Choosing the Proper Bathroom Furniture
– How to choose your bathroom furniture
– The different types of bathroom furniture
– Which material for your bathroom furniture?
– Bathroom furniture prices
Bathroom furniture is essential to optimize space and provide maximum storage. Whether hanging or free-standing, of various sizes and styles, they come in many materials, natural or synthetic, which will determine their aesthetics and their durability, and ease of maintenance. This post presents you with all the criteria to consider when choosing the right furniture for your bathroom.
How to choose your bathroom furniture
Everything starts with the ergonomics of the furniture. It must be adapted to the space available in the bathroom and your storage needs. In addition to the cabinet’s dimensions, you will need to consider the amount of space required to move around, if it has doors or drawers, for example. Moreover, a piece of furniture that is too large will visually weigh down a room where space is often at a premium.
Free-standing or suspended
You can choose between hanging and free-standing furniture. Suspended, it contributes to lightening the room visually and facilitates cleaning. Free-standing, it is placed directly on the floor and is available in a version with wheels for easy moving.
Easy to maintain
Think practical as well by choosing materials that are easy to maintain, knowing that the closer a piece of furniture is to a bathroom (sink or bathtub, for example), the faster it gets dirty.
Hanging furniture is usually supplied with a fixing kit, but be careful of the type of wall on which you will fix it. If it is hollow or thin, the dowels and the weight of the furniture will have to be adapted.
It would help if you also fixed exceptionally high standing furniture to the wall to avoid any risk of tipping.
The different types of bathroom furniture
Furniture under the basin or washbasin
Built-in or recessed under the basin or sink, this type of furniture adapts to the depth of the bathroom. Although it must allow access to the siphon, it still has plenty of storage space for towels, toiletries, cleaning products, etc.
Drawers are always convenient: they easily hold make-up, razors, and other beauty accessories.
The column is a space-saving, high-level storage unit. It’s the space-saving option for the bathroom.
Ideal for keeping the floor clear and optimizing wall space, “open” shelves allow you to have everything within easy reach, even if they also require you to have a certain amount of storage discipline.
Equipped with one or more doors, sometimes with a mirror and lighting, the bathroom cabinet is often fixed above the basin or the sink.
Small storage units
– Think about getting baskets that will serve as a catch-all and where you will hide all those minor cosmetics or other products with unsightly packaging and colors unsuited to the style of your bathroom.
– Opt for small storage boxes that are always useful: but avoid cardboard boxes, which are not very resistant in humid environments.
Which material for your bathroom furniture?
Wood is one of the most common materials used in the bathroom, especially for furniture. It is available in many different types of wood in solid wood, bamboo, or particleboard.
A noble and warm material par excellence, solid wood can be reserved for furniture doors and finishing elements and the entire furniture.
Among the many species, we find pine and fir (both affordable), as well as beech, acacia, oak, or ash. Resistant and mainly aesthetic, these species must be treated, often by autoclave, to withstand the humidity that reigns in the bathrooms. They can then be left raw or oiled, varnished, or painted. Be careful; you must regularly maintain them.
Another possibility is exotic woods: teak, wenge, eucalyptus, mahogany, etc. They are very resistant, naturally waterproof, and require less maintenance than “classic” species, but are also more expensive.
Note: Autoclave treatment consists of placing the wood in a box where there is a vacuum. A treatment product is inserted into the box that, once pressurized, allows it to penetrate the wood deeply.
As aesthetic as it is durable, bamboo is naturally resistant to humidity, which it absorbs without deforming. Lightweight and less expensive than solid wood, you can clean bamboo bathroom furniture with a bit of linseed oil.
A particleboard is a panel of wood particles assembled under hot pressure. Less expensive than solid or exotic wood, it is light and resistant. Be careful; it must be specifically adapted for use in humid environments. You can cover it with a matt, glossy, lacquered, or colored finish. You can also cover it with a PVC finish to imitate, for example, wood or metal.
Of more recent conception, the medium or MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) is a panel made from compressed wood fibers and glued together. Smoother than chipboard, the medium is widely used because of its aesthetic qualities, strength, and durability. It does not warp. But it, too, must be waterproofed to withstand humidity. It offers the same finishes as particleboard.
Plywood is made of several sheets of veneer glued together and arranged around a central fold (the core). It is light and flexible, but with excellent mechanical strength, and more expensive than particleboard. It can be combined with other materials to modify the aesthetics and performance. Be careful; it must be waterproofed to be used in bathrooms.
Metal can be chosen alone or in combination, with wood, for example. All metal, the bathroom furniture is design and ideal for industrial decor. It is selected in smooth or brushed metal, black, silver or bronze.
But a steel bathroom cabinet can be heavy. So be careful with its fixings if it is a suspended piece of furniture intended to be hung on the wall.
Glass bathroom furniture is transparent and modern. It comes in different finishes: sandblasted, frosted, glazed. It is perfectly resistant to humidity but needs to be cleaned regularly if only to remove fingerprints.
Made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), bathroom furniture is remarkably cheap. It is light and easy to maintain (a simple wipe with a sponge is enough) and comes in many colors. However, it is less resistant over time.
Bathroom furniture prices
You can find bathroom furniture in DIY stores, specialized stores, and on the Internet.
If the price varies according to the type of furniture, dimensions, and finishes, in a wide range from $80 to more than $1 000, you can count:
– for solid wood furniture, from $150 to more than $1 000, depending on the type of wood;
– for a piece of exotic wood furniture, from about $250 to more than $1 000, depending on the type of wood;
– for a piece of furniture made of bamboo, from $120 to more than $800;
– for a piece of furniture made of panels, from about $100 to more than $800, depending on the type of panels;
– for metal furniture, from about $100 to more than $800;
– for glass furniture, from about $200 to more than $1,000;
– for PVC furniture, from $80 to more than $500.
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You can read further here: The 4 Most Popular Bathroom Materials