Pros and Cons of Metal Work Tables Pros and Cons of Metal Work Tables

Though metal work tables can be used as part of a modern and stylish room, it is still beneficial to undertake some research in what to expect. By understanding the positives and negatives of such a table, you can make a decision about whether one will work for you.

Maintenance

Metal work tables will often prove easy to clean, requiring nothing more than to be wiped with a cloth dampened with water or, for more stubborn marks, the addition of a little white vinegar. You will not have to do any work to protect it, as can be required with wood, and it will be unaffected by pests such as termites. Also, if you wish to change the color specialist paints that are made for metals can be found at many hardware stores.  

Heat

It is best to avoid positioning a metal work table in direct sunlight as it will retain heat and make it uncomfortable to work on. In addition, heat will be transferred to items that are on the table which, in turn, will make them uncomfortable to use.  

Weight

Depending on the type of metal used, a metal work table can weigh less than its wooden counterpart which will make it easier to shift and move to a new location when necessary.   

Damage

Dings and scratches that you sustain to your metal work tables can prove difficult to repair well. Though scratches and scuffs can be covered up with sprays specifically made for metals that are available from hardware stores, it will never be perfect as the repaired patch will always be noticeable. While dings and depressions can be knocked out from the other side, it is unlikely to ever look perfectly smooth unless the repair job is undertaken by a professional who has specialist tools. A table that contains drawers and runners will use many fixtures and fittings which can quickly become worn if overused. If the metal becomes stretched due to drawers being overloaded, this will be near impossible to repair and return it to its original strength.

Style

The shape and finish of metal work tables will provide a modern style for the room that it is placed in. It is easy to match it to various decoration in the same style. Other materials, however, can be more limited and be more useful if you are looking to create a more traditional decor.

Construction

The manner in which metal work tables are constructed means that it will often comprise sharp corners. Though these can be covered with rubber or plastic fittings, dangerous edges can be left exposed if these fall off or become dislodged. Not only can this result in damage to items that get caught, it can cause harm to individuals who get too close. The malleable nature of metal means that it will be less sturdy than other materials if the metal is not thick enough. This can cause bowing and dents if it is overloaded or accidently collided with.

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