Trend We Love: Black Factory Doors

We’re seeing it in balconies, kitchens, bathrooms—even bedrooms. These steel factory doors are so hot right now!

Updated on July 03, 2017 20:07 pm

Camille Besinga

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It’s an intrinsic element of the industrial look: Metal doors and windows were largely used in factories, greenhouses, and warehouses of old. But now, these steel, grid-like doors can be found everywhere—outdoors, indoors, offices and homes, in hardworking spaces like the kitchen, in formal areas like the living room, even in the most intimate rooms like bathrooms and bedrooms.

What makes metal factory doors so hot right now? Here are some reasons why these are great additions to your home.

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The strength of the material allows factory doors to have really slim and slender sightlines, which is great if you would like a clean, streamlined look to your space.

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Metal factory doors actually make for great space dividers: They physically separate areas into fully functioning rooms without blocking the flow of light.

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Another reason it’s a great space divider is that a room divided by glass won’t feel as cramped as a room divided by walls.

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Factory doors are versatile as they span various architectural and interior styles. Whether you prefer a more traditional-looking space or have a contemporary flat, whether you are going for Scandinavian style or luxurious eclectic, factory doors and windows will look right at home in, well, your home.

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You can use them as windows or doors—either way, they are extremely durable and can withstand decay, weather, and fire. (Take extra precaution in a seaside location though, as salt in the atmosphere may cause the metal to corrode.)

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Metal doors can also withstand changes in weather and humidity. Unlike wood, they do not contract and expand in response to weather and atmospheric conditions, which is why they’re also good for use in bathrooms and shower enclosures.

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In terms of visual impact, steel factory doors add a graphic element to any space.

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Because of their durability, they do not require as much maintenance and upkeep as their wooden counterparts.

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They’re also more practical in terms of cost of repairs. If one glass pane breaks, you’ll only need to replace that one broken pane, and not the entire door.

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Factory doors aren’t just limited to black—although that is the more popular preference. You may paint them in gray or white, or in any other door colour you prefer. Just check with your supplier if they allow this in powder coated finishes.

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On the downside, you may have to spend double or triple the cost of ordinary wooden or aluminium windows, as steel is a much more expensive material. That’s why it’s practical to just have a few doors or windows in this style, to act as an architectural focal point.

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As well, steel doors and windows may be heavier than you’re used to, so this is not recommended for homes with handicapped residents, senior citizens, or very young children.


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