If you are thinking about purchasing a wrought iron canopy bed, you probably appreciate the timeless look of this very interesting material. Indeed, wrought iron has been around a long time, and learning about its history only enhances the appeal.
Wrought iron is a metal that has many desirable properties, and is especially known for its toughness, malleability, and ductility. It is also quite easy to weld, making it a great choice for handmade items. It was the most common form of malleable iron before the development of steel making. While it no longer qualifies as 'commercially pure iron' because of its very low carbon content, it is still a very desirable material for many applications. During the 1860's, it was used for ironclad warships and railways, but later on mild steel became the preferred metal for these purposes. Now, it is preferred for more decorative applications, especially furniture.
What are the best properties of the material, making it practical for manufacturers? It is referred to as tough iron, meaning it is not brittle and is strong enough to be used for making tools. If you are wondering what wrought means, it is an archaic past tense form of the verb "to work". Thus it means 'worked iron'.
In our modern world, many products made from mild steel are considered as wrought iron because they contain the properties or have the appearance of it. Some examples are guardrails, garden furniture and gates, among many others. Examples of the products used in building structures include: rivets, nails, chains, railway couplings, water and steam pipes, nuts, bolts, horseshoes, handrails, straps for timber roof trusses, and ornamental ironwork. One obvious product of wrought iron is furniture, such as a romantic and elegant wrought iron canopy bed.
A beautiful piece of furniture such as this can create a dramatic bedroom design in an instant. Further, it will help create a calming, enjoyable environment in the most important room in your house – the place where you begin and end each day! With a little research and planning, your new canopy bed will become a treasured family heirloom.