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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the delivery times for furniture?

The delivery time of our furniture depends on a number of factors. We recommend that you always contact us first for the correct delivery time, to avoid disappointment afterwards. Below you will find some indicative delivery times for your information.

- for TEAK furniture: Items that are in stock are usually delivered within 1-2 weeks. Items that are not in stock or items that have to be made to measure have a maximum delivery time of 13 weeks, up to a length of 240 cm. Products longer than 240cm, but shorter than 300cm have a maximum delivery time of 17 weeks. For products longer than 300 cm, the delivery time will be discussed with you in advance.
- for LAMULUX furniture: Delivery times vary from 2-10 weeks, with the exception of recently launched series. We can provide you with delivery times by telephone or e-mail.
- for chairs and sofas from the TARGET series: Given the enormously extensive possibilities that the target series offers you (think of more than 80 different fabrics/artificial leather/leather types, legs or wheels, color of the stitching, whether or not a handle is used, etc. etc.) . these products are manufactured on your instructions. The delivery time is 12-16 weeks.
- products to treat (teak) wood: Barring very high exceptions, these are always available from stock.
- rattan products: The delivery time of most rattan products varies from 1 day to a maximum of 2 weeks. If the delivery time is unexpectedly longer, we will always contact you to determine in consultation with you whether or not the longer delivery time is a problem for you. In that case you always have the right to cancel an order completely free of charge. Amounts paid will be refunded within 24 hours in case of cancellation by us (depending on your bank, it may take 1-3 working days before you find the amount on your account statement).

Of course you can call or email us 7 days a week to request information about the current delivery time of a specific product.

Where does the teak used by DecoMeubelcome from?

We supply our furniture (custom or not) in both plantation teak and recycled teak. So the choice is yours... The teak plantation we use comes from East Java in Indonesia, from plantations that are managed by the state forest management (see also http://perumperhutani.com/en/ ). The recycled teak comes from old buildings, boats, bridges, railway sleepers, etc. Due to age, recycled teak is often a bit darker in color than plantation teak.

It is sometimes claimed that old teak (recycled teak) is better than young teak (plantation teak). Is that right?

That is not necessarily true. The advantage of recycled teak is that it has already dried well over time. Plantation wood must be dried in an oven. Provided that this is done properly and that there is good control of the so-called M/C (Moisture Content), plantation teak does not have to be any worse than recycled teak. The choice for recycled or plantation teak is therefore more a matter of taste. Recycled teak looks more "aged", wood repairs from the past and present are visible here and there, and in general is often a bit rougher in style. Plantation teak in principle has a smooth surface, but can be brushed if necessary, so that the wood structure is not only visible but also tangible.


Do I have to treat teak furniture and if so, with what?

Teak furniture requires very little maintenance. No treatment is necessary. However, if, for example, you want to protect a dining table against stains, you can treat it with woodcare or beeswax. Depending on the use, you repeat this treatment after 1.2 years. First sand it lightly, then a new layer of woodcare or beeswax, and your table can take it for a long time again. Do you have stains in an untreated table? No problem! The stain disappears like snow in the sun with sandpaper. Use coarse sandpaper first, then fine sandpaper. The place where you sand will become lighter in color, which will improve over time. If you don't want to wait for that, you have to sand the entire surface. Then treat with woodcare or furniture oil if necessary to prevent future stains. Woodcare colors the wood a fraction darker (the difference with white teak is almost invisible), furniture oil, on the other hand, colors the wood visibly darker.


What color is teak?

Plantation teak in particular should be golden-yellow in color. Be VERY careful: There is a lot of teak in circulation that has a red-ish color. This is the result of a chemical treatment that aims to eliminate the color difference between the heartwood (the hard, inner part of a tree) and the surface wood (the soft, outer part of a tree, also called sapwood). In order to reduce costs, you actually see a piece of furniture in which sapwood has been processed, which is almost white in color by nature, but has been discolored by the chemicals to such an extent that you can hardly see the difference with the heartwood anymore. Apart from the fact that sapwood is considerably poorer in quality, and in our opinion absolutely does not belong in a high-quality product, the chemical treatment gives the wood an unnatural color and can seriously discolour the furniture over time. Where there is a lot of skin contact with the chemically treated wood, such as with a table or chair for example, a skin rash is certainly not inconceivable!! This wood is (too) often used when the vision is more focused on high profit than on high quality. At DecoMeubel we make no concessions with regard to quality and this type of chemical treatment is out of the question.

What color treatments are possible with teak?

If you want to change the color of your white teak furniture at the time of purchase or after some time, there are almost limitless possibilities. The best known of these is pickling. However, we also supply a very high-quality coating in no fewer than 40 different colors that you can apply to teak in no time. These coatings leave the visibility of the wood structure completely unaffected, but give your piece of furniture a completely different "look". Most famous is the white wash color, but how about black wash, gray wash, red wash, olive wash, etc. etc. etc. Even a combination of the original color of teak and a coating is possible !! We only use environmentally friendly coatings that are completely free of solvents, etc. Visit our store for more information and explanations. We are happy to help you determine the right choice for your interior.


Is OAK more expensive than TEAK?

We get this question with some regularity. Teak wood is significantly more expensive than oak wood . There are a number of reasons for this:

  • a teak tree grows more slowly than an oak tree; more trees and therefore larger plantations are therefore needed to achieve the same wood yield as with oaks.
  • Because teak can be used much more widely and has more areas of application, the demand for this type of wood is greater. Especially for outdoor use, teak is considerably more suitable than oak. For example, teak is usually used for decks and hulls of ships

However, Teak furniture is often not much more expensive, or, as with DecoMeubel, even cheaper than oak furniture. The explanation lies in the fact that oak comes mainly from Europe and the USA. The price for oak is slightly lower than for teak, but due to the high labor costs in these countries, the manufacture of a piece of furniture in these countries carries greater weight. Teak comes (mainly) from Indonesia and is more expensive than oak, but the wage costs in Asia are significantly lower. With a teak furniture you pay more for the material and less for the production process, with oak it is the other way around.

 

What is Lamulux? 

Lamulux products are made from furniture panels that are finished in the same way as a laminate floor. Various beautiful and price-conscious living programs are created from this material, which is visually almost indistinguishable from solid wood, so that Lamulux feels like wood, but is made of maintenance-free Lamulux.

Where the consumer is increasingly opting for "experience" over the use of materials, Lamulux is a great alternative to solid wood, also because Lamulux is available in multiple colors and finishes.

Benefits of Lamulux:

  • unique decor,
  • Higher scratch, color, wear and impact resistance,
  • Stronger impact resistance,
  • Easy to maintain,
  • Feels like solid wood, but has no wood effect,
  • Soft close on doors,
  • Edges and corners are child-friendly finished,
  • Eco-friendly and user-friendly finish
Disadvantages of Lamulux:
  • No customization possible
  • Not suitable for outdoor use

 



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