Teak Stools

Wooden stools can be made from a variety of woods including teak. The tropical hardwood species which is native to the Far East is highly desirable for garden furniture although it has recently become a popular material for indoor furniture as well. Teak immediately catches the eye with its warm, golden brown colour and dense grain which leaves an immediate impression and creates a sense of luxury. But in addition for its beauty, the tropical hardwood is also desirable for its outstanding physical properties.

Like other types of hardwoods, teak is exceptionally dense and strong as well as exceptionally durable. But in contrary to the majority of other hardwoods, it contains high levels of natural protective oils which make it resistant to moisture, temperature changes, the damaging UV light and even termites. Teak furniture can be left outdoors all year round without any protection whatsoever and it will not rot, get mouldy, warp, crack or decay. It never has to be painted, stained or oiled and easily lasts a lifetime even if it is exposed to the most impossible conditions. The outstanding physical properties make teak also an ideal material for bathrooms.

The only downside of teak stools is their relatively high price in comparison to other wooden stools. Unfortunately, teak is very rare and grows extremely slowly. And since the demand exceeds the supply, the prices of the timber are set quite high. However, a quality teak stool is a good investment because it gives you the ability to use it both indoors and outdoors, while its outstanding durability actually makes it very cost efficient in the long term. Once you buy a teak stool, you have it for the rest of your life.

You may come across inexpensive teak stools which appear very similar to the pricey ones. However, you are recommended to resist the temptation to buy cheap teak stools for two reasons. Firstly, they are typically made from inferior quality timber and secondly, they are often made from illegally harvested teak.

Teak comes in different quality grades known as A, B and C but only grade A offers the above mentioned benefits of owning a teak stool. Grades B and C, on the other hand, are inferior to the highest quality teak when it comes to both beauty and durability. This is due to the fact that they are taken from the outer sections of the log which is less dense, less strong and contains little or no protective oils that make the timber naturally resistant to most extreme conditions. Grade C teak for instance used to be discarded due to its inferior quality. But due to the reputation of teak's outstanding physical properties and the fact that many people are unaware of the existence of different teak quality grades, the market is overflown with cheap teak products which are made from inferior quality timber.