Outdoor Furniture Trends for 2017

Filed Under: AuthenTEAK News, Design Ideas

Casual Market Chicago is a yearly event bringing together the biggest names in outdoor living. From furniture to fire pits, the newest designers and most established brands come together under one roof providing loads of inspiration for the next outdoor season.

Our team was at the show and brought back some fantastic imagery of what you can expect to see on the hippest patios in 2017. Here are some of our favorite looks and trends to watch.

cabana sectional by skyline furniture

Cabana style was big with lounges and even entire sectionals getting covered treatment. This large U-shaped sectional by SkyLine made quite a splash at the show.



Mixed media and modularity were the “M” words continuing the major trends from last year. Powder coated aluminum frames mixed with upholstery and teak accents to create some of the sleekest and most comfortable looks around.



Wicker was elevated with leggy looks that raised interest and added midcentury appeal. The addition of a love seat to the Kingsley-Bate Paris collection adds versatility to this already popular suite.



While furniture cushions continue to trend towards neutrals, color came through in both expected and unexpected ways. Plush outdoor rugs, like these by Liorra Manne, brought both indoor comfort and abstract washes of color in blues and greens.



More pops of color in blues and greens were found with these unique ceramic table bases topped with teak by Gloster. A grouping of these tables make the perfect spot to rest your coffee, newspaper or a glass of wine while lounging in their deep seating.



Throw pillows in all-weather fabrics were on display in a variety of colors and textures. These oversize floor cushions add instant seating when you’re entertaining a crowd.



Outdoor lighting and decorative elements were elevated to with finishes and styles you would expect to see indoors – creating exquisite touches that could be used indoors or out.

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Caring for Teak Outdoor Furniture


Caring for teak furniture

A natural honey color or silvery grey…the choice is yours. Learn how to care for your teak here.

Teak is an extremely durable hardwood which requires very little care to preserve its good looks and integrity over decades of use. The qualities which make teak so attractive to ship builders – its impermeability, resistance to splitting and rot, as well as its natural beauty make it equally attractive as a material for outdoor furniture. In fact, the majority of premium outdoor furniture manufacturers chose teak exclusively as their outdoor wood of choice.

When it comes to caring for your teak outdoor furniture, there are a few simple guidelines to follow. The first thing to address are the two natural states of teak – and the decision each homeowner should make about their aesthetic preference between the two. Natural teak is teak which has retained its golden honey color. This is the natural state of new teak before it has weathered, and it is possible to preserve this appearance with a little care. Weathered teak is teak which has aged to a natural silvery grey color. This generally occurs after several months or years outdoor in direct sunlight, and many homeowners prefer the soft, silvery look.

Caring for Weathered Teak

Should you decide to let your teak weather to a silvery grey, there’s very little that you need to do. Within 5 to 12 months of leaving the furniture outdoors in the sunlight it will begin to develop a grey patina. To speed up the process you can use a product like our Golden Care Teak Patinizer which will hasten the weathering process and also help prevent the adhesion of dirt and mildew.

Once the furniture has taken on a weathered surface, it is easily maintained by an annual cleaning with a soft bristled brush and soapy water to remove accumulated dirt. For tough stains and mildew add one part household bleach to two parts water in the soap solution. Rinse well with clean water after washing. For tougher stains, there are teak cleaning products available online which you can try, including Golden Care Teak Wood Cleaner. Pressure washers are to be avoided as they can scour and roughen the wood surface. Also, the use of steel wool is not recommended as it can leave a residue that can produce rust spots.

To slow the weathering process and let your teak age to a light silvery grey and inhibit mildew growth you can also use a product like our Golden Care Teak Whitener.

Preserving Natural Teak

The golden hue of natural teak is easy to maintain with a little effort.

The golden hue of natural teak is easy to maintain with a little effort.

If you want your teak furniture to maintain the golden hue it had when purchased, the best way is to use it indoors or under an awning away from direct sunlight. Eventually, with time the weathering process will begin. However, weathering is a cosmetic, surface condition only. Hand sanding with a fine grit sandpaper will remove the outer grey layer and once again reveal that golden shade you love.  Applying a product like Golden Care Teak Protector will help to extend the life of the natural finish even longer.

To protect a teak dining table from stains like wine or grease and oil from food, salad dressing and butter, we recommend a product like Golden Care Teak Shield. This will help preserve your investment and allow you to get the maximum enjoyment from your teak tables.

