Bathroom furniture is essential for storing towels and toiletries. They can be found from cheap options to custom design furniture. Here you will find some tips to choose the perfect furniture for your bathroom designs.
The ergonomics of the furniture must be designed to meet the need. They must be chosen according to the available space, the need for storage and the configuration of the bathroom. 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 bathroom furniture
- 2 Bathroom furniture with drawers
- 3 Bathroom furniture with doors
- 4 Bathroom Shelves
- 5 Bathroom column cabinet
- 6 Washbasin cabinet or undercounter
- 7 Mirrored cabinets
- 8 Towel rails
- 9 Suspended or hanging furniture
- 10 On the floor
- 11 Materials for bathroom furniture
Open bathroom furniture has no doors or drawers. For this reason they are especially suitable for storing products that are used several times a day, such as toothbrush, comb and hairbrush, etc. They are installed at the user’s height to facilitate access.
In the shelves and other open furniture you can accommodate boxes of fabric or other materials, 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 for opening. The drawers must be accessible and should be placed at a height between 80 and 110 cm for comfort.
You can also add a subdivision or separation for more efficient storage. They are used to store accessories and personal care products, such as the hair dryer, electric shaver, etc.
Furniture with doors are multipurpose. The height of your installation determines the type of accessory that will be stored there (towels at the bottom, daily accessories at the user’s height, for example.
The hooks on the doors offer effective alternatives to hang light, bulky and everyday products: cotton, make-up 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 furniture is compact, occupies an optimal space and offers large 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 column of the bathroom can be fixed to the wall for greater stability.
The vanity unit can carry the built-in washbasin or it can simply be under the suspended washbasin. Its dimensions must not exceed the depth of the sink or sink. You can carry drawers, doors or shelves. It must allow access to the drainage system or siphon.
Low furniture is often used for towels, bath mats or toiletries. For this reason, compartments are not placed so that it has more volume available.
They can have different configurations: one or several doors or mirrors, drawers or shelves, lighting (with LED, halogen tube or bulb). Of varying dimensions, it should be hung over the sink and is shallow.
The towel rails can be placed on the furniture doors or on the wall.
Suspended bathroom furniture free space and facilitate cleaning. They adapt very well to small bathrooms, their installation height depends on their format and the use made of it.
On the floor
This type of furniture occupies a space on the floor and, therefore, reduces the useful area. Small bathrooms will look even smaller, so they are not recommended.
If equipped with wheels, and, provided it is sturdy, it can be used as a stool. Usually, 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
Bathroom furniture can be made of 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 more modern and clear 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 the 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 of 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
Bathroom furniture in melamine or chipboard are the most common and cheap. Made with particles of wood 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 such as red, green, aluminum, etc. and have a glossy, metallic, satin or matte finish.
Some care must be taken not to get too wet, as they can swell and lose their original shape.
It is a heavier and stronger composite material than melamine. Made of wood fiber and a binder, the MDF is subjected to high pressure and temperature manufacturing. Like melamine, the 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. Too large furniture in a small bathroom is not attractive and gives a sense 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 this furniture well.
Exotic wood furniture such as teak can be cleaned with water and with a brush. If the wood is really stained, you can sand it lightly and then reapply oil.
In both natural wood and composite materials, do not use aggressive products and be sure to rinse thoroughly after cleaning.