Steel and wood are two of the most common materials used to make furniture. While wood is often associated with warmth and elegance, steel is known for its strength and durability. Wood has a natural beauty and unique texture, while steel can be molded into various shapes and designs. However, despite its practical advantages, steel is often seen as cold and lacking in style compared to wood. In this article, we'll compare our steel furniture with IKEA's products to show that steel furniture can be just as elegant and visually interesting as wooden furniture.
The People's Impression About Steel Furniture
The stereotype about steel furniture is that it's plain, lacking style or design, and used in serious places like companies, banks, and warehouses. It's often seen as cold boxes or shelves with simple functions. However, this stereotype is not necessarily true.
Comparison Between Some of Our Products and IKEA's Wooden Products
The texture of wood furniture can also be realized in steel furniture through special craftsmanship. Here are three comparisons between our steel furniture and IKEA's wooden furniture:
Comparison 1: Chest of Drawers
Our Massa Collection of black steel chest of drawers (picture below, left) take some inspiration from the wooden ones of IKEA (right). They're able to create a three-dimensional effect with visible gaps and more planes and layers on the rim. But at the same time, we use a metal, golden knob handle to create a noble feeling.
Visit our product section to explore more details about our Massa steel chest of drawers.
Comparison 2: Wardrobe with Boxy Pattern
This wooden wardrobe from IKEA (picture below, right) has a textured surface with sunken boxes that create a visually dynamic and three-dimensional effect. This can also be realized in our steel wardrobe. In fact, steel material is easier to be deformed through punching, bending, rolling and other processes. Steel has better ductility and tenacity than wood, allowing for more intricate designs.
By adding these sunken box designs, our steel wardrobe is able to have more depth and dimension, which helps to the bring in the beauty of texture typically seen in wood furniture while also keeping steel’s characters of firmness and angularity.
And we go above and beyond by designing different sizes of boxes and arrange them in different directions. We also add these exquisite handles made of leather and metal buckles to gift it a touch of luxury and sophistication.
Comparison 3: Wardrobe with Raw Wood Texture
This IKEA wooden wardrobe (picture below, right) has a color and texture of raw wood on all of its surfaces except the door. We can do the same with our steel wardrobe using the Wood Grain Transfer technique. This technique can be used to give the appearance of wood on the surface of the steel.
The process involves printing a wood grain pattern onto a special paper, which is then placed onto the surface of the steel. Heat is applied to the paper, causing the ink to transfer onto the steel and creating a wood-like appearance.
And for this wardrobe of ours (picture above, left), which obviously looks like wood, or at least partially using wood, can you tell it's actually all steel? Amazing. While retaining the characteristics of the steel structure that can bear more weight, it also adds a natural touch and warmth to the space.
And don't forget that steel surface is particularly well-suited for beautiful, high-definition graphics with a variety of painting/spraying techniques. This Chinese styled painting we added on its doors is a wonderful addition and enhancement to this design.
Go to product section to explore more details about our steel wardrobe with wooden texture.
Steel furniture is not only aesthetically pleasing but also has many practical advantages over wooden furniture.
Steel is more sustainable as it doesn't require cutting down trees, and is recyclable at the end of its life cycle. In addition, the technique of powder coating is used to color and treat the surface of our steel furniture. This method is healthier as it doesn't contain formaldehyde or other harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which is typically involved in traditional wet painting. It also makes the color with better texture as it's thicker and fuller.
In conclusion, the stereotype about steel furniture being plain and lacking style is not necessarily true. By comparing our steel furniture with IKEA's products, we can see that steel furniture can be just as elegant and visually interesting as wooden furniture. Through special craftsmanship, steel can mimic the texture and three-dimensional effects of wood while also offering benefits such as strength and sustainability. It's time to break the stereotype and consider steel furniture as a stylish and functional option for any space.