving or Craigslist hunting for reclaimed furniture. This '50s desk was repainted for a one-of-a-kind home office statement. Design by eco-friendly designer Lori Dennis.
Thift Store TableFor a unique side table, visit your local salvage yard or thrift store. Repurposing and refinishing furniture you've found locally is a great way to go green on a budget.
Assessorized WickerWicker furniture made from rattan or cane is readily available due to its sustainable qualities. Even the most casual wicker furniture can be dressed up with accessories. (HGTV Dream Home 2008)
Painted WickerDon't like the look of eco-friendly wicker chairs? Try painting them to complement your room design.
Sustainable TableIf you can't find furniture that fits, go custom while still going green. This dining set is made of Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood and finished with zero-VOC stain. From eco-friendly designer Lori Dennis
Wooden ChairsSkip plastic outdoor furniture and opt for wooden Adirondack chairs made by local woodworkers. They'll weather gracefully with age, unlike plastic.
Antique CharacterAntiques add character to any home, especially when repurposed for storage. Zinc antique baskets once held clothes during gym classes, but now hold china in an antique display case.
Million BucksTo get a million-bucks look on a budget, refinish salvaged furniture pieces with zero-VOC paint and add new hardware. more about this makeover)
The Right AdhesiveMost plywood contains formaldehyde, which off-gasses into the air. When building furniture — especially for a night stand by your bed — choose an eco-friendly, soy-based adhesive to eliminate these gasses.