The fast changing world has seen many different types of materials used in furniture and furnishings. However, metal furniture has never gone out of fashion. Aluminium, steel and wrought iron are among the common types of metal used in furniture making. The durability of these metals is the main attraction among the patrons.
Metal furniture can create a unique and rustic look. Adding some cushions or upholstery can change the look and feel of metal furniture and also add to the aesthetics of the surroundings.
When selecting your metal furniture, there are certain points to be considered to ensure you have the right pieces for your requirements.
Choosing the Right Types of Metal for your Needs
There are many different types of metal to consider when selecting metal furniture. These include aluminium, mild steel, or stainless steel. Each of these is suitable for different areas and uses. For example, Aluminium is durable as well as light weight. It can be used both indoors or outdoors. Mild steel is a cost effective option, and tends to be heavy. This is better used for indoors. Another alternative is Stainless Steel, which can be used both indoors and outdoors. This is heavier than mild steel, and tends to be more expensive. There are various grades of stainless steel to choose from, which are suitable for various climates or uses.
1. Consider the weight of the furniture.
Light-weight furniture indicates that the metal used is thin. These lightweight furniture pieces may not withstand a windy day if placed outdoors. In this case, weights may be inserted into the furniture to make it more sturdy. This is usually found in the form of iron rods or iron tubes. For indoor furniture that you plan to rearrange or move fairly often, lightweight may be just the type that you are looking for.
2. Furniture fastenings.
When investing in metal furniture, take a look at the method used to join the metal pieces together. Riveting, welding, or bolting. are the common methods. Welding is considered as one of the best ways to join together the metal pieces. Here at Onestop, all of our metal furniture is fastened using the welding method to ensure strength and durability over time.
For certain types of furniture, we may opt to use screws. This includes furniture that needs to be disassembled during shipping. We will also uses screws for parts of furniture that may need to be reupholstered, such as seats. We will also ensure that screws are countersunk to prevent catching in clothes.
3. Sturdiness is an important factor to look for when buying metal furniture.
You definitely do not want your guests toppling over from their chairs or placing their wine glasses on shaky tables. For metal chairs that have upholstered cushions, it’s a good idea to have seats that can be removed and reupholstered. If the seat is welded in place, you may not have the option of reupholstering. Also be sure that the legs of your metal furniture have plastic or rubber tips. This will prevent your floor or carpet from catching rust stains. We also use metal capping to prevent the colour from being scratched off, as many tropical resorts in the Maldives, Fiji, or Australia, may choose to place their furniture pieces on the sand.
How to care for your Metal furniture
1. Choose the right covers.
When not in use, metal furniture can be covered using protective covers. These covers are easily available on online shopping portals. It is best to avoid using old plastic sheets or tablecloths to cover metal furniture, as these tend to trap humidity and water, thus causing damage to the metal finish.
2. Cleaning your metal furniture.
Most metal furniture is powder coated to prevent rusting. For metal that is painted or spray painted, we may galvanise the metal or add a layer of anti-rust primer. Stainless steel is the best choice of metal for furniture that will be exposed to the elements.
Metal furniture is best cleaned with water. Mild soaps can also be used along with a cloth or sponge, but be sure to wipe dry after cleaning. Before using any household cleaning products, always read the instructions, and be sure not to use products that contain acid.
3. Maintaining your finish.
If you notice slight wear and tear on the metal finishing, it is highly recommended not to ignore it. Ignoring the little chipping off, of the metal can cause greater damage than you anticipate.
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