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Basic principles for choosing bathroom furniture
The process of choosing furniture and accessories for the bathroom is a rather complicated and responsible task. This is explained by the specific features of this room. The complexity is dictated by two significant points:
a fairly small room should be as comfortable and functional as possible;
high humidity, which characterizes bathrooms, dictates specific requirements for furniture and accessories.
Fundamental advice when choosing furniture for the bathroom: buy narrowly focused furniture designed exclusively for bathrooms. This is explained by the fact that during its manufacture protection from the effects of a specific unfavorable environment is provided – high humidity, coupled with high temperature and vapors of various detergents.
What should you pay attention to when choosing bathroom furniture?
The purchase of bathroom furniture is usually started after all plumbing fixtures have already been installed, the overall design concept of the room has already been developed and partially implemented by plumbing. As for the design solution of the furniture itself, it does not radically differ, regardless of the manufacturer. This is explained primarily by the specifics of the premises and its narrow functional focus. Therefore, when buying, first of all, you need to pay attention to the operational characteristics of the material of manufacture and the tactical and pragmatic characteristics of the product itself – the design solution, the reliability of the mechanisms, the quality of the external and internal coating. Only after you determine the degree of reliability of bathroom furniture from a particular manufacturer, you can start choosing products of the desired model and color range.
Overview of the most popular materials.
Tree. For some styles, it would seem an indispensable material. Especially ideal from the point of view of environmental cleanliness. However, wood in conditions of high humidity and temperature changes quickly warps, deforms and delaminates. Therefore, wooden furniture can only be used in very large rooms with excellent ventilation. Alas, most of the bathrooms of our fellow citizens do not meet these characteristics.
Chipboard and MDF. Most often, bathroom furniture is made from these materials. To enhance the performance, all its elements are covered with a special protective coating, which ensures high water resistance of products.
Plastic. This is a cheap and lightweight material that is not afraid of moisture, easily taking any shape. Due to these characteristics, plastic products are easy to manufacture, which ensures their low cost. Another advantage of this material is a huge color palette. However, the reliability, durability and strength of plastic products are very low. Therefore, various bathroom accessories are most often made from it, and much less often – full-fledged furniture.
Metal and glass. These materials are ideal in terms of their performance characteristics. However, a significant limiter is the high price of tempered glass and metal products. In addition, furniture made from these materials is characterized by a very peculiar style, which not everyone likes.
Here are the general characteristics of the materials used. The choice is yours.
An important aspect that affects the quality of bathroom furniture is the surface finish.
It could be:
Enamel, like varnish, is resistant to abrasion, is a reliable and durable protection for furniture. It is characterized by a large range of colors that allows you to create certain patterns. Reasonably priced enough.
Veneer is a thin piece of wood used to cover furniture. Lacquered veneer is quite moisture resistant, which is why it is widely used to cover bathroom furniture. If such furniture meets your aspirations, pay attention to the joints when buying – they must be well processed.
Acrylic sheet used for furniture cladding gives it sophistication at a budget price of the product. However, its serious disadvantage is the ease of scratching the surface. When buying, you need to pay attention to the joints, which must be treated with varnish or liquid acrylic, which turns them into a solid and smooth surface.
Self-adhesive film is the cheapest and poor quality coating. Due to the rich color palette, furniture covered with a film looks very attractive, however, under the influence of moisture, the film will peel off very soon. Therefore, the desire to save money when buying bathroom furniture will result in the failure of furniture products and the loss of money.
The easiest way to evaluate quality and reliability
When choosing bathroom furniture, first of all, you should pay attention to the mechanisms and fixtures used. Initially, you need to check the holes and recesses for them.