Burma Teak, also known as Myanmar Teak or Tectona grandis, is a type of teak wood that originates from the tropical forests of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). It is highly valued for its unique combination of properties and characteristics that set it apart from other wood varieties. Decowood offers a whole range of teak veneer sheets for cabinets, kitchen surfaces, and furniture, among other applications. Continuing on the subject, in this blog post, we take a look at a comprehensive overview of Burma teak wood and Burma teak wood veneers, including why it is a highly sought-after wood species among furniture manufacturers, designers and property owners.

What Sets Burma Teak Apart

Some of the key factors that distinguish Burma Teak include:

  1. High oil content: Burma Teak is naturally rich in oils and resins, which contribute to its durability, water resistance, and natural resistance to pests like termites and wood-boring insects. The high oil content also imparts a smooth and lustrous finish to the wood.
  2. Exceptional durability: Due to its natural resistance to decay, rot, and insect infestations, Burma Teak is an exceptionally durable wood. It has been used for centuries in shipbuilding, furniture making, and various outdoor applications, thanks to its ability to withstand harsh environmental conditions.
  3. Aesthetic appeal: Burma Teak is known for its beautiful, golden-brown color and striking, straight grain pattern. This wood’s appearance often improves with age, as the color deepens and the grain becomes more pronounced.
  4. Workability: Burma Teak is relatively easy to work with, despite its high density. It can be easily cut, shaped, and sanded, making it a preferred choice for fine woodworking and carving projects.
  5. Dimensional stability: Burma Teak has low shrinkage and excellent dimensional stability, meaning it is less prone to warping, splitting, or cracking as it dries and adjusts to environmental changes.
  6. Sustainable sourcing: Due to its slow growth rate and decades-long maturation process, Burma Teak is a limited resource. As a result, it has been overexploited in the past. However, recent efforts to promote sustainable forestry practices in Myanmar have led to better management of teak forests, ensuring the wood’s long-term availability.

Applications of Burma Teak

Burma Teak wood veneers are thin slices of Burma Teak wood, typically adhered to a less expensive substrate like medium-density fiberboard (MDF) or plywood. They retain the aesthetic appeal, natural oils, and durability of solid Burma Teak, making them an attractive and more cost-effective alternative for various applications. Common and best applications of Burma Teak veneers include:


Teak veneers are commonly used in the production of high-quality indoor and outdoor furniture, including tables, chairs, cabinets, wardrobes, and beds. The veneer imparts the beauty of Burma Teak while keeping the cost lower than solid wood pieces.

Interior doors and door frames

Due to their durability, water resistance, and aesthetic appeal, Burma Teak veneers are often used for interior doors, door frames, and architraves in both residential and commercial settings.

Wall paneling and cladding

Teak veneers can be used for wall paneling and cladding in homes, offices, and public spaces to create a warm and sophisticated ambiance. The veneers can be applied horizontally or vertically, and may be combined with other materials to create unique designs.

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Flooring and staircases

Burma Teak veneer flooring and staircases are popular for their luxurious appearance, durability, and water resistance. These applications provide a more affordable alternative to solid teak flooring without compromising on aesthetics.

Decorative accents and moldings

Burma Teak veneers can be used for various decorative accents, such as moldings, cornices, and trim work, to enhance the visual appeal of a space.

Marine and yacht interiors

Given its historical use in shipbuilding and natural resistance to water, Burma Teak veneers are an excellent choice for finishing and paneling in marine and yacht interiors.

Cabinetry and built-ins

Custom cabinetry, built-in bookshelves, and other storage solutions can be crafted using Burma Teak veneers to provide a high-end appearance while maintaining durability and longevity.

About Decowood Veneers

Decowood by Greenlam Industries is a leading natural and engineered wood veneer brand dedicated to producing the highest quality products. We employ cutting-edge TD technology and craftsmanship techniques to create premium wood veneers that are resistant to heat crackling, warping, and splitting. Our extensive collection of wood veneers, including veneer sheets for cabinets, provides detailed insights into the available colors, grains, patterns, and textures. Our Burma teak wood is sourced from sustainable and responsibly managed forests to support environmental conservation efforts. To learn more about our engineered wood veneers or to place an order, please dial our toll-free number 1800 833 0004 or +91 11 4279 1399, or +91 11-4950 1499. You can also reach us via email at info@decowoodveneers.com.