A Guide to Picking the Best Metal Furniture

If you are looking to do a home improvement project, metal furniture should be one of the items on the list. This is because metal furniture is very versatile and can be fitted to different décor styles; vintage, contemporary or minimalist. You can also easily deploy multi-purpose metal furniture that will be useful both indoors and outdoors. Buying metal furniture is relatively straightforward if you know what kind of metal you want. If you are new to metal furniture, you could use a few tips on how to go about it.

Types of metal furniture

  • Aluminum – This type of metal is preferred for its light weight. Furniture items can be crafted from tubing or casting. Aluminum is rust proof making it ideal for the outdoors. It is also easy to clean as this can be done by scrubbing with water without the risk of rusting.
  • Iron – This metal is hard and heavy. It is mainly used for decorative pieces particularly using wrought iron which has been a favorite with metal smiths for a long time. Its main shortcoming is that it rusts.
  • Steel – This metal which is made of iron as an alloy has the advantage of being lighter and more flexible than pure iron. When looking for steel furniture, go for galvanized steel or stainless steel which does not rust.

Types of form and finishing

Different craftsmen have different ways of working the metal and decorating the final product.

  • Wrought – This is where the metal is heated into a pliable form then hammered into shape. This method is ideal for making slender decorative pieces and curved patterns.
  • Casting – This method involves melting the metal and pouring it onto a mold where it sets into the wanted shape. This method is used when making numerous pieces of the same form and size.
  • Powder coat finishing – This is a type of finishing where rather a coat of electrostatically charged liquid containing resin and pigment is sprayed on the metal surface. This makes it adhere better than common paint. It is also scratchproof.

Choosing the style

There are basically two ways to style with metal furniture:

  • Metal only- This is where you set only metal items. This is ideal where the furniture is subject to rough handling and heavy winds if it is to be placed outdoors. This look is sleeker and more angular more suited to the contemporary styles.
  • Metal and other items – In this style, you mix the metal furniture items with other material like wood or fabric. For example a dining set having metal chairs and a solid oak table is vintage style. This styling is appropriate indoors.

There are many other considerations to make when buying metal furniture but with these basics, you are bound to get it correct.

How to Buy Beautiful Curtains That Match

Curtains can make a big difference in a room in setting the tone and mood.  Mismatched curtains no matter how beautiful they look make a room look awkward.   Most interior decorators will say that the curtains are perhaps the biggest attractions on a room’s walls as the eyes will always be drawn to the source of light. Choosing the rights curtains will revolve around getting the color, length, and fabric right.

Length

There are two ways to hang curtains. The traditional look is where the curtains puddle on the floor, and the modern look is where the curtains are flush with the floor.   In both ways, the hanging panels for the top edges should be six inches above the window frame. For the traditional look add 2-5 inches to the measured length including the six inches of the hanging panels.

The width should be such that when the windows are open, the curtains do not cover much of the window panes. You should measure four to eight inches to both sides of the window to make this allowance.

Fabric

Curtain fabric should be such that it should be folded crisply and fall well to the floor. When buying at the fabric shop, you should work with a big sample at least 1.5 meters long. You should hold it up while pleating it like an accordion.  You should then let the curtain drape to the floor. The fabric should fall well to the floor without flaring.

The best fabrics for curtains include velvet, linen, silk, and faux silk. If you would like the room to retain some warmth, go for heavy fabrics like velvet, tweed or tapestry. You can also opt to have a lining on the underside of the fabric.

Color

The fabric’s color should match that of the room’s walls. Interior décor experts recommend neutral colors. They blend well with other colors in the room. Bright colors will fade fast in a window that sees a lot of sunshine while too dark colors would make the room’s mood too somber.

Custom made vs. off-shelf

This is an issue many people grapple with. Custom made curtains allow for taste and preferences. Everything can be customized including dimensions, fabric, color, header style, lining etc. The limitations with customization are in the budget and the skill of the tailor. Customization is a bit expensive depending on the level of customization needed. It also takes time. The design could also come out funny if the skill of the tailor is not up to task.

Off-shelf curtains have the advantage of being quick to install and cheap. Their main limitation is that the buyer has to work with whatever is available.