Recommended Materials: Pros and Cons
Wood. This is a rather capricious material for use in wet rooms, but with the right treatment and moisture resistant coatings, it is often used in practice. Thus, due to their strength and resistance to deformation, oak, larch, and beech are popular for the production of furniture for the bathroom. Of the less common breeds, you can safely choose teak, rosewood, and Merbau.
Advantages of the material: a slice of wood has an interesting, unique pattern that allows you to create very beautiful furniture. Warm tones of wood make the bathroom cozy and comfortable. A wide variety of natural shades. Due to its high density, oak, larch, and beech are able to give a decent rebuff to moisture: they do not rot, they are moisture-resistant, they are not deformed.
Cons of the material: quite a high price.
Chipboard. The laminated chipboard is popular for the manufacture of cabinets and facades of bathroom furniture. Sawdust is “bound” with resins, impregnated with paraffin and coated with a decorative layer – melamine resin. It turns out good material at an affordable price.
Material advantages: a wide variety of colors and textures. Resistance to thermal and mechanical influences. Durability and simplicity in leaving. It holds fasteners well, which contributes to durability.
Cons of the material: formaldehyde resin content.
MDF. The fine fraction of wood, or, more precisely, medium-density fiberboard. Used for the manufacture of convex facades, allows you to design complex shapes. It is covered with acrylic, varnish, paint, veneer or laminate. The last coating gives the surface a matte, glossy or textured effect.
Material advantages: the absence of harmful components in the composition. It is captured by natural binders (compound using cells of vascular plants and paraffin). Only from MDF can convex facades be created.
Cons of the material: significantly more expensive than the chipboard.
Next, we list the least popular materials:
Metal. All-metal furniture is rather an exceptional case. Stainless steel or cast iron is often used to produce individual furniture items.
Pros: as decorative elements, it goes well with wooden furniture.
Cons: Careful anti-corrosion treatment is important. It is not recommended to make furniture completely out of metal.
Plastic. Used for the manufacture of both solid models and individual inserts, furniture elements. This is the cheapest option, but the easiest to install.
Pros: a wide selection of shapes and colors, moisture resistance.
Cons: short service life, fragility.
Fake diamond. Usually used to make sinks and countertops.
Pluses: simplicity in leaving, durability, respectable appearance.
Cons: quite a high price; for an amateur.
All edges of furniture panels should be treated with a special moisture-resistant coating, otherwise, in unprotected places the furniture will quickly begin to deteriorate and deform.
Custom furniture or finished? Pros and Cons
The advantages of custom-made furniture: you create a unique interior, the atmosphere that is most comfortable for you. You can think together with the manufacturer of the best option for the price, size, and design – to independently choose the material for each piece of furniture, equip it with the necessary functions. There will be nothing superfluous and disturbing in the room.
Cons: an individual order will be more expensive compared to a finished purchase, in addition, you will have to be patient for the time of design and manufacture.
The advantages of finished furniture: first of all, it saves time. You can immediately remove your favorite headset from a warehouse or a store or wait for the delivery to a specific address. Manufacturers have already thought out the functionality of each item – you just have to make a choice.
Cons: limited range. Sometimes it is necessary to choose the location in the room, based on the size of the finished furniture, not taking into account your own preferences.