Our Teak Furniture
Teak wood is the premier choice for outdoor furniture. It is a stable timber with inherent water and rot repellency, due to its high content of oil and rubber compounds within the wood. Teak is a highly valued wood because of the even grain and beautiful color. It has been the natural material of preference in the shipbuilding and furniture making industries. Teak is a durable, strong wood, which has high resistance to insects and is virtually immune to decay.
The teak wood used by Design Warehouse is sustainably harvested teak from Indonesia. We use Javanese teak in our products obtained from the government agency Perum Perhutani, which controls the access to and harvesting of tectona grandis. Perum Perhutani also maintains the development and the industry surrounding teak wood. The initiatives and continued regulation of the teak farms allows this sustainability. The limitation of the felling of teak trees on an annual basis helps to promote further reforestation. Originally, Java teak plantations were planted by Dutch farmers (who held colonial control at the time in the area), which make these plantations among the oldest in the world.
Highest Quality Teak
Design Warehouse uses only the highest quality solid teak wood in our furniture. This teak is referred to as A-Grade, Triple-A-Grade or Super Grade teak. You can recognize this highest quality of teak, which is cut from the heartwood (the wood in the most center areas of the log). It has a characteristic golden, honey hued color and a tight grain structure that is very uniform. This A-Grade teak wood only makes up about 20% or so of the harvestable timber. You can also recognize A-Grade teak by the low instance of knotting and the very uniform condition and look of the wood, which has a very warm and light color. The standards for inclusion into this grade of teak wood are exceptionally high. This teak is high in natural oils, making it the optimum choice for furniture and is usually only harvestable from trees more than 30 years old.
Lesser manufacturers will often employ deceptive tactics to try to imitate this A-Grade look, while using inferior grades of teak. Grade B and Grade C teak are characterized by lower quality and density of wood, with coloration variances and a darker color palette. Often there will be knots, whitish wood tones, or patches of black grain and there will be fillers incorporated to try to hide imperfections. Be aware of these characteristics, especially in instances where you see teak for sale with stains or oils on it to even out the color of the piece.
The tectona grandis grows up to about 150 feet tall, and generally has a 3-8 foot diameter at the base of the tree. Its leaves are quite large at 2 feet long and 1.5 feet wide. The tree flowers with fragrant white flowers that are small in size and cluster together; they fruit with cherry-sized fruits that have oily seeds.
The high level of Design Warehouse craftsmanship
Our craftsmanship is at the highest level in every facet of the manufacturing process. Each individual piece is made to exacting standards and built for longevity. In most cases our furniture will be able to last a lifetime. We use kiln dried teak wood that allows for excellent dimensional stability, and ensures we are able to craft our furniture using precision cuts. All of our factories are now using computerized machines to achieve precise measurements and the most accurate cuts.
Our construction techniques include using the time-tested methods of legacy furniture, including mortise-and-tenon joinery stainless steel and solid brass hardware and fittings and the highest quality marine grade epoxies. We use extra-fine sandpapers to finish our teak furniture to a smooth, silky finish, to highlight the natural beauty of the wood. The quality control measures we implement ensure that all of our products are manufactured, assembled and showcased for the customer exceptionally. All of our teak outdoor furniture, teak patio furniture and other teak furniture items are made to last a lifetime.
See our five reasons why teak is the best wood for outdoor furniture.
Outdoor furniture is a big investment, and there’s one factor that will determine how long your investment will last: the material the furniture is made from.
Teak is the hardest, most durable and strongest of the hardwoods, making it the perfect material for outdoor furniture that lasts.
Used in shipbuilding since the middle ages, it continues to be used today in the construction of ships and high-end yachts and boats. When introduced to the U.S. in the 1950′s it quickly became a popular choice for outdoor furniture.
1. Weather Resistant
An outstanding feature of teak outdoor furniture is the ability to withstand all types of weather. It is one of the few woods in the world containing a natural oil which repels water, keeping it from warping, cracking or becoming brittle.
Outdoor furniture made from teak will withstand the harsh effects of hard rains, severe winter snow storms and broiling sun without its strength diminishing. The outdoor furniture found at most high-end ski lodges is made from teak due to this wonderful quality.
2. Pest Resistant
The same resins and oils that protect against weather, also serve as repellents against insects like termites and marine borers. By choosing outdoor furniture made from teak, you know you wont need to worry about pests.
3. Low Maintenance
Outdoor furniture made from teak wood needs no paint or varnish. With the wood’s high oil content teak will fade to a beautiful even colored patina and will not look patchy or black. If your desire is to show off it’s showroom luster, then apply a natural teak sealer from a marine store when needed.
4. Lasts a Lifetime
Teak makes for very strong and long-lasting outdoor furniture.
There are century-old teak park benches in England made from dismantled ships – a testament to the durability of this wood. Purchasing a piece of outdoor furniture made from teak may mean you will be able to one day give it to your grandkids!
5. Is Beautiful and Stays Beautiful
When new, Teak wood furniture has a honey brown color. Over time it will age naturally into an elegant patina grey. If you don’t want the original color to fade, see our information on retaining the original color. In it’s original state or weathered grey, the natural teak wood complements any outdoor space with class.
Further, teak furniture never rusts. Other woods will start to rust and deteriorate when in contact with metal. Teak is one of the few woods which does not. Since many pieces of outdoor furniture made from teak wood have metal fittings, this is another amazing quality of this outdoor furniture which keeps it looking good for years to come.