While some people use teak oil to preserve the original teak finish, we do not recommend using teak oil on furniture which will be used outdoors as this finish can promote the growth of mold on the surface of the furniture as well as a greasy feel which will interfere with your enjoyment of your furniture. Instead, we suggest following the cleaning and occasional sanding steps above to maintain your preferred finish.


Save 20% on Couristan All-Weather Rugs through July 31st

Filed Under: Sale

Looking for a finishing touch for your outdoor room? An all-weather rug can define your space and add visual interest while withstanding the elements and resisting stains.

Whether your style runs towards large, bold floral patterns, simple stripes, bold geometric patterns or muted neutrals, you’re sure to find a rug in the Couristan collection to suit your space.

Shop a wide assortment of indoor/outdoor rugs at AuthenTeak.com!

Shop a wide assortment of indoor/outdoor rugs at AuthenTeak.com!


Right now, all of our Couristan outdoor rugs are 20% off when you shop online or in the showroom. Use code COURISTAN at checkout and you’ll see the discount reflected in your order.

Click here to shop our selection of Couristan rugs online today!`

Our Grill Guide – How to Choose the Right Grill for Your Space and Taste

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Nothing say summer more than firing up the grill and cooking for a gathering of family and friends. If you are new to outdoor cooking, the selection of grills available on the market may seem daunting. Follow our simple guide to select the perfect grill for your space and cooking needs here.

Cooking Fuel

Picking a fuel source for you grill is a good place to get started. Whether your preferences run towards charcoal, gas, propane or even wood we have a grill to meet your needs.


A kamado-style grill like this one from Primo gives you the flexibility to smoke, grill, bake and roast all with one tool.

A Kamado-style grill like this one from Primo gives you the flexibility to smoke, grill, bake and roast all with one tool.

There are charcoal cooking aficionados who swear that charcoal is the best cooking method. Some of the benefits of using a charcoal grill include the ability to cook at high temperatures, the ability to smoke foods as well as grill in a charcoal burning grill, and the ability to burn wood for flavor.

If you love that smoky charcoal flavor in your grilled meats, or love to experiment with different wood chip varieties to obtain the perfect flavor, a charcoal grill or smoker is the way to go.

Standard kettle-style charcoal grills like this one by Weber are an affordable entry-point into charcoal grilling, while more sophisticated kamado-style ceramic grills provide the ability to create different heat zones to cook different foods all at once with the use of dividers and heat deflectors.

Explore our selection of charcoal burning grills and smokers.

Gas and Propane

The Weber Genesis is a classic American-made grill which is available with propane and natural gas burning options.

The Weber Genesis is a classic American-made grill which is available with propane and natural gas burning options.

Gas and propane grills are extremely popular and many of the options available on the market provide the option to use either fuel source. While propane burns slightly hotter, the experience is nearly identical and for many grill owners the decision comes down to the logistics of their backyard.

If you’re the type of chef who likes to move your grill to where the action is, a propane tank is the way to go. While it keeps your grill mobile, it will require that you have an extra propane tank on hand to avoid running out of fuel before the meal is done. On average, one propane tank can provide 25 hours of cooking time, so plan accordingly.

If you currently have a gas line in your backyard, it can be more convenient to connect your grill to it. If you do not already have a gas line there will be a cost from your local utility to get this set up. Once  done, you should consider your grill fixed in place as moving it to another area will require caution and expertise. However, the benefit of never needing to worry about running out of cooking fuel should outweigh the loss of mobility.

When shopping our selection of gas grills you will see the option to select either propane or natural gas on each individual product page.

Grill Size

Cooking for a crowd? This 42" LXE Gas Grill by Alfresco might fit your bill. We carry grills up to 56" wide at AuthenTeak.com

Cooking for a crowd? This 42″ LXE Gas Grill by Alfresco might fit your bill. We carry grills up to 56″ wide at AuthenTeak.com

We’ve never had a customer complain that their grill was too big, but many do come in to upgrade to a larger grill when they feel their cooking area is just not large enough. Keep this in mind when selecting your grill.

Think about the crowds you are planning to cook for as well as the foods you normally prepare. 10 hot dogs will take up a lot less space than 10 chicken breasts! Plus, for proper cooking you should allow a half inch of space all the way around each piece of meat on the grill. Love grilled veggies? Those can take up quite a bit of space as well. Whether you want your entire meal to come off the grill at once, or don’t mind cooking in batches while your guests wait is another consideration.

