Choosing bathroom furniture? Think of the aesthetic and practical side
November 6, 2019
The furniture in your bathroom determines half the atmosphere, style and charisma of the room. But not only the eye wants something: also the practical side is very important. In function of this, we look at what you should take into account when choosing your bathroom furniture.
Use of space
The bathroom space is usually quite limited. Choosing furniture is therefore a matter of practical thinking. For inspiration, you can go to a specialty store. You will also find out about the furnishing options tailored to your space and budget.
Keep some concrete information in mind:
- How many people use the bathroom?
- How many people are (sometimes) in the bathroom at the same time?
- What do you all need storage space for and how many? Details sometimes make a world of difference. Just think of tambour doors, extra high cabinets or wall cabinets that leave the floor free.
In a small bathroom you have to think functionally. Here are a few tips:
- Large mirrors visually enlarge the space.
- Provide transparency by using glass walls. Just think of a glass shower wall.
- Choose smart storage spaces, such as high column cabinets.
- Large tiles give a wider view than mosaic.
- Use shelves and hanging cabinets to keep the floor free.
Bathroom furniture is usually modular and available from a width of 50 or 60 cm. Generally, the washbasin, washbasin top, mirror, light strip and storage space (base cabinet, column cabinets) are integrated into one piece of furniture. You can buy such a piece of furniture as standard or assemble it yourself.
Some of the usual dimensions:
- Column cabinets: depth 34 cm and width 40 or 60 cm.
- Washbasin top: depth 60 cm.
- Single washbasin: minimum width 60 cm, but preferably 80 to 90 cm.
- Two washbasins: minimum width 120 cm, but preferably 130 cm or more.
- Washbasin top: Usually 80 to 90 cm distance between the floor and the top of the top. First check by means of a test set-up that the top is at a comfortable height for all members of the family and only then proceed with the final installation.
- Space-saving arrangements such as corner combinations are particularly interesting for small bathrooms.
Your bathroom furniture can consist of different materials, such as wood, plastic, glass and stainless steel. Usually wood-based materials are used, especially chipboard or mdf.
- Chipboard is an adhesive bonded wood fibreboard, usually finished with a thin melamine or laminate layer. Among other things, density and homogeneity of wood fibres determine quality.
- Mdf (Medium Density Fibreboard): more qualitative than chipboard and more resistant to moisture. Has uniform density over the entire thickness of the board. More finishing possibilities thanks to its smooth surface and high density (lacquered cabinets, veneer cabinets, foil cabinets, etc.).
- Possible alternative is hdf (High Density Fibreboard): has an even higher density.
- Also increasing demand for bathroom furniture made of hardwood.