Bathroom furniture is essential for storing towels and toiletries. They can be found from cheap options to custom-designed furniture. Here are some tips for choosing the perfect furniture for your bathroom.
Furniture ergonomics must be designed to serve the need. They should be chosen according to the space available, 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.
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 a toothbrush, comb and hairbrush, etc. They are installed at the user’s height to facilitate access.
Cloth boxes or other materials can be accommodated on shelves and other open furniture, which are usually very practical because they are independent, they can be moved from one side to the other with ease.
Bathroom cabinets with drawers require space for opening. The drawers must be accessible and should be placed at a height between 80 and 110 cm for greater comfort.
A subdivision or partition can also be added for more efficient storage. They are used to store accessories and personal care products, such as a hair dryer, electric shaver, etc.
Furniture with doors is 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 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 offering between two and five shelves.
The column cabinet is compact, occupies optimum 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 bottom compartment can be used to store the washing machine, while the top can be a storage space for toiletries. The bathroom column can be fixed to the wall for greater stability.
Vanity unit or under counter
The vanity unit can carry the built-in sink or it can simply be under the wall-hung sink. Its dimensions should not exceed the depth of the sink or sink. It can have 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, compartments are not 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 above the sink and is shallow.
Towel rails can be placed on 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 it.
On the floor
This type of furniture occupies a floor space and therefore reduces the useful area. Small bathrooms will seem even smaller, so they are not recommended.
If it is equipped with wheels, and, as long as it is strong, 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 cabinet.
Materials for bathroom furniture
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. Composite materials allow for 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 glass must be taken into account in choosing a shelf.
Materials that are easy to clean are recommended.
Solid wood furniture can be of different species, however, we note that exotic woods predominate for 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
Melamine or chipboard bathroom furniture is the most common and cheapest. Made with pressure-glued wood particles and covered with laminate of different decorations: white, anthracite, walnut, beech, wenge, pine, etc. The melamine can be lacquered with a modern paint in colors such as red, green, aluminum, etc. and have a shiny, 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 of wood fiber and a binder, MDF is subjected to high pressures and temperatures in its manufacture. Like melamine, MDF is covered with a decoration and most of the time lacquered. It is more expensive, it is used for better quality furniture.
The dimensions of the furniture depend on the space available and it is recommended not to oversize the furniture. Furniture that is too large in a small bathroom is not attractive and gives a feeling of confinement.
Maintenance of bathroom furniture
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 like teak can be cleaned with water and a brush. If the wood is really stained, you can lightly sand it and then reapply oil.
Both in natural wood and in composite materials, do not use aggressive products and make sure to rinse well after cleaning.