Are you planning on adding something extra to your cabin? You could try some wrought iron cabin decor. This adds an air of rustic-ness to the interior of your cabin, in a classy way!
What is authentic wrought iron?
Most authentic wrought iron was made over 100 years ago. Generally, wrought iron is something that has been transformed from its use 100 or so years ago – for example, a gate – to the furniture that it is now. Metalsmiths take the original product and change it to the type of furniture that they are marking.
Should I buy from a metalsmith?
There are much fewer metalsmiths nowadays because these pieces cost so much money – but you can guarantee that you’ll get an excellent piece. Metalsmiths create furniture on a bespoke basis from historic metal that will look perfect in your cabin. However, if you cannot afford a metalsmith, there are other options to get wrought-iron style cabin decor.
Wrought iron or worked iron
Wrought can also mean worked. If you want traditional wrought iron, it will be made as specified above. However, worked iron could be iron and other alloys mixed together, which creates hand-worked steel. This is cheaper than authentic wrought iron, and it is difficult to tell the difference between them. Therefore, if you are looking for a more budget-friendly way to add sophisticated decor to your cabin, this could be it!
Wrought iron furniture ideas
There are lots of furniture items that can be made with wrought iron. Here are some of the best:
- Lights and chandeliers, which will be a talking point with your guests!
- Bed frames, which are one of the most traditional ways to use wrought iron, and will give your cabin a classy edge.
- Outside tables and chairs will complement your decking well and will be on display for everybody to see!
How to clean wrought iron
Wrought iron does not rust very easily, as it is fibrous and has a powder coating finishing. However, it shouldn’t be left outside in the rain and should be taken care of well. If you’re unlucky and do get some rust, scrub it lightly with a wire brush or use kerosene for rust stains.
To clean wrought iron furniture, warm water and soap will suffice. Use a cloth for the main surface, but in any small nooks or crannies, use a scrubbing brush (such as an old toothbrush)
into the soapy mixture and scrub. Then, just rinse with water. This is generally enough to ensure that your wrought iron stays clean and looking great!
Most cleaning and rust removal can be done on the furniture as a whole, but for a thorough clean, you could disassemble the furniture and clean each piece individually before putting it back together.
Wrought iron cabin decor is a great way to add a touch of sophistication to your cabin. While it can be pricey, it’s timeless furniture that you’ll use for many years to come and is more than worth the steep cost!