Tips for Building Modern Teak Furniture

Teak patio dining set
  • 10-100 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-5,000

If you’re looking for modern teak furniture, and you can’t find anything you like, you always have the option to make your own. Modern teak furniture is durable, strong and looks good indoors and outdoors. If you’re thinking about building your own teak furniture, here are a few tips to get you started.

1. Plan for Modern Teak Furniture

Before you begin to build your modern teak furniture, you need a plan. Consider the size of the furniture and where in your home you want to place it. Measure the rooms in your house if necessary. Use a piece of graph paper to scale your modern teak furniture idea to size. Sketch it a couple of times and with a little bit of difference every time to find the perfect piece of furniture you want to build.

2. Remember that Teak Furniture Lasts a Long Time

If you’re using upholstery, metal brackets and hinges or glass on your furniture, you need to remember how durable modern teak furniture is. With little maintenance, indoor modern teak furniture can last several years without needing any major work, while outdoor teak furniture can last a long time with yearly maintenance. You’ll want to use an equally durable fabric or metal for your furniture, unless you plan on reupholstering or replacing knobs sometime in the near future.

3. Measure Twice and Cut Once

Varnishing a teak rocking chair

Just like with any project, you need to make sure you have the correct measurements. You should double check the size of the room where you’re placing the furniture to make sure it will fit. If you’re putting the furniture outside you need to make sure it will fit on your patio or in your yard. When you go to your local home improvement store or lumber yard, feel free to ask any questions you might have about building furniture.

If you’re missing a tool needed for the job, try to find a friend or family member who has one before you purchase your own. This way, you’ll save money on the whole project. Also, if someone you know has the tool, they probably know how to use it and might be willing to help you.

4. Prepare to Maintain Your Modern Teak Furniture

If you’re putting your furniture outdoors, considering using a teak sealant that has a UV protector so your furniture won’t be ruined by sun damage. Purchase teak oil and teak cleaner specifically designed for the material. This will help you with maintenance and give your furniture longer life. If you don’t mind that your modern teak furniture weathers to a silver or gray color, you can skip the sealant. If you want your furniture to keep its honey brown color longer, use a sealant.

Building your own modern teak furniture may seem difficult at first, but with some careful planning and the resources at your local hardware and home improvement stores, it's no longer impossible. With a little time and effort you'll have nice furniture that will last you a long time.