As we all know, aluminum profile is a light, high-strength and environment-friendly building material. Because of its excellent mechanical features and processing performance, the trend of “aluminum taking the place of wood” is getting more and more popular in the field of architecture and furniture. Here are some brief introductions on the developing research of aluminum furniture:
As aluminum profile has special mechanical features, aluminum furniture also has various structural forms, which mainly include fixed type, folding type, and dismantled type.
Fixed-type Aluminum Furniture:
Fixed type aluminium furniture is done by welding the various parts of the furniture together. Advantages for fixed-type aluminum furniture are evenly stressed, steadily placed, and less installation procedures. While disadvantages for fixed-type aluminium furniture are big occupied space, bad storage, hard packing and transportation.
Folding-type Aluminum Furniture:
Folding-type aluminium furniture is divided into fold-moving type and fold-layer type. They are often used for aluminum furniture such as tables, chairs, etc. Folding-type aluminium furniture uses the theory of planar linkage mechanisms with connecting as the main forms. Rivet and folding is used to change the aluminium furniture format. So folding-type aluminium furniture has the features of small occupied space, good storage, and easy transportation.
Dismantled-type Aluminum Furniture:
Dismantled-type aluminum furniture is made up of metal components, auxiliary parts and connecting parts. All parts of the aluminium furniture are connected with bolts, screws and nuts. Dismantled-type aluminum furniture is the most common structural forms in the aluminum furniture industry nowadays. Because dismantle structure applies industrial theory to their designs, making the furniture parts standardized, generalized and serialized. Dismantled-type aluminum furniture simplifies the specifications of the spare parts, prolong the equipment’s service life, and lower the production cost. Dismantled-type aluminum furniture adapts to the modernized large-scale industrial production. So they are trend of the future aluminum furniture design and production.
The development situation of the aluminum furniture:
1. Franchise level for all aluminum furniture is still on the start-off stage
Now the concept of all aluminum furniture is just on the start-off stage. There is still a long way to go from mature production lines. Some major aluminum profile factories are still based on aluminum profiles for doors and windows, industrial aluminum profiles and curtain wall aluminum profiles, etc. But I believe that with the stricter production capacity policy in aluminum profile industry and the proposal of expanding aluminum application being put forward, all aluminum furniture will have better and greater development in the future.
2. Small product varieties for all aluminum furniture
At present aluminum furniture in the market is mainly office furniture, outdoor furniture and storage furniture such as wardrobe, cupboard, etc. Product varieties for all aluminum furniture are single and little, serialization level is not high.
3. Product homogeneity of all aluminum furniture
Aluminum furniture is different from wooden furniture. Wooden furniture has developed into specific high-end and low-end standards so far. Compared with low-end wooden furniture, high-end wooden furniture has several standards to tell the differences such as color, original wood material, processing technique, etc. But at present all aluminum furniture in the market is still on the research stage. Furniture style and structure is not mature. There is still much room for improvements for the innovation and design abilities of the all aluminum furniture finished products
Materials are basis of the furniture. The appearance of aluminum furniture has provided an entry port for the future modernized sustainable development economy as well as the future green home life of human beings. As a kind of environment-friendly metal, aluminum will definitely be widely applied to furniture products in the near future.
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