It is quite easy to choose furniture for a bathroom as the modern market is brimming with varieties of models. However, there are always dangers and in if you choose furniture for specific rooms it is especially important that you learn to avoid them.

In this article you will find how not to become a hostage of your own incorrect decision pertaining to quality of purchased objects for the bathroom.

While choosing the right furniture for your bathroom you have to keep in mind the following:

  1. Dimensions of room and potential distances between all the objects in the room. Choice of furniture material depend on room dimensions, thus, only the owners of big spacious bathrooms can afford expensive wooden vanity unit with a solid top. In such rooms shower cabins and bathtubs are located in washing area far from such items, moreover, the room is furnished with window or good ventilation system, which do not let surfaces stay wet for long. Small rooms of 4-6 square metres are another cup of tea. Such rooms with constant humidity and frequent contact with water demand buying simple but high standard furniture with excellent waterproof surfaces.
  2. Number of family members, their age and physical abilities. Small child or an elderly person would face difficulty taking something from the wall drawer hung too high.
  3. Shape of furniture, especially if it is a small room and everything should remain in their own area. You may choose a small rectangular vanity unit as it is an ideal piece of furniture for small rooms in which simplicity and utility is an utmost virtue.

 

Furniture types for bathroom

Wall cabinets and drawers
Convenient and compact, usually simply shaped cabinets hung on the wall are good for small bathrooms, however, they also look good in ample rooms. Those who adhere to laconic interiors will love unobtrusiveness and simplicity of lines. Besides, it is good to hide unpleasant site of piping alongside walls or a boiler with the help of wall cabinets.

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Vanity units
What is meant here is vanity units set right on the floor without any supporters. Such a furniture hides U-bend, hosepipes, pipes located low above the floor, and at the same time in its drawers and on its shelves all the necessities for hygienic procedures are stored.

Unfortunately, if water gets under such cabinets it stays for long and having soaked into the bottom inevitably deforms material of the furniture wearing it out in a year or two.

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Furniture on legs
Here we can mention everything that was said in the previous paragraph and add that floor furniture on legs is more practical and durable as because of slight elevation it gives access to remove excess water and gathered dirt.

If your bathroom is not very big, choose vanity unit on legs to settle under the washbasin, if the bathroom is bigger you can install separate cabinets (high or low, narrow or wide) with drawers or open shelves for keeping towels, bottles and cosmetic jars.

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Floor cabinets
Narrow and high (ideally up to the ceiling) floor cabinet is irreplaceable if you have to store conveniently all the items for taking a bath, shower or daily teeth brushing in small space. Floor cabinet might seem modest at first sight (sometimes it is not more than 30 x 40cm in depth) but often it is fit with multiple shelves, drawers and baskets and that is why you have no problem in finding place for big number of bathroom supplies.

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Quality of materials

Solid wood
Wood as a material for bathroom furniture is a kind of classics but one rarely decides to use it in bathroom and we will explain why.

Majority of species of trees actively soaks moisture and lose their original appearance, however oak wood, ash wood, exotic wenge, zebrano and teak wood are exception.

Some well-known manufacturers, while making bathroom furniture, use beech, cherry and other hardwoods thoroughly dried in advance and coat the solid wood with several stages of protective layers of primers, drying oils, paints, polishes and oils.

When buying furniture from solid wood, ask for quality certificate, which compulsory states the following: country of production, raw materials supplying country, list of protective materials and other useful information.

Nevertheless (and manufacturers know about that), solid wood is used only for front view of furniture and decoration, less often for tops. Other parts of furniture are made of MDF. Even if wooden furniture is of high quality it is best to settle it in spacious bathrooms (not less than 15 sq.m.) where air constantly circulates and humidity is average (nor exceeding 65 -70%).

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Fibreboard MDF
This material is very popular nowadays and many well-known international manufacturers of expensive furniture use it extensively. MDF is used in production of fronts, frames, decorative fixtures, tabletops. To protect the material from moisture and make it look noble it is covered with moisture-proof chipboard, treated it in special compositions and choose moisture-proof material of base surface.

Furniture made of MDF for smaller rooms is to be thoroughly treated as it directly affects its lifetime. Thus, boards are first coated with several layers of polyurethane primer, after that with gloss enamel (to protect it from moisture, scratches and dents). Finally boards are dried by ultraviolet rays which makes the surfaces ideally even.

Although MDF boards are not exactly cheap, designers use them gladly for their projects in producing profiled furniture.

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Veneered furniture
Veneer is a decorative overcover ornamenting and protecting fronts of furniture made from MDF, solid wood, moisture-proof chipboard. Of course, it is also treated in moisture-protecting compositions, then choose special glues and polishes with which coat veneer above.

On the whole veneer is used for more spectacular appearance of furniture since imitation of different wood species (wenge, walnut, cherry, oak) and other materials (leather, stone) elicit pleasant associations.

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Plastic
This material has all the advantageous qualities: it is aesthetic, lightweight, easy to take care of, invulnerable to moisture and the largest and well-established furniture companies love working with it.

Universalism of plastic is proved by its daily exploitation in dwellings. Plastic tabletops, fronts and frames of bathroom cabinets and vanity units sometimes may be even transparent resembling genuine glass. Extensive palette and ability to draw any ornament on its surface add to plastic’s popularity.

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Glass elements
Glass is one of the best options to use in the bathroom. It is practical, moisture-proof, of course, and very appealing from aesthetic point of view, it can be installed in bathrooms of any size and its presence is always appropriate.

Countertop basins have gained a very good reputation; you will have no problems with routine cleaning. However, taking into account ability of water to trickle easily in all directions from smooth slippery surface, you will have to think of restricting rims alongside walls adjoining furniture.

Apart from countertops, glass is used in the bathroom for shelves, cabinet doors and even furniture boxes in different shades of opacity and colour hue. On top of everything, one has to point out adaptation abilities of glass as it looks good in any style of interior.

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Natural stone or composite material as its counterpart
Granite, marble, basalt in the bathroom are the dream of many people and it is perfectly understandable as natural stone always means guaranteed quality, durability and even status, if you like.

Such kinds of stone quite often are used in production of countertops with holes cut out for basins. By the way, basins placed over the countertop are as popular as inset ones but the latter are more practical.

Nowadays progress is fast so there is no problems in choosing natural stone care products. There are various polishes, shampoos, dirt-, water- and fat-resistant compositions for delicate cleaning such surfaces without damaging them, leaving natural stone in its original state.

Prices for countertops from natural stone are determined by manufacturers and depend on thickness, kind of stone, its quality and decorative value.

Artificial stone or composite material gains more popularity with each day on the market of furniture production, including furniture for bathrooms. Artificial stone is as good as natural stones and can imitate them all. Countertops and basins made of composite materials are moisture-proof, resists damages (chippings and scratches) and applied gelcoat even gives them antibacterial quality.