Differences Between Outdoors and Indoors Wood Furniture

The outdoors is a great place to take a step back from the monotony of life indoors, and enjoy the wind in your face. Have an unutilized area in your backyard or balcony? With the addition of a few key pieces of outdoor furniture, you can now easily transform the area into a space for living and relaxing.

As you chill in your outdoor haven, the last thing you would want would be to stress over the maintenance of your furniture. Teak wood is a fuss-free option that not only provides comfort, but also look good and functions well with little care.


Outdoor furniture can be used both indoors and outdoors, while indoors furniture can only be used within the home

Furniture meant for indoors use would tend to fade, discolour, or, especially in the case of wood – disintegrate with constant exposure to sunlight and rain. Outdoor furniture, on the other hand, is built specially to weather the elements, and provides a versatile option for use in and out of a home.


Outdoor furniture is naturally weather-resistant

The main difference between indoors and outdoors furniture lies in the types of material used – strong, durable woods like teak possess tight grains and natural oils found within the wood that confers it a natural resistance against decay, insects and moisture. Not to forget it is incredibly strong and ages well; teak is the choice material for outdoor timber furniture.

In comparison, other types of wood not naturally endowed with resistance against the elements would be more preferable for indoors furniture. These wood are treated externally with a coating of varnish, giving it a layer of protection against the occasional spill of a drink, or wiping of the surfaces within the house, but not specifically for heavy prolonged weathering in the outdoors.


Outdoor timber is easy to maintain – no oiling needed

As teak wood naturally contains oils within the wood that is already sufficient to protect it from the elements; contrary to popular belief, more is not better – additional application of store-bought teak oil on teak furniture does not prolong its lifespan. In fact, in the long term, the solvents degrade the natural teak oil within the wood, making it dependent on continuous reapplications of oil to prevent the wood from drying out.

Likewise, indoors wood furniture finished by varnishes are long-lasting and have sufficient protection against moisture and spills, as long as they are cleaned off immediately. These specially formulated contemporary varnishes are more effective and robust than traditional oiling methods, making the regular oiling of the wood unnecessary.


“Weather-proof” fabrics (Synthetic fabrics vs water-resistant coatings)

Leather or cotton for outdoor fabrics? Nah! Outdoor fabrics should be water-resistant and fade-resistant, even for internal fabrics: pillow inserts and fillings have to be 100% waterproof as well. Water resistance can come from specially-engineered fabrics, such as Textilene (woven polyester with PVC coating) and Olefin (polypropylene),  or simply look for Sunbrella’s Fabric.

Water-resistance can also be treated on fabric using special surface coatings like ScotchGuard. However, these coatings are not permanent and will have to be re-applied after around 5-6 washings.


All in all, outdoor furniture are adaptable pieces that are durable, fuss-free and fun to have around. Check out the latest outdoor Teak furniture additions to our collection here: http://po.st/OGTTgE


Email to hello@etchandbolts.com for Teak furniture customisation and product enquiries, or simply swing by our store at 3 Little Road level 2 s536982.

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