Make sure to take into account both the direct cooking area – directly above the heat source, and the indirect cooking area – upper racks –when determining how much space you will need.

Have more questions about selecting the best grill for your needs? Visit or call the showroom for personalized help from our expert staff.

SunBrite TVs for All-Weather Outdoor Use

Filed Under: Design Ideas, Uncategorized
Fun for the whole family by day and night!


An age-old dilemma that every sports fan has faced – stay inside to watch the game, or enjoy the outdoors with family and friends – has finally been solved. SunBriteTV, manufacturer of all-weather outdoor televisions, has created a product line specifically built to deal with the harshest outdoor conditions. Rain, dirt, insects, extreme temperatures and UV rays are no match for these durable units manufactured in the USA in Thousand Oaks, CA.

SunBriteTVs come in a range of sizes

Shop our assortment of SunBriteTVs in a range of sizes suited to any outdoor space.


Many homeowners wonder if they can use a television made for indoors in their outdoor space. There are three main reasons why you do not want to do this – heat, cold and condensation. While you may be able to find a television rated for hotter or cooler temperatures, the real problem occurs when temperatures fluctuate and condensation forms inside the unit which is only meant to function indoors. Moisture inside the unit will cause performance to degrade and the unit to eventually fail. Not to mention the fact that outdoor use will immediately void the warranty on any TV unit not specified for outdoor use.

If you are looking for an outdoor TV that will withstand the elements year round while delivering a superior HD viewing experience, check out these units which grace many of the country’s professional sports arenas – including Yankee Stadium, Gillette Stadium, Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, Marlins Park.

Whether you need a small unit for a screened porch or are looking for an impressive focal point above your outdoor fireplace – SunBriteTV has a unit for you. With units ranging from 32″ to 84″ you’re sure to find one to enhance the enjoyment of your outdoor space – and lure the sports fans outdoors for once and for all!

Shop SunBriteTVs online at AuthenTeak.com and enjoy Free Shipping on all units.

Gloster Grid Savings Event Begins Today!

Filed Under: Outdoor Furniture, Sale

Have your eye on Gloster’s newest collection? The Award Winning Grid takes Danish Design outdoors in a way no other brand has done before. A modern combination of powder coated aluminum, plush, weatherproof upholstery, and warm teak accents makes this collection a comfortable oasis and focal point for your outdoor space. Gloster’s renowned construction ensures that these pieces will grace your outdoor space for years to come with unparalleled style.


Low slung lounge pieces with integrated side tables combine with high side tables to create functional arrangements for any space.


Create an inviting space to socialize with a combination of sofas, ottomans and coffee tables which can be arranged – and rearranged – to suit any gathering.


Grid is available in 2 frame colors and 10 fabric choices to create a look distinctly your own.

From May 19th through June 23rd, shoppers can take advantage of additional savings on this collection equal to 36% off the Manufacturer’s suggested retail price. After June 23rd, our pricing will return to a discount of 25% off the Manufacturer’s retail price for the remainder of the month.

Ready to plan your Grid? Visit the website to shop the collection or call us for Free design guidance today.

Choosing the Right Patio Umbrella

Filed Under: Outdoor Umbrellas

The easiest way to make your outdoor space enjoyable during the hottest months is with shade. Blocking the sun’s rays with an umbrella can dramatically reduce the effects of the sun. In fact, a sweltering 95 degrees can become a comfortable 80 degrees under the right umbrella.

Learn how to pick the perfect umbrella for your outdoor space in our guide, below.

choosing the right patio umbrella

What Type of Umbrella

The first step to choosing an umbrella is determining what type will best fit your needs.

Market or Patio Umbrellas

woodumbrellaIf you are looking to cover an outdoor dining table, a market or patio umbrella is a good, cost efficient choice. These umbrellas will fit through the hole in an outdoor dining table, and can also stand alone to cover a seating area. They are commonly used to provide shade between chaise lounges or over seating on a pool deck or patio.

Choosing a tilting patio umbrella is a great upgrade which will allow you to adjust the angle of the umbrella depending on the sun’s position, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space without continually moving to avoid the sun’s rays.

