Beginner’s Guide to Teak Furniture: Styles & Care Tips


Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed with the decision of choosing the right furniture for your outdoor space? You’re looking for a perfect balance of elegance, durability, and minimal maintenance. Look no further! Teak outdoor furniture is the answer to all your concerns.

Teak, a tropical hardwood tree, has been esteemed for centuries for its remarkable features. Its natural oils and tightly woven grain make it one of the world’s most durable woods and a premium choice for furniture, especially in wet and rainy climates. So, whether you’re hosting an intimate gathering under the stars or seeking solitude with your morning coffee, teak is ideal for your patio, garden, or other outdoor spaces.

As the specialists in providing high-quality outdoor furniture here at Goldenteak, we’ve crafted this guide to introduce you to the superior characteristics and styles of teak furniture, and how to maintain its beauty.

At a Glance: Teak Furniture

  • Durability: Known for its excellent durability and resistance to weather, insects, and decay.
  • Low Maintenance: Thanks to its natural oils, teak requires minimal maintenance.
  • Aesthetics: Teak wood’s warm honey-brown color and smooth finish add elegance to any outdoor space.
  • Variety of Styles: Teak furniture comes in an array of styles from dining sets to loungers, adding comfort and style to your outdoor area.

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Get ready to discover how you can transform your outdoor space into a relaxing retreat with Teak outdoor furniture. We’ll guide you through it all, from understanding teak’s unique features to choosing the style that sings to you, and tips for easy care and maintenance. So, grab a cup of tea, sit back, and let’s explore teak outdoor furniture together!

Understanding the Unique Properties of Teak

Teak is cherished globally for its exceptional qualities, making it the ideal choice for all-weather outdoor furniture. It’s important to understand why teak stands out among other types of wood, so let’s examine its unique properties, including its durability, weather resistance, and the natural oils found within the wood.

The Durability of Teak

Teak is renowned for its strength and longevity. This is a direct result of its structure, featuring a tight grain pattern that enables the trees to withstand immense weight and tension. Teak trees, which can tower 150-160 feet tall, use this tight grain pattern to support their massive bodies in their native tropical climates.

When crafted into furniture, teak’s durability shines. With proper care, teak outdoor furniture can last between 50-70 years, and sometimes even longer. Some of Britain’s oldest teak park benches, for instance, are nearly a century old, testifying to teak’s impressive lifespan. This durability is one of the reasons why we at Goldenteak are absolutely confident about the longevity of our teak outdoor furniture pieces.

Weather Resistance of Teak

Another remarkable attribute of teak is its natural weather resistance. Teak trees thrive in tropical climates and to survive, they develop natural oils that resist water, rot, and pests. This makes teak highly resistant to the elements, an essential quality for outdoor furniture.

If left unfinished, teak will weather to a handsome silvery gray, a process that can take between three to twelve months depending on sunlight exposure. This weathering process doesn’t affect the strength or durability of the wood, meaning your furniture will remain strong while acquiring a distinguished patina over time.

The Natural Oils in Teak

One of the key factors that contribute to teak’s outstanding performance in outdoor conditions is the presence of natural oils and resins. Teak retains these oils even after being cut and processed, unlike most other woods.

These natural oils offer superior protection against sunlight, moisture, and rain, resulting in furniture that requires minimal maintenance. These oils also make teak virtually immune to rotting, fungi, and harsh chemicals, ensuring that your teak furniture remains beautiful and resilient, regardless of the weather conditions.

Understanding these unique properties is the first step in appreciating the value of investing in teak outdoor furniture. With its exceptional durability, weather resistance, and natural oil content, teak furniture is not just a purchase, but a long-term investment in comfort and style for your outdoor space.

The Importance of Grade-A Teak in Outdoor Furniture

The strength, beauty, and longevity of teak furniture heavily depend on the quality of teak wood used. This is where the concept of ‘grades’ comes into play. Just as diamonds have grades, teak wood does too, and the highest quality is known as Grade-A teak.

What is Grade-A Teak?

Grade-A teak is the highest quality teak available. It is derived from the heartwood of mature teak trees, which are at least 20 years old. This location in the tree is critical as the heartwood is where the densest and most durable wood is found.

Grade-A teak is characterized by its charming golden-brown color, close grain, and high oil content. The rich oil content is a key attribute that provides natural protection against insects, fungus, and the effects of weather, underpinning the longevity of furniture made from this material.

Why Grade-A Teak is Ideal for Outdoor Furniture

Teak furniture made from Grade-A teak offers a plethora of advantages, making it the preferred choice for making outdoor furniture.

Durability and Resistance: The high density and oil content of Grade-A teak make it exceptionally robust and weather-resistant. Whether it’s extreme sunlight, heavy rainfall, or biting cold, Grade-A teak can withstand it all, making it ideal for outdoor furniture.

Aesthetic Appeal: Grade-A teak has a unique golden-brown color and a tight grain, which gives the furniture a natural, elegant look. This aesthetic appeal combined with its durability makes it a favorite among homeowners and designers.

