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5 WAYS TO USE STEEL BEAMS IN YOUR HOME’S INTERIOR

Updated: May 27


Steel has many uses and there is great potential when it comes to incorporating it within your living space.

Steel beams are very versatile. They look great used with other popular materials, such as concrete, wood, and brick, and can even be painted to suit many different aesthetics.

So, whether you’re after a modern makeover or a rustic renovation, here are 5 ways you can use steel beams throughout your home’s interior.


1. EXPOSED STEEL BEAMS


If you favour an industrial aesthetic throughout your home, you won’t do much better than exposed steel beams. You can use them as supporting posts, to frame an archway, or as a more modern take on wooden ceiling beams. One great thing about choosing to use steel beams inside your home, or to keep original steel beams exposed, is that you can adapt them to suit your existing, or desired décor. Add a coat of paint in a colour of your choice and you’ll have a unique addition to your home.



2. COVER THEM


If you like the idea of beams in your home but steel isn’t really the look you’re after, you can always cover them up. Clad a supporting beam in a material of your choice, such as concrete or wood, to create a pillar that matches your own interior style.




3. FIREPLACE/ MANTLEPIECE


A feature fireplace is a favourite in many homes. By using a steel beam to frame your fireplace, or to add on as an industrial style mantlepiece, you can create a contemporary feature piece. These are great options if you’re a fan of the steel beam look but want something a bit smaller than a floor to ceiling piece. You could use painted steel for a modern, up-to-date aesthetic, or keep the original for a more rustic look.



4. FURNITURE


Steel beams come in different shapes and sizes. If you want to get creative, you could incorporate steel beams into your furniture or home décor. Tables and shelves, for example, are great ways to use smaller pieces of steel alongside other materials. These options can allow you to create an industrial statement piece, or smaller, more subtle pieces that don't take over a room.



5. STAIRS


Steel beams make excellent staircase stringers.

Steel staircases are most commonly used externally, but pair a beam with another material like wood and you'll have yourself a unique focal point for your home.




One important thing to consider when using steel beams, especially if exposing ones that are already part of a building, is to make sure they’re safe and adhere to building regulations. One of the main steps to take is making sure they are fireproof. To fireproof an exposed steel beam, you can use intumescent paint. It swells in excessive heat to protect what it is covering.

If you’re thinking of incorporating steel beams into your home, or exposing existing ones, get in touch with us today for more information.

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