How to Spot (and avoid) Low Quality Teak Furniture

Posted by admin on Jun 16, 2016 under Buying Furniture

Everyone knows if you’re looking to buy a new set of furniture to deck out your garden with, then teak is the way to go. But with the popularity of teak growing, and hence lots of teak retailers popping up all over the place, you have to be careful where you buy from.

To ensure that you’re getting the highest quality teak furniture, we’ve compiled a list of things you can check/look for in your set.

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Construction:

If you want your furniture set to last (which of course you will do) then its construction is the most important factor. Poorly constructed furniture will just collapse/break and won’t do well in adverse weather conditions.

A lot of retailers use bolts to put their furniture together, however if you see this, then stay well away! The problem with bolts is that they tend to loosen over time which not only compromises the teak but creates that annoying wobbling effect.

You’ll have to replace the bolts which will cost you an unnecessary amount of time and effort.

Instead, go to teak manufacturers who use Tenon joints to make their furniture; these will be more expensive however add extra strength and a better aesthetic finish. Plus, you won’t have to worry about lots of upkeep in the future.

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The Finish

The finish on your furniture set will give you a good idea as to its quality. The higher quality the teak, the smoother and shinier it will be; you should be able to run your hand over the wood and not feel a single grain.

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The Retailers themselves

The sellers of teak furniture should be passionate about it, and therefore happy to talk and answer any questions you may have showing high levels of knowledge and conviction.

If the seller seems unsure, unwilling to answer questions or evidently doesn’t know what they’re talking about, then don’t be afraid to make your excuses and walk away – there are plenty of other teak retailers that will be able to knowledgeably direct you to the best set for your garden.

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Maintenance

Following on from our last point, seller of high quality teak should be concerned with its maintenance, and should inform you of the best way to keep it looking its best over time.

The reason why you should ask this question is because it is, essentially, a trick.

A truly passionate teak owner will know that teak requires no maintenance over time due to its high oil content and dense nature; the reason teak is so expensive is due to the fact it can be left outside in adverse weather conditions without the threat of cracking, splitting or losing its aesthetic finish.

If your seller knows this, then you know you’re more than likely being shown some of the highest quality teak in the business.

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Use our guide and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying your new furniture set all summer long… good luck in your search!

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