Changing Trends in Teak Furniture
Teak has been the material of choice for garden furniture for many years, but it's becoming increasingly more widespread when it comes to use as indoor furniture. These days, you might expect to see a teak bookshelf, sofa-frame or even a teak TV console in the modern home just as likely as you would see teak garden chair and table outdoors at a family barbecue.
The reason it's predominantly been used outdoors up until now is because of the unique properties of the wood. Teak is very weather resistant, as well as very sturdy and light, which makes it an ideal hardwood for outdoor furniture. Teak is considered by many to be the gold-standard of water resistant hardwoods. Many boats the world over still have teak elements.
It's also the case that because teak has been used almost exclusively as outdoor or patio furniture up until recently, it's gained a reputation for being only an outdoor wood. But this is doing a massive disservice to such a beautiful and versatile hardwood.
Regardless of whatever finish may be applied to teak, the natural finish of the wood itself fits well with any contemporary interior design. Its golden, medium-brown natural finish perfectly complements a neutral-themed room. As such, it is no longer a surprise for anyone to see a teak TV console inside a friend’s living room. The grain of the wood itself is also quite beautiful. The overall look of teak tends to give a room a much more modern-era “Scandinavian” feel to the room's interior décor than other hardwoods such a mahogany which can look antique in comparison.
As well as the look of teak, the properties which make teak an ideal outdoor wood, also make it fantastic for use as indoor furniture. The strength and water-resistance of teak, means that it makes an ideal family dining table. You can be confident of letting young children have a drink with their meal in the knowledge that any spillages and other accidents aren't going to be a huge problem. The same goes for chairs. If you have a family member who may be a little on the portly side (to try and put it politely) it's a much more ideal wood to use than almost all others. Teak is not a complete miracle wood, it can still be damaged by careless use, but it's one of the most hard-wearing woods commonly available. If you purchase a piece of furniture made of teak, you can typically expect it to last far longer than most other materials.
Many of the designs of teak furniture typically look modern-era and minimalist in nature. These simpler, no-frills designs match the gorgeous natural tones of the wood perfectly. Though being such an ideal wood to work with, there's no reason why teak can't be used in more ornate and complex designs, indeed many people choose to do so when creating a piece of teak furniture. One thing which is becoming increasingly more common is to see teak combined with other materials such as stainless steel. A steel-framed chair using teak slats gives a chair a very industrial look, for example.
In conclusion, if you're looking for a piece of furniture which is very hard-wearing, affordable and fashionable, you won't go wrong with teak.
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.