Metal Coat Stands

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Metal is often used to construct coat.

Typical stands are usually made of chrome, steel, aluminum, or wrought-iron. 

This is a short article describing how metal is used in coat stands.

Chrome Coat Stands

Chrome coat stands have a metallic look and feel.


Aluminum coat stands are usually brushed to make them more attractive, softening reflective surfaces, and make the metal less prone to scratches.  Aluminum coat stands use aluminum tubes construct the shaft of the coat stand. The principles of thickness and strength apply to coat stands.

Aluminum tubing has a number of unique properties that make it an ideal material for constructing coat stands. Aluminum is light-weight metal. Aluminum is the second most commonly used industrial metal - after iron.


Steel coat stands come in one of two flavours - Tubular steel and Steel rod. Tubular steel coat stands using steel tubes and pipes to construct the frame of the coat stand.

Wrought Iron

Wrought iron coat stands are usually made in the antique or Victorian style with curls and bends in the crown and legs of the stand.

Wrought iron is commercially pure iron - with a very low carbon content. This is in contrast to steel, an alloy - another popular coat stand material (see steel coat stands) which has a higher carbon content. Steel = 2% carbon + iron. 

Wrought iron is a fibrous material. This is due to the slag that is formed in the material during smelting. Slag gives wrought-iron a grainy feeling, almost resembling wood. The grain is especially visible when it is etched or bent. 

Wrought iron is tough, malleable, ductile and easily welded. The perfect material for intricate coat stands!

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