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Everything about TEAK

' DecoMeubel has a heart for Teakhout! '

DecoMeubel has a heart for the environment and for wood in particular. Do you also like honest wood? Then choose furniture from DecoMeubel, made of perhutani-certified teak. We already have the FLEGT certification, which is mandatory throughout Europe from 1-1-2016 for all wood products. Click here for more information.


Teak wood is a precious type of wood that can be used for almost any application. It is durable and very strong. We ensure that it is dried properly, so that it no longer works and you will enjoy your furniture for a long time.

The teak tree is a slow-growing tree that can reach a height of 30 to 40 meters under normal natural conditions. The diameter can be 90 to 150 centimetres. The largest teak tree ever has probably reached a height of 45 meters and a diameter of 300 centimeters. On plantations, the trees become considerably less high and are already harvested at a diameter of 45 to 50 centimeters. Teak is used in many products such as ship decks, window frames, panelling, but especially in furniture. In places in the chemical industry, for example, where stainless steel rusts or granite dissolves in acid, Teak is used. Many tests have been done with all kinds of high-tech materials, but only Teak (from the original growing areas) is really sustainable!

The Latin name for Teak is Tectona grandis. The teak tree (Tectona grandis) is a tree that can grow more than 40 meters high. It is a deciduous tree, which is less common in the tropics than in temperate regions. After all, there are no winters in the tropics. The leaves are of a considerable size.

This tree is known for its teak wood and is therefore often planted. There is a lot of knowledge about teak trees in the Netherlands because of the experience with teak plantations in the former Dutch East Indies. Today there are plantations on all continents. Teak wood can be found in many shades of brown, sometimes with a golden cast. It has been known for centuries and is praised for its resistance to all weather conditions. It is highly sought after in shipbuilding (especially expensive yachts), furniture sector, parquet flooring and carving and sculpture, joinery, panelwork panelling, turnery, veneering, etc.

Blank teak / weathered Teak / oiled Teak
Teak is rich in natural oils: these contribute to the durability of the material. Not unimportantly, teak does not rust or corrode when it comes into contact with metal. No type of wood combines so many good properties. Tectona grandis is the only supplier of real teak wood. Fantasy names such as afro-teak, yang-teak, Borneo-teak, iroko-teak refer to wood types other than real teak. They can replace real teak in certain applications and sometimes have some external resemblance to it. The heartwood is light brown to golden brown and darkens when exposed to light. Sometimes dark brown to black veined. After being exposed to light, the large color differences usually disappear. Teak sapwood is dirty grey, approximately 30 mm wide.

Wood from Myanmar/Burma (from natural forests) and Java (from plantations) is usually uniform in colour. Teak from drier regions (India) has much stronger color differences from yellow to black. Due to the large differences in growing conditions, teak of the same origin must be used for evenly colored batches. Depending on the type of soil it is grown on, teak can contain 0.03-1.40% silica. The durability of fast-growing plantation wood is more variable than that of teak from natural forests.

DecoMeubel only sells responsible Teak from plantations and recycled Teak certified by Staatsbosbeheer!

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