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Metal beds were valued in the old days in interior design, they have not lost their qualities even today. Iron products give the interior sophistication, luxury, chic and a romantic atmosphere. Metal models can be combined with various textures (wood, fabrics, glass, stone) and allow you to create projects in different styles: from classic and baroque to high-tech and modern.
Metal bed in the interior
The interior of a bedroom with a metal bed is made in classic, gothic, romantic styles, baroque, hi-tech, etc. An exquisite piece of furniture due to the characteristics of the material is the main element in the design of a place to relax. Decor, wall decoration, curtain texture, etc. are selected for the bed. The method of artificial aging, gilding, and inlays will emphasize the beauty of the iron product. Openwork bases and figured furniture legs look very stylish with stained glass elements.
The design of a metal bed in the interiors of the directions of minimalism, hi-tech has its own specifics. Concise forms are required, rectangular models, the backs should be with straight crossbars. Coating — matte or chrome.
A romantic atmosphere will be created by the use of white-painted furniture with patterned inserts. The design of the room must be supplemented with a canopy, exquisite bedspreads in light colors. Baroque bedrooms are suitable for metal products decorated with ornaments, wood and stone inserts. In such interiors, it is not recommended to paint metal: a natural dark or steel shade is the most refined.
Forging looks advantageous in the setting. Antique chests, frames for mirrors, lamps will create a harmonious ensemble with furniture in the atmosphere of an oriental interior. A successful combination of patterns in the elements of the interior and the design of the bed. Forged products in the Provencal design direction are organic.
Metal beds look harmonious in loft-style rooms. Rough finish, lack of openwork elements, natural textures are suitable for design.
Features and Benefits
The advantages of iron beds are wear resistance, hygiene. The technical characteristics of the models provide reliability, allow to withstand mechanical damage and heavy loads. Steel products are distinguished by interior versatility, as metal is combined with decorative elements of various textures: wood, glass, stone, etc.
Iron beds are environmentally friendly, because the material does not contain harmful impurities. An important criterion is strength. Metal products have a rigid frame, due to which they do not break. The material is fireproof, resistant to temperature extremes, does not rot (after special treatment) even at high humidity or dryness. Metal furniture is durable. The exclusivity and originality of the models are provided by forged elements in the decoration.
When placed in a room, it is worth considering the massiveness of the pieces of furniture, their heavy weight, and the cool texture of the surfaces.
Forged beds are made mainly by hand, so they are produced in 1 copy and have a high price. The metal is processed at high temperatures and becomes more durable, withstands heavy loads. Models made by forging are distinguished by their heavy weight. At the same time, products are created both rough, massive, and elegant, openwork, depending on the author’s project.
Furniture can be completely forged or with hand-made elements (headboard, legs). The production process requires the use of expensive materials — copper, iron, cast iron, aluminum. Finishing of products is carried out using powder paints with a wide range of shades, so you can choose different colors for the desired interior.
Factory models are produced by stamping. Iron, brass (an alloy of zinc and copper) are used in the manufacture. Products are also made from a steel profile or pipes (hollow) with a thickness of 1.5–2 mm.
Factory products are lighter than forged ones. Designs can withstand weight up to 200 kg. Large loads will lead to deflection of elements or breakage of products. The advantages of factory models are simplicity, versatility of design, affordable price. Practical and beautiful single beds in classic interiors, as well as in the design of country houses. Models are easy to clean, have high hygienic properties.
The main characteristics of a metal bed are high strength and long service life. The metal does not change shape, endures large mechanical loads. A stronger base of the product is made of metal pipes. A professionally forged model with a coating can last up to 30 years without repair. The service life is affected by: frequency of use, ways of caring for the product, humidity in the room.
Variety of design forms
Models are divided into standard and non-standard. The most common standard rectangular shape. The product is suitable for various interiors, for compact spaces. Non-standard models are represented by models of round, square, oval shapes. Original solutions for author’s interior projects are possible. On request, beds with a canopy, additional shelves, etc. are created.
Beds are available in single and bunk beds. Single-level models are used to decorate most bedrooms. For children’s rooms, two-tier models are allowed — stationary, mobile, folding, etc.
There are products for adults and children. The latter are smaller, equipped with 3–4 backs for safe operation. Beds for adults have 2 headboards.