Low Maintenance: Outdoor furniture made from Grade-A teak requires minimal maintenance. The natural oils in the wood protect it from pests and prevent rotting, reducing the need for frequent cleaning or treatment.

Sustainability: At Goldenteak, our Grade-A teak is sourced sustainably from responsibly managed teak fields. For every tree harvested, we ensure to plant three new trees.

Investing in Grade-A teak outdoor furniture is indeed a smart choice, considering its durability, beauty, low maintenance, and sustainability. As you explore various teak furniture options, remember that the quality of teak used is critical to the furniture’s lifespan and performance. At Goldenteak, we never compromise on quality, offering only the finest Grade-A teak outdoor furniture to our customers.

Exploring Different Styles of Teak Outdoor Furniture

Teak outdoor furniture comes in various styles, shapes, and sizes, catering to diverse outdoor settings and preferences. Here at Goldenteak, we offer an array of stylish teak furniture options, allowing you to curate your outdoor space to your liking. Let’s explore some of our offerings.

Teak Outdoor Deep Seating Sofas, Loveseats, Club Chairs and Sectionals

Our teak outdoor deep seating furniture, including sofas, loveseats, club chairs, and sectionals, are perfect for creating a relaxing and comfortable outdoor living space. These furniture pieces are not only visually appealing, but they are also made with Grade A teak wood, which ensures strength and durability.

Teak Deep Seating from Goldenteak
Teak Outdoor Sofas from Goldenteak

Teak Chaise Lounges including Steamer Chairs

Teak chaise lounges and steamer chairs are perfect for lounging by the pool or enjoying the sun in your backyard. Our lounges are adjustable, providing maximum comfort. They are crafted with Grade A teak, which is resistant to weather conditions and pests, making them ideal for outdoor use.

Teak Chaise Lounges and Steamer Chairs @goldenteak
Teak Steamer Chairs from Goldenteak

Teak Benches of all Sizes and Designs

Whether you want to create a quiet nook in your garden or need seating for your patio, our teak benches come in various sizes and designs to suit your needs. From classic to contemporary designs, our benches are perfect for any outdoor space.

Goldenteak Hyde Park Teak Bench 6 ft at Dartmouth University
Goldenteak Hyde Park Bench 6ft

Teak Chairs including Dining Chairs, Reclining Chairs, Adirondack Chairs and Rocking Chairs

Our teak chairs range from dining chairs to reclining chairs, Adirondack chairs, and rocking chairs. Each piece is designed keeping in mind the comfort and style, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors in style.

Goldenteak Adirondacks in a serene seting
Goldenteak Adirondacks

Teak Outdoor Dining Sets and Dining Tables

Our teak outdoor dining sets and dining tables are perfect for hosting dinner parties or family gatherings. They are made with robust and resilient teak wood, ensuring they withstand the elements and last for generations to come.

Round Teak Outdoor Dining Table
Teak Outdoor Dining Set 60 inch Round Table and 8 Millbrook Side Chairs

Teak Bar Tables and Seating

Our teak bar tables and seating are perfect for creating an outdoor entertaining area. Crafted with durable teak wood, they offer a combination of style and functionality that’s hard to beat.

Teak Square Bar Table and 4 Bar Stools.
Teak Square Bar Table and 4 Bar Stools.

Teak Occasional tables, Coffee Tables and End tables

To complete your outdoor setting, consider our teak occasional tables, coffee tables, and end tables. They perfectly complement other teak furniture pieces and add a touch of elegance to your outdoor space.

Goldenteak Coffee Tables and accessories
Goldenteak Teak Outdoor Furniture including Coffee Table with shelf.

In conclusion, no matter what your outdoor space or style preference might be, we have a range of teak outdoor furniture to transform your open-air living space into a personal retreat. Teak furniture not only adds a touch of elegance to your outdoor setup but also ensures durability and longevity, making it a worthwhile investment.

Care Tips for Your Teak Outdoor Furniture

Once you’ve made the investment in teak outdoor furniture, it’s vital to care for it properly to maintain its beauty and longevity. Here at Goldenteak, we understand that your teak furniture is more than just a piece of outdoor decor; it’s part of your cherished memories. By following these simple care tips, you can ensure that your teak furniture remains in excellent condition for many years to come.

Regular Cleaning of Teak Furniture

Regular cleaning is a simple but essential step in maintaining your teak furniture’s appearance and durability. Start by putting on a pair of gloves to protect your skin. Then, create a soapy solution of dishwashing soap and water. Dip a brush into the solution and gently scrub the furniture, working from top to bottom. Rinse with a garden hose on a gentle setting, ensuring all suds and bleach are thoroughly washed off. Towel off excess water and let your furniture air-dry.

For very soiled teak furniture, a mixture of dishwashing soap, water, and a quarter cup of bleach can be used. Apply the mixture, let it soak for about 10 minutes, then scrub with a bristle brush before rinsing off with a garden hose.

If you notice any rough areas after drying, use 220 grit sandpaper to smooth them out, always sanding with the grain to avoid scratching the surface of the teak. For tougher stains, a specialty teak cleaner can be used to soften and lift the marks.

