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Teak or Oak? Which should you choose

Written by: Barnaby Lane



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Our products can be specified in a variety of different materials. We predominantly produce in Oak and Teak. This leads to the question - which should you choose and which is right for you. Take a quick read here to find out more.

What material is right for me?

The simple answer to this - it's totally a personal choice. While there are small subtle differences in the two different material, we explain these below. The quality is the same, and for us due to the process that we take the materials through the colour presents as blonde. They both have a honey, blonde appearance. 

Both materials, Teak and Oak are amongst the most durable, robust woods used in furniture design and production. Both are hardwoods but sourced from different tree species with unique qualities.


Teak is native to Southeast Asian regions, grown for over 50 years to achieve the highest quality standard. Our teak hardwood is harvested responsibly from Indonesian forests and is known for its dense, high natural oil content. Teak is resistant to moisture, heat and bugs, making it strong and durable, suitable for indoor or semi-outdoor use


Oak trees take a long time to grow, and for that very reason, this timber is not always readily available. Oak timber has less oil content but possesses strength and durability with high resistance to moisture and humidity, making it a popular choice for indoor furniture. Our European white oak  is sustainably forested from Europe or the USA

In general Teak tends to have a stronger contrast in tones with black striping of the timber grain, and Oak has a finer striped grain. 

Oak furniture
Teak furniture

Can you show me a picture of each?

Sure! But can you spot the difference? 

The materials that we use in our products go through a process to to make them look very similar in colour. They are both blonde in colour and actually quite hard to tell the difference. 

Teak and leather dining chairs Melbourne
Oak and leather Blush dining chairs Melbourne

Which is right for your home?

Deciding between Teak and Oak is an entirely personal choice dependent on style and budget preference. 

Still need help? Contact us at hello@barnabylane.com.au

One is more expensive so it must be better quality?

This is not entirely true. The cost of a material relies on a lot of factors. For example - where the material is sourced from, what it takes for us to get this material to our production and how readily available that material is to us. 

Still have questions?

We are happy to help, just reach out to us as hello@barnabylane.com.au 

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