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teak wood furniture stores

Postby kanderson » Mon, 23 Nov 2009 11:34 am

Hi,

I'm looking for teak furniture stores in Singapore or even in the Johor area. I would like to buy a few things but also not looking to spend a fortune so would like to shop around.

appreciate the help!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 23 Nov 2009 12:19 pm

ScanTeak springs to mind.

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Postby kanderson » Mon, 23 Nov 2009 12:22 pm

thanks! do you have an address/phone number? website would be great but I have found that most stores here don't have a very good web presence.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 23 Nov 2009 12:40 pm

kanderson wrote:thanks! do you have an address/phone number? website would be great but I have found that most stores here don't have a very good web presence.


Did you even try? :roll:

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 23 Nov 2009 2:01 pm

kanderson wrote:thanks! do you have an address/phone number? website would be great but I have found that most stores here don't have a very good web presence.

We have majority of our furniture in teak and all the places (around 20 I believe) we visited were found via googles. It is really not that difficult. You may not have their catalogues published on-line but soon you start searching you realize that majority of them are in a few locations only like Dempsey area, Furniture Mall, Sungei Kadut Loop/Ave (less popular, at least 5 shops with teak stuff), a small furniture mall on Upper Bukitt Timah, opposite to BT Natural Reserve and next to the petrol station, some isolated shops within Ubi Industrial Park, one pretty expensive on River Valley Rd... again, use Google. There is no universal place that will satisfy your teak needs esp. if you are price-cautious.

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Postby cgnoble » Mon, 23 Nov 2009 7:45 pm

We like Country Haven in the Rail Mall in Upper Bukit Timah. It has some nice things and is very good value.

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Postby road.not.taken » Mon, 23 Nov 2009 8:03 pm

Vintage Teak, Dempsey Road

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Postby QRM » Mon, 23 Nov 2009 10:03 pm

A lot of the "teak" furniture here are crap quality, shame for such a nice piece of wood. The sale people disguise the poor workmanship by saying the piece has an "ethnic quality"

Scan teak is one of the few places that seem to have a better understanding of quality.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 23 Nov 2009 10:06 pm

Which is why it's the only one I named.

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Postby kanderson » Tue, 24 Nov 2009 10:25 am

Thanks everyone!!

appreciate your replies! and feedback!

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Postby curiousgeorge » Thu, 26 Nov 2009 7:51 pm

Ikea are now doing "teak style" furniture. :o

I got two little outdoor coffee tables for $29 each.

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Postby mrHomeLook » Fri, 04 Dec 2009 3:44 pm

im pretty sure the web can help u immensely. there are several avenues which u can try. never say never :)
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 04 Dec 2009 6:40 pm

Wow, already obvious, so we are watching.....

tic....toc....tic....toc.....

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Postby beppi » Fri, 17 Sep 2010 9:53 am

Almost all teak furniture sold in Singapore comes from the Jepara area in Java. Workmanship there varies from very bad to good, with a heavy emphasis on bad.
If you go there yourself, as a foreigner and without very good knowledge, you will almost invariably get bad things at high price - and have to arrange shipment as well (which for individual items is prohibitively expensive). You also have no warranty or recourse if the items fall apart after a few months (which bad quality is bound to).
If you buy from a shop here, the quality isn't necessarily better, but you have a chance to choose. It's buyer beware, so you should first learn what to look out for!
For example: Almost all "outdoor" teak available here is varnished. Varnished wood is unsuitable for outdoors and will look ugly after a short while, but the varnish covers up poor wood quality, so it looks better when sold. Good (or in my opinion the only acceptable) outdoor teak comes unvarnished and needs to be oiled regularly. (If you are not prepared to do that, buy plastic instead!)
For indoor furniture, the most important, besides wood quality and age (which is difficult to judge for a layman), is the workmanship of the joints. If there are gaps (often filled with resin and varnished over, so look closely!) or other signs of bad fits, stay away.
Woodcarvings will also often crack and break if the wood is of low quality or the grains go in the wrong direction (most Indonesian carvers don't know about this!).
While I would not call ScanTeak stuff "good quality", it is certainly acceptable and better than most (apart from a few very high price specialty suppliers).

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Postby JayCee » Fri, 17 Sep 2010 1:25 pm

I've always avoided buying teak wood as no-one in stores could ever tell me where the wood came from and I refuse to buy anything from Myanmar and put money in the pockets of those evil bastards who run the country


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