Bathroom furniture is essential for storing towels and toiletries. They can be found from cheap options to custom designer furniture. Here are some tips for choosing the perfect furniture for your bathroom.
The ergonomics of the furniture must be designed to serve the need. They should be chosen based on available space, storage need, and bathroom setup.
You also have many styles to choose from, modern, rustic, contemporary or minimalist, as well as different materials and finishes, assemblies and accessories.
- 1 Open
- 2 With drawers
- 3 With doors
- 4 Shelves
- 5 Column cabinet
- 6 Cabinet for washbasin or under counter
- 7 Mirrored cabinets
- 8 Towel racks
- 9 Suspended or hanging furniture
- 10 On the floor
- 11 Materials for bathroom furniture
- 12 Solid wood
- 13 Melamine or particle board
- 14 MDF
- 15 Dimensions
- 16 Bathroom furniture maintenance
Open bathroom cabinets do not have doors or drawers. For this reason they are especially suitable for storing products that are used several times a day, such as a toothbrush, comb and hairbrush, etc. They are installed at the users height to facilitate access.
On shelves and other open furniture, boxes made of fabric or other materials can be accommodated, which are usually very practical because they are independent, they can be moved from one side to another with ease.
Bathroom furniture with drawers requires a space to open. The drawers must be accessible and should be placed at a height between 80 and 110 cm for greater comfort.
A subdivision or separation can also be added for more efficient storage. They are used to store accessories and personal care products, such as hair dryer, electric razor, etc.
Furniture with doors is multipurpose. The height of its installation determines the type of accessory that will be stored there (towels at the bottom, daily accessories at the users height, for example.
The hooks on the doors offer effective alternatives for hanging light, bulky and everyday products: cotton, makeup remover, etc.
Whether hanging or standing, straight or angled, low or high, bathroom shelves are usually offered between two and five shelves.
The column-type cabinet is compact, occupies optimal space and offers great storage capacity. It can be hanging or not, and it can have drawers, doors or open spaces, its configuration will be chosen according to the design of the bathroom. The lower compartment can be used to place the washing machine, while the upper part can be a storage space for toiletries. The bathroom column can be fixed to the wall for greater stability.
Cabinet for washbasin or under counter
The vanity unit can carry the built-in sink or it can simply be under the suspended sink. Its dimensions should not exceed the depth of the washbasin or sink. It can carry drawers, doors or shelves. It must allow access to the drain or siphon system.
Low furniture is often used for towels, bath mats, or toiletries. For this reason, no compartments are placed so that you have more available volume.
They can have different configurations: one or more doors or mirrors, drawers or shelves, lighting (with LED, halogen tube or light bulb). Of variable dimensions, it must be hung over the sink and is shallow.
The towel rails can be placed on the furniture doors or on the wall.
Suspended or hanging furniture
Suspended bathroom furniture frees up space and makes cleaning easy. They adapt very well to small bathrooms, their installation height depends on their format and the use made of them.
On the floor
This type of furniture occupies a space on the floor and, therefore, reduces the useful area. Small bathrooms will appear smaller still, so they are not recommended.
If it is equipped with wheels, and as long as it is sturdy, it can be used as a stool. Typically designed with one or two drawers, it can be housed in a corner or at the bottom of a piece of furniture.
Materials for bathroom furniture
The bathroom furniture can be made in different materials, from natural wood, MDF, melamine, rattan, wrought iron or glass. But the two main materials that stand out in the manufacture of bathroom furniture, are solid wood and composite materials slab. Composite materials allow for more modern and uncluttered shapes. Its price is also generally lower, however, its quality is lower and its manufacturing process has an impact on the environment.
Namely, natural wood is easier to handle than MDF. Aerated structures are more difficult to clean and the fragile nature of glass must be taken into account when choosing a shelf.
Materials that are easy to clean are recommended.
Solid wood furniture can be of different species, however, we observe that exotic woods predominate due to their intrinsic properties: ease of maintenance and resistance to rot. Most solid wood bathroom furniture is made from teak, eucalyptus, mahogany, or bamboo.
However, it is advisable to apply oil, lacquer or varnish on the wood, which will guarantee its protection.
Melamine or particle board
The bathroom furniture in melamine or chipboard are the most common and cheap. Made of wood particles glued under pressure and covered with laminate of different decorations: white, anthracite, walnut, beech, wenge, pine, etc. Melamine can be lacquered with a modern paint in colors like red, green, aluminum, etc. and have a glossy, metallic, satin or matte finish.
Care must be taken that they do not get too wet, as they can swell and lose their original shape.
It is a heavier and more resistant composite material than melamine. Made from wood fiber and a binder, MDF is subjected to high pressures and temperatures during its manufacture. Like melamine, MDF is covered with a decoration and most often lacquered. It is more expensive, it is used for better quality furniture.
The dimensions of the furniture depend on the available space and it is recommended not to oversize the furniture. Oversized furniture in a small bathroom is unattractive and gives a feeling of confinement.
Bathroom furniture maintenance
Bathroom furniture in composite materials, melamine or MDF, can be cleaned with a sponge or with a damp cloth and soapy water. Ammonia degreases the surfaces of these furniture well.
Exotic wood furniture such as teak can be cleaned with water and a brush. If the wood is really stained, you can sand it lightly and then reapply oil.
On both natural wood and composite materials, do not use harsh products and be sure to rinse well after cleaning.
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