Preserving the Color of Teak Furniture

Teak outdoor furniture naturally changes color with age, from a warm honey tone to a silvery gray patina. This color change is purely cosmetic and doesn’t affect the furniture’s strength or durability. However, if you prefer to maintain the golden color of teak, treating the wood’s surface with teak oil or sealer will preserve the original hue.

We recommend using a teak sealer, which should be applied once a year after cleaning the furniture. The sealer prevents the color from fading and helps combat fungus, mold, and mildew growth. Alternatively, you can use teak oil which provides almost immediate results but requires more frequent reapplications.

Storing Teak Furniture in Heavy Snowfall Areas

While teak furniture can generally withstand outdoor conditions year-round, areas with heavy snowfall may require additional care. The weight of heavy snowfall can strain the woodgrain of teak furniture. In such regions, we recommend either covering or storing your teak furniture at the end of the season. Our specially designed furniture covers provide strong protection against rain, snow, sun exposure, and wind gusts up to 70 MPH, ensuring your teak furniture remains unscathed during the off-season.

By adhering to these care tips, you can maintain the beauty and durability of your teak outdoor furniture, ensuring it remains a part of your outdoor living space for many memorable moments to come.

The Sustainability Aspect of Teak Furniture

In outdoor furnishings, there’s more to consider than style and durability. A growing number of homeowners and businesses are recognizing the importance of sustainability. At Goldenteak, we’re proud to say that our teak furniture ticks all these boxes, offering a combination of timeless beauty, exceptional durability, and earth-friendly sourcing.

The Role of Perum Perhutani in Teak Harvesting

A key aspect of sustainability is responsible sourcing. We ensure our teak is Indonesian legal wood, certified by Perum Perhutani. This government-managed enterprise oversees the state forests, ensuring the sustainable management and conservation of Indonesia’s teak forests.

When you purchase from us, you can have peace of mind knowing that the teak used in your furniture is responsibly harvested. It’s a part of our commitment to not only provide high-quality products but also to do so in a way that respects and preserves our planet’s resources.

The Importance of Forest Stewardship Council Certification

In addition to Perum Perhutani certification, we also value the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. The FSC is a global, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests.

While FSC certification is not mentioned in the sources provided, it’s important to note that companies certified by the FSC adhere to stringent standards that ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible and socially beneficial manner.

We believe that teak furniture should not only be a pleasure to use but also contribute positively to the world. That’s why we’re committed to sustainability at every step of our process, from sourcing our teak responsibly to ensuring that our manufacturing and distribution processes are as eco-friendly as possible.

In the end, when you choose our teak outdoor furniture, you’re not just investing in a piece of furniture – you’re supporting a sustainable future. The choice is clear: for durability, beauty, and sustainability, teak is the gold standard.

Conclusion: Why Invest in Teak Outdoor Furniture

Investing in teak outdoor furniture is more than just making a purchase. It’s about creating an oasis in your own backyard, a place where you can relax, entertain, and create lasting memories. It’s about understanding the value of sustainability and making a choice that supports a healthier planet. But why exactly should you choose teak for your outdoor furniture needs?

Durability and Weather Resistance

One of the main reasons to choose teak outdoor furniture is its exceptional durability. Teak has been used for centuries in shipbuilding, a testament to its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions and the test of time. Its natural oils and dense grain pattern make it resistant to rot, bugs, and even the damaging effects of sunlight. This means your teak furniture will not only last for years, but also maintain its beauty and structural integrity even with minimal maintenance.

Aesthetic Appeal

Teak outdoor furniture has a timeless appeal that blends well with any outdoor space. It’s rustic yet sophisticated, a perfect choice for those who appreciate natural beauty. Whether you prefer the golden brown color of new teak or the unique silver-gray patina it develops over time, there’s no denying the aesthetic appeal of teak furniture.


As a company, we at Goldenteak are committed to sustainability. We only use Grade-A teak harvested from Perum Perhutani controlled plantations in Indonesia, ensuring that our furniture is not contributing to deforestation. We believe in doing our part to protect the environment, and when you choose our teak outdoor furniture, you’re making an eco-friendly choice too.

Variety and Versatility

Whether you’re looking for a teak deep seating sofa, a chaise lounge, or a patio dining set, we offer a wide range of teak outdoor furniture to suit your needs and style preferences. Our teak furniture is versatile and can easily fit into any outdoor space, be it a large garden, a cozy patio, or a commercial outdoor area.

Long-term Investment

Teak outdoor furniture may seem like a big investment upfront, but considering its longevity, it’s a worthy investment. Teak furniture can last for decades, meaning you won’t have to replace it as often as other outdoor furniture. And because of its durable nature, teak furniture often retains its value, so should you decide to sell it, you can expect to recoup a good portion of your initial investment.

In conclusion, investing in teak outdoor furniture from Goldenteak is a decision that you won’t regret. It’s a choice that combines style, durability, and sustainability, providing you with a beautiful outdoor space that you can enjoy for many years to come.

For more information on our collection of teak outdoor furniture, browse our online store or contact us for personal assistance.

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We look forward to helping you create the perfect outdoor space with our superior quality teak furniture.


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