Iron has been a preferred building material for thousands of years. It is easy for a blacksmith to work with iron. Iron can be heated and reheated. It can be made into many different shapes. Everything from your meals to your bedroom can benefit from quality iron construction. Cast iron pans are one of the most sought-after cooking implements because of their resilience and longevity. Iron beds are popular for exactly the same reasons. They’re heavy and reassuring. They’re not easy to slide around your bedroom floor, nor are they easily damaged. If it is maintained properly, you can keep an iron bed for decades. Here is how they are made.

The Iron

The iron is the foundation of a good iron bed. The iron for iron beds is similar to wrought iron. In many cases, new processes have been used to produce superior forms of iron than the old kinds of wrought iron. Typically, the iron is about 98% pure iron and 2% slag inclusions. The slag inclusions from the forging process give the iron something that resembles the grain of a wood. As it is forged, it is heated and hammered into shape. It is then folded and hammered again. This process happens repeatedly. It emphasises the grain of the inclusions; also, every time it is heated and reheated, it grows stronger. That type of attention to detail and craftsmanship is important to make the best iron beds for sale.

Once that is done, the iron is hammered into shape. The individual components of the bed need to be made from the same great iron that is hammered over and over. A strong bed cannot have any weak points. The weakest point of any construction is where pieces of iron are joined together. The welding is just as important as the forging of the iron.

The Welding

It’s important to buy a handcrafted metal bed because there is an attention to detail that you don’t get unless it is forged by hand. Factory-produced beds are often bolted or riveted together; however, nothing is stronger than a solid weld. Automated processes cannot weld nearly as well as a human crafter. A good crafter will create and inspect each individual weld. Once all of that has cooled off, it’s time to paint the bed.

Finishing the Bed

New kinds of iron are very resistant to rust. The amount of times that it is hammered and heated helps to create a surface that resists rust, but you will still need to finish the bed somehow. The crafters can finish the bed with a simple clear coat of a water-resistant finish. That will leave the look of raw iron but protect from damage. More commonly, they are painted. The paint can be matte or gloss. Matte will give it a simple and classic look while gloss is a little more modern. Powder coating is popular as well. That is a powdery kind of paint that forms a matte finish that is very resilient. Once all of that is finished, you should have a great iron bed.

 

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