Vintage Teak Furniture

When most people think of vintage furniture, it is teak that first comes to mind. In fact, vintage teak furniture is among the most commonly sought pieces from the mid-century modern period. Why is it so popular? Here are a few reasons.
  • Visual appeal. The deep golden-brown colour and straight grain of teak make it naturally beautiful. Teak furniture from the mid-century modern period also has a simple and sleek aesthetic that fits nicely with contemporary designs.
  • Durability. Teak is among the hardest of the hard woods used in furniture making. With proper care it will last for decades. Vintage teak is also properly seasoned, meaning it does not warp or shrink too much and will maintain its dimensions over time.
  • Water and stain resistance. Teak is naturally resistant to water and moisture. It is also resistant to many alkaline and acidic substances, so it does not stain easily. This does not mean teak requires less care or attention, just that it is harder to stain than some woods.
  • Weight. Teak is very dense and heavy, which contributes to its durability.
There have been concerns over the sustainability of teak. Demand in the late 20th century led to some destructive forestry practices but many teak growers are now using plantations instead of harvesting from precious old-growth forests. Of course, vintage teak furniture is always a sustainable choice!

Caring for Your Teak Furniture

To maintain the natural beauty of indoor teak furniture, follow a few simple guidelines:
  • Clean it regularly with a soft microfiber or damp cloth that will remove dust.
  • Keep it out of direct sunlight and away from heating vents or fireplaces to avoid fading and drying.
  • Use coasters to prevent stains.
  • If your indoor environment is particularly dry, consider adding some moisture. Simply setting out a glass of water will help add hydration to a room. This can be particularly important during our cold Toronto winters when our heating systems tend to run frequently.
  • Unwaxed teak will need to be oiled occasionally. We recommend Howard Feed N Wax, a natural wood conditioner.

Vintage teak furniture brings so much warmth and flair to a room. With proper care, your one-of-a-kind vintage piece will last for generations and become a much-valued family heirloom.


Sources: Teak Wood Furnitureā€”Advantages and Disadvantages Caring for Your Teak Furniture How To Take Care of Indoor Teak Furniture