Wrought Iron

What is Wrought Iron?

From a home decorating standpoint, the term wrought iron commonly refers to ornamental cast iron pieces that are created for decoration. The industrial definition of wrought iron is commercially pure iron that has been worked into a finished product. However, home decor that is referred to as "wrought iron" today is commonly made of mild steel, which is a combination of iron and a small amount of carbon. Unlike pig iron, which is a high carbon content metal that is very brittle and not easy to shape, mild steel has the same properties as iron - it is soft and easy to form - and it's also relatively inexpensive. It is commonly misspelled and mispronounced as rod iron or rot iron.

In early times, wrought iron was used to help protect windows and doors from intruders in addition to being decorative in places such the Canterbury Cathedral and the Notre Dame de Paris. Home decorating with wrought iron really started increasing in popularity around the 16th century. From the castles of times past to the most common wall decor available today, wrought iron is a timeless material for items around the home, both indoors and outdoors. 

When it comes to decorating and furnishing your home with ornamental iron, there are many products to choose from, including:

  • Wrought iron furniture. Wrought iron bedroom furniture such four poster, platform, iron and wood, canopy, and brass beds, cribs, and iron headboards made by popular manufacturers such as Thomasville, Wesley Allen, and Ashley Furniture available online at stores such as Ikea and Pottery Barn. Accent furniture such as end table sets, coffee tables, benches
  • Wrought iron kitchen furniture and decor. Dining tables and chairs, bar stools, pot racks, bakers racks, wine racks and cabinets, plate racks, risers, paper towel holders.
  • Wrought iron bathroom furnishings - accessories, towel bars, towel rings, towel racks, bath hooks, mirrors, shelves, vanities, pedestal lavatories, soaker tubs, toilet paper holders, towel stands, vanity lighting.
  • Wrought iron table and Chairs. Various types such as accent, bistro, coffee, console, dining, folding, occasional, patio, pub, and sofa.   
  • Wrought iron lighting, including wrought iron chandeliers, table lamps, floor lamps, ceiling fans, candelabras, outdoor lighting.
  • Wrought iron wall decor. Metal wall hangings come in various designs and styles including tuscan and modern wrought iron sconces, plaques, shelves, wall grille, medallions, valances, friezes, pediments, wall clocks, wall shelves, wall fountains, and mirrors.
  • Wrought iron home decor. Wrought iron curtain rods, curtain tie backs, plant stands, coat racks, pot rings, umbrella stands, baskets, CD holders, globes, magazine racks, book ends, shelves, hardware, pedestals, sculptures, quilt racks, wrought iron candle holders, bird cages, coasters, table clocks, and wrought iron window accessories.
  • Wrought iron fireplace accessories - fireplace screens, fenders, firebacks, fire tool sets, log racks and holders, andirons.
  • Wrought iron railings and spindles for stairs and balconies.
  • Wrought iron staircase items including spiral staircase handrails and baluster.
  • Wrought iron patio furniture. Tables, chairs, benches, gliders, chaises, patio sets.
  • Wrought iron outdoor decor. Plant stands, garden benches, weather vanes, bird baths, bird feeders, door mats, doorbell knockers, edging, water hose holders, garden statues, garden gates, fountains, stakes, fire pits, window boxes, arbors, planters (wall and hanging), gazebos, pavilions, outdoor lighting, lanterns, mailboxes, trellises, outdoor thermometers and clocks.
  • Wrought iron fence. Pool, yard, garden, decorative, picket, privacy, ornamental fencing, and fence panels.
  • Wrought iron gates. Garden, driveway, entry, automatic, sliding, decorative, antique, vintage, custom, security, ornamental, and window gates. Various metal gate designs are also available.
  • Wrought iron hardware including a variety of handles, knobs, wrought iron wall hooks, hinges, shelf brackets and latches that are great for a cabinet, gate, fence, railing, door, or window. Wrought iron hardware also includes curtain drapery hardware and door knockers.
  • Other wrought iron items holiday and seasonal items, including metal Christmas decorations such as Holiday wrought iron candleholders of various shapes such as a Christmas tree, reindeer, or snowman. Other items such as tree stands, card holders, Christmas collectibles, figurines, angels, ornaments, stocking holders, and gifts!

Large retail stores such as Lowes and Pottery Barn are good places to find wrought iron items for sale. Purchasing wholesale wrought iron directly from the dealer is a good way to get discount prices. eBay is another great online site to find a wide selection of wrought iron products at great prices. There are some very nice antique wrought iron items that can be found no where else. 

Whether you are looking to add style with wrought iron to a bedroom, dining room, or backyard, decorative iron works for any part of your home and any decorating style.  Finding the perfect iron items for your home has never been easier. The internet makes it easy to find and purchase just about any wrought iron decoration you may be looking for. You can even get started decorating your home today!



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