Corrugated Metal in Kitchens (Design Gallery)

Often found sitting on top of a roof, corrugated galvanized steel is not the most obvious material to incorporate into your kitchen. Due to its composition, it can be noisy to move and soft enough to dent, not to mention its very raw metallic quality. While corrugated metal in kitchens certainly doesn’t scream ‘instant’ glamour, there’s more to this metal than meets our judging eye.

Kitchen with corrugated metal island, white cabinets and pendant lights

Metallic finishes in the kitchen can certainly look fantastic; a throwback to our recent article on copper kitchen countertops, or think about the rose gold trends that recently took the world by storm. However, corrugated galvanized steel seems to take our love of metallics to the next level.

Corrugated galvanized steel has a lot going for it. It’s lightweight, recyclable and durable. Due to the corrugated composition of the material, it’s also strong and resistant to rust. These are impressive qualities regarding their role in your interior. Putting aside its practical benefits, it’s also bang on trend with today’s transitional theme.

This interior design style is about creating a cohesive scheme that combines the classic and contemporary. Picture a rustic country kitchen sporting its characteristic warm wood tones, enveloping a striking island that boasts corrugated galvanized steel across its base. It’s a huge statement, and given the unique character of this material, both in terms of metal type and texture, it is something that other materials simply fail to achieve.

Corrugated Metal Kitchen Designs

Corrugated metal typically refers to sheets of metal that have been cold-rolled to produce a corrugated pattern on the surface. This enhances the strength and durability of the metal sheets. The two principal materials used for corrugated metal in kitchens are:

  • Steel: Known for its strength, it is frequently galvanized with a layer of zinc to prevent rust.
  • Aluminum: Lighter than steel and naturally resistant to corrosion, making it an ideal option for kitchen use.

Both types of materials are praised for their longevity and low maintenance requirements, making them practical choices for busy kitchen environments.

Corrugated metal can become the focal point of kitchens when used as a prominent feature, such as cladding on islands, or as a significant piece of wall trim. These panels offer an industrial look with clean lines that can be softened or accentuated through surrounding textures. The choice of finish and incorporation with other materials should be inspired by the desired result, whether looking for a sleek and stylish ambiance or a more rugged, homely ambiance.

Corrugated Panel Kitchen Island

Industrial loft kitchen with corrugated galvanized steel island and wall distressed wood cabinets

Incorporating corrugated galvanized steel onto the base of your kitchen island is a popular and effective way of bringing this metal into your scheme. Your island is already center stage, yet likely lacks real depth, texture, and life – qualities inherent to corrugated galvanized steel. If you’re looking for a statement piece in your layout, you’ve found it.

However, you also need to bear in mind the practicalities of this choice. If you plan on arranging stools around the island for people to sit and chat, there’s a high chance that your guests could kick the metal or dent it as they get on/off the stools. Don’t forget the resultant noise this would cause.

Rustic kitchen with corrugated island with concrete counter and wood plank ceiling

If you have alternative seating arrangements for the island, meaning the island won’t need to be a place to congregate, then corrugated galvanized steel could work as a feature piece. You could alternatively bring in any bar stools along the sides where the island base is hidden and then choose a different material for these panels.

Wood cabinet kitchen with distressed corrugated metal island

For more kitchen island ideas visit this gallery page.

Corrugated Galvanized Steel Kitchen Peninsula

This style could also be used for a kitchen peninsula. It can be used effectively to bring a rustic element into a contemporary, traditional or modern style, as well as help create a farmhouse design.

Kitchen with corrugated galvanized steel peninsula

Small farmhouse kitchen with corrugated galvanized steel peninsula gray painted cabinets

Corrugated metal in kitchens with wood elements can be used to tie the rooms finishes together for a cohesive look.

Corrugated Galvanized Steel Ceiling

How about including the metal as part of your ceiling? This option allows you to keep a more traditional interior design within your cooking and living area, yet provides a unique, endearing contrast as soon as your guests look up! There are a few different ideas you could experiment with. Your island doesn’t need to be the only place you incorporate this metal.

Think about scale and how the material would sit within the rest of your room. Perhaps a couple of metal wash tubs with a panel of corrugated galvanized steel (a DIY project?) could be all that’s required to add a unique twist to your interior design.

Kitchen with corrugated steel tray ceiling white cabinets brown island

This  design with corrugated tray ceiling design creates an interesting design element that gives uniqueness to the space.

Kitchen with corrugated galvanized steel ceiling

Kitchen with corrugated steel ceiling g shaped design

Corrugated Kitchen Backsplash

Another use for corrugated metal in kitchens is using them as the backsplash. This type of backsplash can add a lot of character to a design and are inexpensive to buy and relatively easy as a DIY project to install.

Kitchen with corrugated galvanized steel wall backsplash white cabinets and granite countertops

A modern and industrial aesthetic design combines the sleekness of granite and white cabinetry with the rugged, metallic texture of galvanized steel panels.

Kitchen with corrugated metal backsplash and island with wood cabinets

Rustic wood cabinet kitchen with corrugated galvanized steel backsplash

Small kitchen with corrugated metal backsplash veneer cabinets

Small farmhouse kitchen with corrugated metal backsplash two tone cabinets

Installation of Metal Panels

Installing corrugated metal is a task that can be a DIY project due to its easy-to-follow process. The key tools needed for a successful installation include:

  • Measuring Tape: For precise measurements.
  • Angle Grinder or Tin Snips: To cut the metal panels to the required size.
  • Metal File: To smooth out any sharp edges after cutting.
  • Center Punch: To mark hole locations accurately.
  • Drill: To create holes for fasteners.
  • Screws and Fasteners: To secure the panels in place.

The gauge of the metal, which indicates thickness, is an important factor to consider, as it can affect the ease of cutting and the overall durability. The smaller the guage the thicker the material is. Corrugated galvanized steel, commonly used in roofing and metal siding, is notable for its use in the interior for its strength and durability.

Kitchen backsplash designs with galvanized steel are durable and can match a variety of different styles.

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