Author: Site Editor Publish Time: 2023-08-18 Origin: Site
Some people might have the impression that steel furniture is boring and lacks design, but in fact the opposite, when it comes to furniture design, there are few materials as versatile as steel. Unlike wood, which can be difficult to shape and mold into complex designs, steel can be bent, punched, and molded into a wide variety of shapes and styles.
How Steel Offers More Design Flexibility and Versatility
Steel is in a high-temperature melting state during its manufacturing process, when it is soft and can be cast and shaped. And surely steel is also suitable for deformation at room temperature, because it has good ductility and can change shape through bending, punching and other processes.
On the other hand, wood is a natural material, which is brittle in nature and can be difficult to work with. That is because the structure of wood is very complex. When it is given a force in the direction perpendicular to the grain, it is very fragile and easy to break. And when it is stressed parallel to the direction of the grain, it is much stronger, when it can be shaped to some extent, but is still challenging due to its uneven structure.
For example, steel can be bent into curves and angles that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with wood. It can also be punched with patterns or perforations that add visual interest and texture to the surface.
And because steel is a strong and durable material, it can be used to create furniture with thin profiles and delicate details that would be impossible to achieve with wood.
The Steel Making Techniques That Enable Design Flexibility
The design flexibility of steel is made possible by a number of different techniques used in the manufacturing process. These include:
· Bending: Steel can be bent into curves and angles using specialized equipment that applies pressure to the metal until it takes on the desired shape.
· Punching: Steel can be punched with patterns or perforations using a hydraulic press or other specialized equipment.
· Laser Cutting: Steel can be laser-cut to any desired length or shape with precise cut quality, achieving clean lines, precise angles, and smooth cut sections.
· Powder Coating: Steel can achieve a very durable and long-lasting, and very full and thick-colored finish on its surface through powder coating. The process involves applying a layer of powdered paint to the surface of the steel and then baking it in an oven.
(Previously we have written an article introducing powder coating in details)
These techniques allow designers to create furniture that is both functional and visually interesting, with shapes and textures that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with other materials.
Examples of Steel Furniture with Design Flexibility
At Yadan Steel Furniture, we specialize in creating steel furniture that combines form and function. One example is our cube storage unit, which features a series of interlocking cubes that can be arranged in a variety of configurations.
The frame and panels of this storage are 90-degree bent 3 times at the edge. This design allows for greater strength and stability, creating a rigid structure that can support weight and resist deformation.
The holes on the side panels are punched to allow for buckles to insert to support a flexible partition panel.
Another example is our bookcase with acrylic door, which realizes delicate and full color and texture through power coating.
By using steel as a material, we are able to offer our customers furniture that is not only functional and durable, but also visually interesting and unique. Whether you're looking for a statement piece for your living room or a practical storage solution for your home office, steel furniture offers the design flexibility you need to create the perfect piece for your space.