Benchmark Wood Classics design and produce an extensive range of solid iroko patio and garden furniture. The range includes modular corner units, coffee tables, poolside loungers, dining tables, chairs and garden benches.


Chelsea Garden & Home are sole distributors of this distinctive and exclusive range. Designed and produced locally, the aptly named Benchmark range is hand-crafted in Cape Town, using traditional mortice and tenon jointing throughout, and is suitable for indoor or permanent outdoor use.


Also known as African teak, iroko is a dense and durable timber that ranges in colour from yellow to light brown and darkens to a rich grey-brown as the timber ages. Like teak, the wood has a high natural oil content which makes it highly suitable for full outdoor use without any form of further treatment. If exposed to the elements the wood weathers over time to a pleasing silver-grey tone. Oiling of the timber is entirely optional and we use a top-quality Danish oil as our standard finish, which produces a soft matt sheen and a lightly ‘washed’ appearance to the timber. The oil also acts as a sealing agent, protecting the timber, table tops in particular, from stains.


We offer a range of fabrics to give you the freedom to design your cushions as you choose. Colour swatches on this website are for illustrative purposes only and may vary from the actual product. Contact us directly if you would like to select a custom fabric which is not displayed.

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