Any time I’m talking to a new woodworker or even just a DIY weekend warrior, I also make a point to tell them to make sure they look beyond the big box stores for other lumber and reclaimed wood choices. Big box stores are expensive!
Some areas of the country are limited on their options as to where woodworkers can get their wood. Houston though is NOT one of those places. You are lucky because you have plenty of excellent options.
Not only is buying from a lumber yard cheaper but you get MUCH higher quality product to choose from. Take a look at my list below for the best places to buy lumber and reclaimed wood in the Houston, Texas area!
Best Places To Buy Lumber In Houston
Clark’s Hardwood Lumber Company is an amazing place. They offer a wide variety of lumber for very competitive prices. If you are new to woodworking or never purchased wood from a store that isn’t a big box chain, I’d suggest you stopping here. Their staff is extremely knowledgeable and willing to take their time to teach and explain everything to you to ensure you make the right purchase for your project.
Clark’s was started back in 1948 and was acquired by the Clark family in 1968 and have been family owned ever since. At any time, you can walk in their store and find over 100 species of wood from around the world. It’s likely you’ll see wood here that you’ll never even knew existed! They also have an extensive amount of reclaimed wood as well.
In addition to a wide selection of product, they also offer a wide range of services. You can purchase wood from them as rough you want to as cleaned up as you need. Their rough cut wood is sold by the board foot while the fully finished boards are sold by the linear foot. If you haven’t heard of board foot before, you can take a look at this article I wrote that will explain it all to you.
Clark’s also sells plywood and other miscellaneous wood products such as butcher block, hand railing and flooring.
Phone: (713) 862-6628
Address: 700 E. 5 ½ St. Houston, TX 77007
Hours: 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday thru Friday; 9:00am – 1:00pm on Saturday.
Old World Lumber Company
Old World Lumber has some IMPRESSIVE product, especially if you like reclaimed wood and just history in general. They opened their business back in 2015 to save the wood from old barns and structures and bring these items to the public to make into furniture and decor for their home.
They have an amazing product line of reclaimed wood. You’ll find everything from old beams to flooring and barnwood. They also have massive pieces of oak slabs that you can purchase. These are great for conference room tables, dining tables or even kitchen countertops.
One really neat feature on their website is that they allow you to see the before/after impact of finishing a beam that will be used as a mantel. The difference is impressive, especially if you haven’t worked with reclaimed wood much in the past.
Phone: (214) 714-4647
Address: 6626 Guhn Rd, Houston, TX 77040
Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday thru Friday; 10:00am – 2:00pm on Saturday.
Feeling intimidated about going to a lumber company or sawmill to buy lumber? Check out my article here, so you’ll know what to expect!
Hardwoods Product Company
This company has been servicing the Houston area for more than 40 years. The are located about 17 miles west of downtown Houston.
Here you will find a wide range of hardwood and softwood. They carry more than 30 different species of wood. The have all the common hardwoods you can expect along with some exotics such as Zebrawood, African Mahogany and Purpleheart.
In addition to a vast array of wood choices, they also have a large amount of custom molding options and offer custom milling if you can’t find exactly what you need with their current stock.
Pricing for Hardwoods Product Company is very competitive. This is a great place to shop if you need quality wood for a good price!
Phone: (713) 984-8904
Address: 1585 West Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, TX 77043
Hours: 7:30am – 5:00pm Monday thru Friday
Helmwood Urban Lumber
Helmwood Urban is a small sawmill that offer some beautiful pieces of lumber at great prices. All of their lumber is sourced locally from the Houston area.
Helmwood specializes in live edge slabs. You can see their current inventory (and pricing) by checking out their website.
If you get a live edge slab from them, you can get them to pre-surface the wood for you. This will save you a ton of time!
In addition to the portable sawmill services, they have a large kiln and offer it as a service as well. This is a service that isn’t easily found in many cities. Putting lumber in a kiln is extremely important to ensure it doesn’t shrink and crack months and years down the road. It’s also a very important step to kill and bugs or insects that might be living in the log/wood.
Phone: (281) 849-8457
Address: 18002 Bamwood Rd, Houston, TX 77090
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday thru Friday; By Appointment on Saturday
The Reclaimed Wood Shop
The Reclaimed Wood Shop got their start in 2013. They offer a very wide variety of wood products in their showroom. You can find all the normal reclaimed lumber you would ever need, in addition to beams, mantles and barn doors.
In additional to the normal reclaimed wood, they also have corbels, table legs, live edge slabs and a large assortment of custom furniture.
Another interesting note, is that they have won the Best of Houzz award for service every year since 2015!
Phone: (832) 206-7300
Address: 2102 W.34th St. Houston TX. 77018
Hours: 8:00am – 2:00pm Monday thru Friday (By Appointment Only)
Historic Houston is a non-profit. It was formed in an effort to preserve wood, fixtures and just about anything else you can find in old homes that are being torn down. This place is amazing. You can find a little bit of everything here.
Their inventory changes constantly and you never know what might come in the door. You can make weekly trips to this store and find new stuff each and every time.
They have a great supply of reclaimed lumber and flooring as well as old wooden doors and windows.
One thing to remember; you do have to join their non profit in order to enter the building and look around They depend on these memberships in order to stay in operation as a non-profit. A membership is $55 for an individual and $150 for a contractor/design.
They are constantly posting pictures to their Facebook and Instagram site to give followers a view of their current inventory.
Phone: (832) 409-5503
Address: 1200 National, Suite B, Houston, TX 77008
Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday thru Thursday and on Saturday
Instagram Page: The Salvage Warehouse
Houston residents, there you have it. I hope you realize how lucky you are to have such a vast selection of lumber and reclaimed wood in your city. Many cities are lucky to have one good source but you have multiple!
Feel free to add any additional locations that I may have missed in the comments section below!