An iron bed can be of a standard design or folding and transforming. Transforming models that are suitable for compact spaces and are multifunctional are popular. Folding furniture can serve as a cabinet. The sofa bed is transformed from a place to relax into a double model. Designs equipped with roll-out systems for storing linen and household appliances look good.
Varieties of designs
Many iron structures have been developed, which differ in size, shape, style, and purpose. The choice in favor of bunk products allows you to save space in an apartment or house. Such designs are used in the design of children’s rooms. Among the common products is a loft bed. The model is ergonomic, will help to organize the space comfortably.
In compact rooms, folding structures are used that do not take up much space. The sofa bed on a metal frame is a place of rest, and, if necessary, unfolds to a comfortable sleeping space. Models can be equipped with a headboard and footboard — stationary or folding elements. When choosing a sofa bed, you must consider: the model is left-handed or right-handed.
Designs with drawers can be single and double. Some manufacturers provide for the creation of one double bed from 2 single products.
The head of a metal bed can be low, medium, high — the parameters depend on the interior design. Models are solid or openwork. Distinguish stationary (built-in) headboards and removable. Hanging elements are mounted to the wall, because they have decorative tasks.
Forging in the design of the headboard will bring romance to the interior. Headboards with gilding, carvings, and ornaments are common. This element of a metal bed can become a room decoration.
Harmonious in classic interiors, the backs of laconic forms in the form of lattices. Strict design of elements is also required for minimalism and high-tech styles. It is applicable to use on the backs of silver coating. The simplicity of the bedroom in country and rustic styles is emphasized by metal backs in black or brown. The smooth curves of the iron bed are suitable for the interior of a wooden house. The canopy is decorated with fabric.
The range of bed sizes differs in 3 parameters: width, length and height. The width of the product is affected by: the number of beds and the configuration of the model. There are 5 groups of size ranges in width: children’s, single, one and a half, double, triple.
Children’s models differ depending on age. A single bed is suitable for teenagers or for compact spaces. The width of the model is no more than 80 cm. For adults, one and a half typical products are more popular: from 120x200 to 140x200 cm. The metal double bed has a size range of 160x200 cm. The model for 3 beds is more than 2 m wide.
The height of the bed can be low, medium, large. The size of the low ones varies from 20 to 40 cm. A model of this type is suitable for interiors of a minimalist or ethnic style.
The average height is optimal and varies from 40 to 60 cm. High products (from 70 to 90 cm) are suitable for rooms in baroque, art deco and modern styles.
The cost of a metal product is affected by the quality of the composition, the method of manufacture, the type of construction, and the methods of decoration. Models related to the economy class are standard, factory-made. Author’s products for individual design cost much more. The price also depends on the availability of additional items.
A metal single-tier and reinforced bed costs less than a bunk counterpart. Two-story models and attic-type products are at the same price level. The cost of a double bed is determined by: height and width, the presence of decor elements, finishes, etc.
The design of the headboard, which can be forged, with balusters, carvings, inlays, affects the price of iron beds. Expensive coloring options (with the effect of aging, gilding) increase the cost of the product. The price of a hand-forged bed depends on the size, material and complexity of the order.
Step-by-step technology for creating a metal bed
Making metal beds at home allows you to create a model of non-standard sizes with an author’s finish. Preparatory work includes the selection of materials, sizing and design, drawing up a drawing.
The best way to create a piece of furniture yourself is to make it from a finished iron frame. To assemble a metal product, you will need: a welding machine, grinder, drill, tape measure, files, sandpaper sheets, brushes, primer, varnishes, paints.
The installation process begins with the installation of the backs. Pipe blanks are welded according to the drawing, fixed on the base using a welding machine. The ruler is required to control the degree of construction. Then the bed base is installed. Experts recommend lattice, because it is more reliable in operation than solid. The lattice is welded onto the finished frame. After assembly, the seams and protruding elements of the home-made structure are treated with sandpaper or a grinder.
The final stage is the preparation of the surface for painting. Materials are recommended to choose with anti-corrosion properties. It is necessary to apply a primer, hide cracks and irregularities. Then the surface is varnished and painted. The frame is dried and proceed to decoration. The decoration uses spraying (gold and silver paint), aging or decoupage techniques.