The furnishings of your home do not only spell the final word about the aesthetic value of your residence, but it also vows a lot about your taste. The décor of your home depends to a great extent, on the furniture you place in; so it is essential to be selective while choosing the furniture that suits exactly with your likings and the overall theme of your home decor. When it comes to choosing the furniture, you are flooded with options. There are thousand and one varieties of them out there in the market and all of them claim to be the best one for your purpose thus making the job even more critical. However, if you like to add sophistication to your home decoration, nothing can suit you better than wood furniture. These oldest form of furniture are still the best bet to give your home that perfect look you have always wanted.
Varieties of wooden furniture
The first furniture (or something like a furniture) human race used was made up of wood, and till now, wood is the material that provides maximum varieties and options when it comes to furniture pieces; they come in every varied specifications and modern designs to suit your every purpose. You can have armoires, dining tables, beds, tea tables, couches and every other form of furniture made of wood, in various shape and size.
Types of wood
Wood is a natural product that has its unique appeal and merits. Woods are mainly of two types, hardwood and softwood. Softwoods are lighter in weight and can be chiselled with ease, whereas hardwoods are usually the tough and weighty ones. Birch, Mahogany, Maple, Oak, Walnut and Teak are the most commonly used hardwoods. Amongst all the hardwoods Teak bears a remarkable rank when it comes to the furniture due to some of its unique qualities.
What Made Teak Wood Special
Teak is a tropical hardwood and mainly grows in South and South-east Asia. Unique aesthetic charm and exceptional qualities make it a perfect choice for indoor as well as outdoor furniture. The most prominent ones amongst the many advantages of teak wood over the other types of wood available in the market include:
Resistance to environmental factors: Moisture is a silent destroyer of wood. It causes decaying and degradation of natural wood, making it weak and vulnerable. Teak, on the other hand, has the capacity to withstand the moisture caused decaying through its secrete natural oils that act as a moisture resistant and keeps the wood safe from any effects of water or humidity. Sunlight also does not have any negative effect on the strength of teak wood and teak does not shrink or fade even after prolonged exposure to sunlight. Sunlight accelerates the process of ageing of teak which changes its colour from golden brown to silver grey, which is often the most admired shade.
Pest resistance: Termites are the most harmful enemies of wood. They eat up the wood and destroy furniture totally. However, the natural oils of teak act as an insect repellent and protect it from any kind of insects and termites.
Durability: Teak offers maximum durability even when exposed to harsh weather conditions.
Ease of maintenance: Teak is naturally protected from pests, humidity and sunlight, thus needs minimum or no maintenance to give service for generations.
Teak furniture usually comes at a higher cost than the others; however, the great qualities and aesthetic value they provide justifies their higher price range. Teak furniture gives year after year service literally without any maintenance so at the end it also proves to be the most cost effective option.
Cheryl Lim works at Scanteak – a renowned brand that sells beautifully designed and lasting teak furniture in Singapore and around the world. At Scanteak, we pride ourselves on 39 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.