The Bathroom Furniture Buyers Guide
If you're thinking about replacing your bathroom, you can easily spend hours If you’re not sure how to store your bathroom essentials in style, you’ve come to the right place.
In this post, we’ll discuss the considerations you should make before buying bathroom furniture such as your budget, storage needs, and the space available. It might be easy to get carried away with the look and design of a piece of furniture but just because it looks nice it doesn’t mean it will be suitable for your bathroom.
Keep to reading to find out which type of bathroom furniture is best for you.
Knowing your bathroom storage needs is a good place to start. Do you need somewhere to store spare towels and toilet rolls? Somewhere to hide your shampoo and shower creams? Or perhaps a cabinet to keep your makeup?
Now is also the time to decide if you want everything hidden away or out on display. Storage with drawers or cupboards are perfect for hiding everything away, while cabinets with exposed shelves or cubby holes are perfect for displaying aesthetically pleasing items such as perfume bottles or house plants.
Don’t forget to consider the positioning of the furniture in relation to other items such as the bath, basin, and toilet too. If you have a large bathroom you don’t want to be storing toilet rolls on the opposite side of the room to the toilet or storing clean towels in an exposed shelf right next to a potential bath or shower splash zone.
Know your space
Taking the time to measure the available space in your bathroom is essential. No one wants to buy a piece of furniture just to find it doesn’t fit when they get it home.
If you’re struggling with the width of your bathroom and spare wall space, then a tall bathroom cabinet or wall-hung mirror cabinet might be the solution to your bathroom storage issues.
Tall and thin bathroom storage cabinets can maximise space without making the room feel claustrophobic and cluttered. On the other hand, mirror cabinets provide storage space as well as a handy mirror for shaving or applying makeup, etc.
Bathroom furniture can be found no matter your budget. From basic flat pack to high-end real wood pieces. You can also find vintage used pieces, perfect for upcycling.
Upcycling is a great option if you’re looking to create a high-end look on a limited budget. While you may not be able to afford that solid wood vanity unit you’ve been looking at for months, it’s possible to find gorgeous second-hand pieces online or in charity shops. An upcycled vanity unit paired with an elegant countertop basin can create a wonderful long-lasting feature in your bathroom.
If you’re budget is on the smaller side, there are plenty of gorgeous easy flat-pack cabinets or vanity units to choose from. You’ll find options from as little as £40.
Bathroom furniture doesn’t just have to be practical; it can be a beautiful eye-catching feature too. First, you need to consider if you want everything to be stored away out of sight or whether you would like some items to be on show, or easy to access.
For example, everyday items such as soap dispensers and toothbrushes might not be aesthetically pleasing by are items you need easy access to. Therefore, you could consider vanity units or storage cabinets with shelves, keeping these items from cluttering your basin while keeping them at hand.
Bathroom mirror cabinets on the other hand are perfect for storing items such as makeup and first aid items. The mirror can also be handy for applying makeup or shaving.
However, for items such as toilet brushes, spare toilet rolls and spare towels, a tall bathroom cabinet is a good option as it can be positioned right next to the toilet for easy access.
When choosing bathroom furniture, it’s a good idea to consider how long you intend to keep it and who will be using it. For example, if it’s going to live in a family bathroom, you’ll need to think about the potential water splashes from children playing in the bath or even just from a shower. If the unit is likely to get wet, try to choose furniture that has doors or drawers instead of shelves or cubby holes to prevent things from getting damp.
Plywood and MDF and generally the most used woods for bathroom furniture due to their durability but you should still take care to prevent regular water build-up and wipe any puddles or splashes away as soon as possible. Hardwood on the other hand isn’t usually suitable for damp environments as it can take in moisture making the unit more likely to develop mould and expansion issues.
In conclusion, when choosing the best type of furniture for your bathroom don’t rush into it purely on looks. Take the time to consider your storage needs and the space available. If you take these areas into consideration, you’re well on your way to finding your dream bathroom storage.
If you're looking for further advice on bathroom storage solutions take a look at our following guides - Design Inspiration: Bathroom Storage Ideas - Vanity Unit Buying Guide - What are the Different Types of Bathroom Mirror
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