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How to Identify Teak Wood Furniture?

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Teak wood furniture is heavy and robust

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Teak Wood Furniture has high demand globally;How To Identify Teak Wood ?

Teak Wood Furniture is well sought after by people all over the world.

Have you ever wondered what is so special about teak wood that it is in high demand globally? This hub tries to explore the qualities of teak wood and how to identify original teak wood furniture.

Teak tree is a tropical hardwood tree classified under the family Verbenaceae. The tree grows for up to 30 -40 m and lives for around hundred years.

The older the tree betters the quality of its wood.

The wood of teak tree is hard, very strong and can withstand the weather changes. For example, in the face of high winds, the teak tree bends but not breaks.

Its heartwood contains typical oil that protects the wood from the attack of fungi, bacteria and other insects.


Quality of Teak Wood

  • The teak wood is tough and durable
  • It has got solid and elastic fibres
  • It can be easily cut and made into attractive pieces of furniture with different designs.
  • It is resistant to all kinds of weather
  • It is resistant to decay and repels insects and fungi

How to Identify Original Teak Wood Furniture?

The colour of teak wood furniture is golden yellow with dark streaks when it is new. The colour of the furniture can become darker on prolonged exposure to air. That means older pieces of teak wood furniture may not have the bright golden yellow colour. They may look darker.

Teak Wood has Straight Grain

Straight grain of teak wood

Straight grain of teak wood

The trees grow at different rates during different seasons. This growth pattern of the trees is reflected in the growth rings which will appear as lighter and darker lines when the wood is cut. On a cut piece of wood, this is known as the grain. Teak has a very attractive straight grain.

Teak wood can also be made out distinctly by touching. If you rub your hands on the wood, it does not splinter. It is very smooth to touch. The furniture will not chip at the edges and snag clothes.

When original teak wood is left open and out in the sun, it changes its colour to grey or silver grey.

Teak is a very dense wood. So the furniture made out of teak is heavy and robust.

Teak wood furniture will have a very light and distinct fragrance.


The furniture made from a single piece of wood will have longevity than furniture made from small pieces glued together. Because of the oil content of the teak wood, gluing of small pieces may not last whereas the wood does not corrode the nails made of iron and steel.

Teak wood is widely used in making outdoor furniture, park benches and pool benches because of its ability to withstand weather conditions.

How To Clean Teak Furniture?

Teak wood furniture does not require much maintenance other than regular cleaning. Before using the commercially available cleaning products on your costly furniture, please think twice.

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Comments

Mas Miftah from indonesia on March 05, 2018:

Nice article

JR Krishna (author) from India on September 05, 2015:

Hi SANJAY LAKHANPAL

Thanks for dropping by

Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on September 05, 2015:

Thanks for sharing the wonderful information. But it needs experience and close scrutiny to determine the real teak from the fake one.

JR Krishna (author) from India on September 03, 2015:

Hi Melvin

Thanks for stopping by

Melvin Augustine from India on September 03, 2015:

Useful Information!

Venu on October 12, 2012:

Good information. Thanks

Vinay on May 02, 2012:

Very informative..I.m getting my sofa set made out of teak..so this info will help me identify whether its real teak or not..as a layman which is easier way to figure out that it's real teak...thank you

FurqAn khan on April 22, 2012:

TeakWood is the beast furniture wood

JR Krishna (author) from India on March 20, 2012:

thanks dusan

Dusan on March 20, 2012:

Very nice. It is beautiful.

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JR Krishna (author) from India on March 12, 2012:

Thanks Nihal.

Welcome to hubpages!

Nihal on March 12, 2012:

WOW! I LIKE SOO.....

JR Krishna (author) from India on February 22, 2012:

Hi Aloscin,

We had these trees in the backyard of my parental house and my mother made most of her furniture from teak wood.

To buy teakwood furniture is costly here as well

But the quality is exceptional!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 22, 2012:

I love teak wood's appearance and durability. But unfortunately, furniture made from that and any other solid wood is quite expensive here in the U.S. Voting this Up and Interesting.

JR Krishna (author) from India on January 28, 2012:

@ Michabelle.

I also don't know of this wood called purpleheart. Thanks for sharing the information.

michabelle on January 27, 2012:

Very nice information thumbi7. It reminded me of reading last week about the wood I had never heard of called purpleheart. Teak is very beautiful and durable wood. I think in this respect the two woods are comparable, but they're very different in color.

JR Krishna (author) from India on January 03, 2012:

Thanks Mahua for that lovely comment. Bhalo thako.

JR Krishna (author) from India on December 23, 2011:

Thank you Dasgupta. I appreciate your visit and comment

-:)Dhanyawad.

JR Krishna (author) from India on December 23, 2011:

Thank you cardelean. Merry Christmas and have a great day.

cardelean from Michigan on December 23, 2011:

Great information. Your pictures are also beautiful, thanks for sharing your knowledge.

JR Krishna (author) from India on December 23, 2011:

Thank you Mathira

mathira from chennai on December 22, 2011:

Nothing can have the elegance of teak wood and your hub made interesting reading.