A closer look at the construction and craftsmanship of Cyan’s teak furniture.

What grade of teak do you use for your teak garden furniture?

Our teak furniture is manufactured from plantation grown, sustainably sourced grade A teak or premium grade teak, where the main difference is more colour variation. Each item description will clearly state whether it is in fact crafted with grade-A or premium teak. Premium teak is taken from the same part of the tree as grade-A teak but has more colour variation so we can’t call it grade-A. It’s just as strong and durable as grade-A, and after the teak weathers naturally the colour will even out anyway.

Why is your teak garden furniture kiln-dried?

Kiln drying teak furniture kills any fungi or insects in the wood and removes excess moisture, helping to avoid rotting, warping, shrinking, swelling and cracking. All our furniture is kiln-dried except for our banana benches because their top rail is too big to fit in the machines. In this case, our craftsmen season the teak to dry it which involves more work and takes more time, but the result is as good as kiln drying.

teak furniture is kiln-dried

Do you produce teak furniture with various finishes?

Our teak garden furniture is in its natural form and fine-sanded to a smooth finish for comfort and aesthetic appeal. We leave the teak untreated because some customers prefer the desirable silvery-grey patina as it weathers naturally. This way, our customers also have the choice to finish their furniture if and as they wish.

We also stock a range of Teak Care Products for cleaning, restoring and maintaining your teak furniture, from a Teak Protector that will preserve the honey-gold colour of natural teak, to a Sealer Shield which will bring about that natural, weathered look more evenly and quickly.

Furthermore, as manufacturers, we can create any finish the customer specifies, e.g. lacquered, antiqued, distressed, etc. – simply let us know your requirements and we’ll always do our best to accommodate. Please note that bespoke items will take 8-10 weeks for delivery.

furniture will silver if left untreated

What are mortise and tenon joints?

The mortise and tenon joint has been used by woodworkers around the world for thousands of years. Simple and strong, the mortise and tenon comprises the mortise hole and the tenon tongue. Where required, all our furniture is constructed in this time-honoured fashion of tight-fitting mortise and tenon joints with teak dowels and weatherproof glues, ensuring robust, wobble-free furniture equally at home in your garden or the high traffic areas of parks and luxury hotels.

mortise and tenon joint

Is your furniture handmade?

A selection of our furniture is handmade, such as our rose arbour seat and Chiswick benches. These items of furniture are extremely intricate and are therefore handmade by our expert craftspeople rather than machine-jointed.

The rest of our furniture is machine-cut and then machine-jointed for a superior, tight-fitting construction. Every single piece of furniture is then meticulously finished by hand and thoroughly checked for quality before delivery to you.

We maintain extremely high standards for quality and an exceptional level of attention to detail at every step of the way, from design to delivery, to bring you beautiful furniture that is robust, hardwearing and long-lasting.

some of our garden furniture is handcrafted


We hope you found this article helpful. If you’d like to know more about our teak garden furniture, please see our other FAQ pages or contact us by phone or email and we’ll do our best to help.

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