Teak Furniture Shopping TipsAbove, you can see a teak lazy Susan from Atlanta Teak Furniture on top of a competitor’s coffee table. We will use this picture to illustrate a few points.ColorWhat makes teak the best wood for outdoor furniture is its unique combination of density and very high natural oil content. Therefore, the higher the oil content, the darker the wood. As you can see, Atlanta Teak Furniture’s product is far darker than the competitionGrain PatternGrade A, mature (40 years plus) teak wood will have a very tight grain pattern. As you can see, our teak has a very tight grain pattern. The competition does not.
More ExamplesKnots, rips and other flawsPremium teak comes from the heart of the tree. Furniture made from premium teak will not have any knots or flaws. The knots are on the outer, younger part of the tree known as the sapwood. So, knots and other imperfections are an indication of younger, inferior trees.Here are a few examples of imperfections in the competition’s product:
JoineryAt Atlanta Teak Furniture, all the main joints in our furniture are mortise and tenon joints. This is one of the strongest types of joints. In the picture below, you can see that the legs of our coffee table are attached directly to the table with this type of joint. The pieces fit together perfectly, and the wooden dowels hold everything together. By contrast, our competitor creates a square base (3). The corners are held together with a bolt coming in from the side(1,2). (This type of construction reminds us of the famous Swedish furniture store, not known for their ease of assembly). Once the base is assembled, screws come up through the base into the bottom of the table (4). These screws are all that holds the table top onto the base. Lastly, the table top only rests on two sides of the base. (5) Also, both tables us a tongue and groove style joint where the slats join the border. As you can see below, Atlanta Teak Furniture’s joint is very tight. Whereas, the competition has a wide space creating more opportunity for the joint to fail.
Our round coffee table is, well, round. The table and apron are round. But, our competitor’s round table sits on a square base.
SummaryHere is a summary of our teak furniture shopping tips:
- the darker the teak the better
- Grade A teak should have a tight grain pattern
- Premium teak should have no knots or other imperfections.
- Main joints should be mortise and tenon. All joints should be tight.
- Premium teak should never come pre-stained, pre-weathered, pre-finished, pre-sealed or with any other finish or coating. It should be natural.