Cold Rolled Steel: What it is Used For

Uses for Cold Rolled Steel

When it comes to appearance cold rolled steel has a cleaner surface finish than hot rolled. However, it is also much more basic and is often painted to enhance the overall look.

cold rolled steel filing cabinet

Metal Furniture

Cold rolled can be used for many applications. One of the most common is metal furniture, typically office use. You see that filing cabinet to your right? Unless you work in some fancy, hoity-toity office and have mahogany cabinets and desks, your filing cabinet is probably part (if not all) metal. Not only that, but it’s probably cold rolled. Looking at mine now, I think the metal is very functional. I have decorated my desk with pictures hung up by colorful magnets. You couldn’t do that with fine mahogany furnishings, now could you?

Exhaust Pipes

motorcycles, steel exhaust pipes

OK, you don’t work at a desk job. Maybe you spend your time cruising the open highways on your motorcycle. There is a possibility that the exhaust pipe is made from cold-rolled steel (it could also be aluminum or stainless). So, the next time you want to feel the wind in your hair on the open road and your exhaust sounds think to yourself, man that cold roll sounds good. I know I will.


metal lockers


It’s back to school time and that means your student (or yourself if you are a high school student) will be placing their books and backpack in a locker. Remembering the combination isn’t the only thing they will think about while opening said locker. Students will examine the door and the interior and realize it is made of cold rolled steel painted in their school colors.

Who am I kidding? The only thing I worried about in high school was if my jeans fit right and whether I was going to prom or not. But you learn something new every day and I bet you had no idea lockers were made of cold rolled steel.

Cold rolled is also use for many other applications. Many lighting fixtures have cold rolled frames. Refrigerators and other household appliances consist of cold rolled components. Metal containers and barrels are typically constructed of cold rolled sheet. It is also used for construction related products, architectural components, lawn mowers, shelving, etc.