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10 Tips to Find the Best Teak Coffee Table for You

Teak FurnitureAs simple as it may be, a coffee table is a very useful item and is usually also the center piece of your sitting area. Right from holding your books to your actual cup of coffee, a coffee table is definitely an indispensable part of your home. And as if choosing the right kind of coffee table wasn’t challenging enough, choosing one made of teak wood adds a whole new dimension to the mix. Right from getting an authentic piece to over-paying for your purchase, buying a teak wood coffee table can be quite the ordeal. Here are ten useful tips that will help you pick out the best one for your home or office.

1. Know its utility

They say knowing is half the battle. Whether you want to keep your remote controls on it or your feet, or just want it to be nothing more than a decorative item, you’re going to have to choose a table accordingly!

2. Where will you place it?

Are you going to put the table in a spacious living room, or is it meant for a cramped office space? This is crucial; as teak wood furniture in general can be quite bulky and if you buy something with an intricate design, chances are that is it going to be one big coffee table. So, choose wisely.

3. What do you need it for?

Do you plan on working on it or piling stuff up on it? You’ll need a durable, all teak wooden table would be necessary. However, if you are going for aesthetics, you can go for a teak coffee table surrounded by softer materials like fabrics.

4. Will you be moving it around?

If you are the kind of person who loves to move their furniture around every now and then, consider a table with a lighter frame as teak wood is pretty heavy.

5. Get the dimensions right

If you are getting a coffee table, you obviously don’t want the table to be taller than the rest of your furniture, so take appropriate measurements.

6. A table with storage space

A coffee table with a shelf underneath or trendy storage cubes can give you additional space to keep knick-knacks. 

7. Pick a child safe table

Teak wood is known to stand the test of time. However, if you have kids in the house, you might want to consider designs with rounded edges.

8. A practical design works best

Do you have a lot of friends coming over, or do you throw a lot of parties at home. Remember, nothing ruins good furniture like a bunch of drunken people. So, again, it’s best to go for function over form. 

9. Let it reflect your style

If you’re looking for something classy and if you have the space and the budget, the kind of coffee table you choose will only depend on what your personal preference is.

10. Choose the colour with care

Yes, teak wood comes in a couple of colour options! If you’re looking for a stately look, deeper richer colours (varnished teak wood) would be suitable. But, if you want something sleek and modern, lighter colours (unvarnished teak wood) would appeal more.

You don't buy a coffee table every day; so consider all your options before bringing one home. Keep these tips in mind and buy the one best meets your requirements.

Author’s Bio

Cheryl Lim writes for Scanteak – a renowned brand that sells beautifully designed and lasting teak furniture in Singapore and around the world. At Scanteak, we pride ourselves on over 40 years of crafting Teak, a prized tropical hardwood, into furniture of timeless, classic designs. Our Scandinavian ideology maintains that furniture should complement our lifestyles, so that we’ll always have time for the things that truly matter – friends, family, and feeling at home.



May 2015  •