Furniture is the cornerstone of the environments in which we live and work. Whether it is our home, office, or retail business, these pieces set the tone and functionality of our space.
While wood historically has been the go-to in furniture construction, consumers now have a wider variety of materials from which to choose. Metal-based items have several unique upsides that make them better than wood, plastics, or other composites.
From aesthetics to sustainability, metal (specifically steel-constructed) furniture can be more durable and environmentally friendly than other furniture construction materials.
Why Choose Metal?
1. Visual Appeal
The design is the most straightforward reason you may want to consider going with metal furniture in your space. Taking advantage of sleek, simple lines, metal built furniture is right at home in modern and industrial rooms.
Different construction techniques and material strength allow for more unique statement pieces. With the vast array of finishes that can be applied, it is easy to make an item feel right at home.
The piece’s look isn’t the only visual bonus of choosing metal. It can provide the same structure and function as traditional materials with considerably less bulk, making a room feel more open and spacious in small spaces – without sacrificing usability.
Purchasing quality furniture is an investment, whether for a home or business space. Furniture that can last a long time without needing repairs or replacement can result in huge cost and time savings.
Steel outperforms wood, plastics, and many other composites for durability over a variety of potentially damaging environmental factors, including:
- Water damage
- Damage from pets and kids
Compared to wood or plastic composites, metal is less prone to environmental changes. Areas with high humidity or that can experience rapid changes in humidity can wreak havoc on wooden furniture. Metal has a higher tolerance to these changes.
No matter how well made a piece of wooden furniture is, humidity changes will eventually begin to warp boards, loosen fasteners and joins, and split vital parts which can be time-consuming and sometimes expensive to repair.
Steel-constructed furniture is entirely resistant to changes in air humidity, and only the most extreme temperature changes might cause damage.
Water damage is also much less of a concern. Should flooding or plumbing incidents occur, metal will not suffer the same wear and potential rot as its wooden counterparts, which can be a massive bonus if you live or work in a flood risk area.
Steel is also resistant to other types of damage that can stem from pets, children, or just general wear and tear. It likely won’t appeal to pets as a scratching post, and being constructed of a considerably harder material than wood or plastic, damage to metal pieces usually remains superficial and can be buffed out easily if it is scratched.
Even if you are planning on using the furniture piece in an environment free of pets or kids, like an office or client-facing space, investment in something resistant to damage can save you money in the long run. This durability can make metal attractive if you know you will likely have to move furniture around frequently or to new locations.
It can take the wear and tear of frequent use.
Steel’s strength and weight also give it several added benefits in residential and commercial furniture applications. Tables and shelves will both carry more weight without the risk of buckling and will also be much more difficult to move or topple over accidentally.
Any large piece of furniture that is tall, heavy, or has the potential to be climbed on, should be anchored securely to a wall.
This one might at first seem a little counterintuitive as a bonus for opting for steel-built furniture over wood, though both trump their plastic-based counterparts. Trees can be replanted, but the process of lumbering and milling those parts into raw materials all have an environmental cost.
Not to mention, woodworking companies can often have significant wood material waste costs from matching the grain and removing natural defects.
Steel, while non-renewable, is a rare 100% recyclable material; and is the most recycled material on earth. This recyclability is not the only thing making it more sustainable. Steel has improved durability, making it a piece of furniture that will be with you for a long time.
A Piece for Any Room
Johnston Casuals is dedicated to beautiful, functional furniture built sustainably and to order by master workers right here in North Carolina. We have options for every room of the house or office.
Designed to be beautiful, crafted to last you a lifetime. Browse our catalog today to see if one of our existing pieces is right for you, or contact us if you have an idea for a custom design.