Whatever your intended use, make sure you purchase an appropriate base for your patio umbrella. Simply setting it into the center hole of your dining table is not sufficient to keep it upright and can cause eventual damage to your table if not properly secured into a base. When using a patio umbrella without a table you will need to use a heavier base. Refer to our product details pages to find the appropriate base for your selected umbrella and usage.

Cantilever Umbrellas

If you want to shade a dining tacantilever umbrellable without the center pole getting in the way, or you wish to cover a large outdoor seating area, hot tub or children’s play area, a cantilever umbrella is the perfect choice.

These adjustable umbrellas can cover large areas without the obstruction of a center poll. Many cantilever umbrellas rotate so t
hat you can easily switch it from your dining area to seating area depending on your activities or the sun’s position. They are also popular for creating a shaded area over a pool.  Remember, a large cantilever requires a large base, so be sure to purchase an adequate cantilever base and so you can enjoy your umbrella for many years to come.

What Size Umbrella

For market or patio umbrellas being used with a table, 8-10 feet is the standard height.

If you plan to use your umbrella with a bar-height table, you can purchase a longer bottom pole which raises the umbrella crank above the table top, making it far easier to open and close your umbrella.

When it comes to choosing the umbrella diameter, here are a few rules of thumb.

  • For use with a table, select an umbrella with a diameter 2 feet greater than that of the table. This will ensure that all guests are covered.
  • For use with a seating area, chose an umbrella slightly larger than your seating configuration to create a space that is comfortable for all.
  • Choose an octagon or round umbrellas with round tables and a rectangular umbrella for use with oval or rectangular tables. And of course, there are square umbrellas for use with square tables.

Refer to the document below to determine the proper size for your seating arrangement.

Treasure Garden Science of Shade 

Umbrella Fabric Grades

We offer umbrellas in a range of fabrics including Sunbrella, Outdura and O’Bravia. Refer to the guide below for an explanation of these choices.

Our umbrellas and replacement canopies are available in a myriad of fabric colors and styles. You can also order free fabric swatches directly from the product page of the item you are looking at to ensure your umbrella complements your outdoor space. Should you require an umbrella or canopy in a fabric color or pattern you do not see listed on our website please contact us to inquire about special orders.


Umbrella Fabrics at a Glance


Good Better Best
Solefin O’Bravia Sunbrella & Outdura
Grade D Grade C Grade A/A+
Grade D Fabrics are made of 100% Solution-Dyed Soft Olefin. These fabrics offers a great value with a wide assortment of colors. These all-weather fabrics offers a two (2) year warranty covering loss of color or strength from normal exposure including sunlight, mildew or rot. Treasure Garden’s best performing, 100% Solution-Dyed Polyester 4800 series fabric. These durable all-weather fabrics offer a four (4) year warranty covering loss of color or strength from normal exposure including sunlight, mildew or rot. This 100% Solution-Dyed Polyester offers the outdoor casual furniture industry an ideal earth friendly solution and is truly the 100% recyclable “GREEN” choice. Grade A/A+ fabrics include 100% Solution-Dyed Acrylic fabrics from the top U.S. mills including Sunbrella and Outdura. These all-weather fabrics offer a five (5) year warranty covering loss of color or strength from normal exposure including sunlight, mildew or rot.

A Guide to Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen

Filed Under: Grilling

Thinking about adding an outdoor kitchen to your yard? Read our informative guide before you begin, then let us help you with space planning and appliance selection.

Kitchen Placement and Size

Atlantic Outdoor Living - East Northport, NY

This large outdoor kitchen covers all the bases – Photo by Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor kitchens come in many configurations and sizes. Rest assured that whatever your dimensions, the addition of an outdoor kitchen will add both value and enjoyment to your outdoor space. Some homeowners choose to place their outdoor kitchen in close proximity to their indoor kitchen in order to make use of existing structural features (walls and overhangs) as well as ease of connecting to existing gas, electrical and plumbing systems.

Should you chose to place your outdoor kitchen far from your home, perhaps near a pool, consider adding additional features for storage and refrigeration to prevent unnecessary trips back to the house.  A sink will allow the convenience of washing your hands and rinsing off platters and utensils, and ice makers, beverage centers and wine chillers designed specifically for outdoors will keep your guests happy and prevent additional trips indoors. If your kitchen is far from your home, you’ll also want to consider protection from the elements and lighting in your plan.

