The Mkushi teak bed is our standard version of the Mosi-oa-Tunya four poster bed. It boasts the same beautiful high headboard that emphasised the splendid timber from which it is built – Zambezi Teak. Sometimes designs are too complicated and we detract from the material used. We wanted to avoid that pitfall with our Mkushi Teak bed.
Materials and fittings
Zambezi teak, formerly known as Rhodesian Teak, is very hard and dense, with a splendid colour and grain. It is only in recent years that we learned to work with it because of this extreme density. Our cutting tools have tungsten carbide tips that are sharpened on diamond wheals several times a day. The timber is seasoned for up to five months in our kilns to ensure it is at just the right moisture content to make beautiful, stable teak beds.
The beds are constructed with specially imported Danish bed connectors so that the side rails can be separated from the headboard and footboard for ease of transport and installation. The bed slats roll up into a neat bundle. This is the only part of the teak bed not made from Zambezi teak. Here we use Eucalyptus hardwood because it has a much longer grain and will not crack under pressure when the bed is used, which teak, because it is so hard and brittle, can be prone to.
Uses of this great teak bed:
Single or three quarter teak beds can be built in pairs so they fit perfectly seamlessly for hotel or lodge rooms to form one kingsize bed from twin singles. The Mkushi bed goes very well with our bedside tables, particularly the beautiful Campaign bedside table. They also compliment an African Touch Campaign Chest or Trunk.
3/4, Double, King, Queen, Single
1. Zambezi Teak, 2. African Mahogany