Kitchen Usage and Requirements

Before you get started, consider how often you plan on using your outdoor kitchen as well as who you will be cooking for. If you plan to cook outdoors multiple times a week, add elements that will expand the versatility of your cooking space. A rotisserie, pizza oven, and smoker will allow you to vary your dining experience and expand your cooking skills.

Outdoor Stainless Steel Cabinetry

Select the right cooking tools for your outdoor needs – Photo by Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor Kitchen Construction and Utilities

Many homeowners would like to cut down on the cost of their outdoor kitchen by doing much of the work themselves. While this is certainly possible and will provide a cost savings, here are a few things to know.

  1. Electrical: Make sure your outdoor kitchen contains plenty of electrical connections. A rotisserie grill, refrigeration, and even lighting will require electrical connections. Make sure you plan for enough of them and hire a certified contractor so that your kitchen passes inspection.
  2. Plumbing: Running water is a necessary convenience in many outdoor kitchens,. If you are not placing your kitchen in close proximity to your home, a faucet to rinse hands and platters will be a worthwhile convenience. Once you have that plumbing line set up, you may also want to consider adding an ice maker for cool beverages all season long.
  3. Gas: A built in gas line means never having to replace propane tanks and never running out. Consider this option if you plan on using your outdoor kitchen more than once a week,

If you are looking for ways to cut costs in your outdoor kitchen project, consider purchasing a pre-fabricated outdoor kitchen island. These units come in many configurations and can be purchased with or without appliances. Once installed, you simply need to add stone, tile and counter top material to achieve a custom outdoor kitchen look. Shop our selection of kitchen islands here.

Are you ready to get started making your dream outdoor kitchen a reality? Contact us today for a Free outdoor kitchen design as well as expert advice selecting your appliances.

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Free Teak Storage Box with Dining Set Purchase!

Filed Under: Outdoor Furniture, Sale

If you love to dine outside, you are going to love this month’s special. Now through April 30th, 2016 receive a Free 59″ Teak Storage Box with any dining set purchase of $2500 or more.

A teak storage box is a great place to store your dining chair cushions when not in use. Keeping cushions out of the elements will keep them clean, dry, and ready to use the next time company comes over.


This 59″ Teak Storage box will help keep you organized inside or out!

This offer is available in the showroom only, so stop by shop our wide selection of dining sets currently in stock.


Shop our large selection of teak dining tables including this one from renowned brand Gloster.

From traditional to modern – we have outdoor dining sets to fit every outdoor style and budget. Including sets from Gloster, Barlow Tyrie, Kingsley-Bate and our own exclusive AuthenTEAK brand.


Our Evita dining set is a stylish mix of aluminum and teak with a pedestal base that can accommodate a crowd!

Another great use for this stylish teak storage box is in a mudroom or garage where it can easily double as a convenient bench for putting on shoes, or extra toy and tool storage.

Stop by the showroom before the end of the month to take advantage of this offer.

Battle Pollen Season with Outdoor Furniture Covers

Filed Under: Gardening, Outdoor Furniture

Covers for your outdoor furniture are necessary during the winter months to prevent damage in cold, wet environments. But did you know that during pollen season, outdoor furniture covers can be a huge help as well?

If you live in an area with a large pollen output, you know the frustration of stepping outside to find your outdoor furniture covered in a thin film of yellow powder. This pollen will stick to your clothing if you sit down outside and then be transferred indoors where it can affect allergy sufferers around the clock. If pollen-covered outdoor furniture is keeping you out of your outdoor spaces, or the constant cleaning has become too much, consider investing in a good set of outdoor furniture covers to use when you are not enjoying your outdoor space.

By covering outdoor furniture when not in use, you can keep it clean and ready to entertain. It’s easy to find covers to fit all of your pieces when you shop online at Authenteak. We carry covers by many of the outdoor furniture brands including Kingsley-Bate and Gloster to specifically fit their products, as well as covers by Treasure Garden made in a wide range of sizes to fit outdoor furniture by many different manufacturers.


Treasure Garden covers will keep your outdoor furniture pollen free.

Treasure Garden offers a wide range of outdoor furniture covers to fit your needs

Shop covers for Kingsley-Bate outdoor furniture collection

Kingsley-Bate custom tailored covers keep your furniture looking sharp year round

Not sure where to start?

Visit our measuring guide to learn how to measure for outdoor furniture covers.

Need more help? Give us a call in the showroom at 1-800-350-8325 or visit the website to live chat with one of our sales associates.