Fitted Furniture

An increasingly popular option for increasing storage in bathrooms is fitted furniture. Much like you’d find in your kitchen, fitted bathrooms produce a clean, uncluttered appearance, with a worktop, plenty of storage space and matching units. An additional benefit is that the void underneath the furniture run (behind the plinth) can conceal a vast amount of unsightly pipework.  It is a range of furniture that can be installed into pretty much any width and can be seamlessly wall to wall with the use of filler panels (cut to size panels the same finish as the doors) and worktop lengths and plinths that can be trimmed to the exact required length. 

The selection of different width units range from a variety of base units (including toilet, basin and door or drawer storage cupboards)  , tall column units (full height floor storage cupboard) and wall units(including wall cupboards and mirror cabinets). There are most commonly two depths which are standard depth, and slim line (more suited to rooms where floor space is minimal as there shorter depth project less into the room but reduced storage space is the compromise). Although some suppliers also offer extra deep units more suited to vessel bowls etc.

There are a huge selection of door styles and colours from the modern flat slab to the classic framed shaker styled door. You can also pick from a variety of different handles and knobs. The ceramics to fit on these units are usually universal/interchangeable and would need to be a semi-counter basin and a wall hung or back to wall toilet pan. There are plenty of different style ceramics to compliment the door style.

Worktops can also be a important feature with lots of different materials and colours. Laminate worktops are relativity cost effective solution with a wood base and an image with a waterproof layer over the top. These are very easy to cut but need an edging strip on showing ends. Another popular alternative are solid surface worktops. These are made of natural minerals and plastics and are the same material all the way through. They are completely waterproof and are stronger and more scratch and stain resistant. You don't need any special tools to cut them and and cut edges can be sanded then polished for a quality finish. Any damage or scratches can be polished out so they should be long lasting. There are some of these solid worktops with basins integrated into them which means no silicone joints between the basin and top leaving a minimalist finish.

Modular Furniture

Adding furniture to a bathroom can create all kinds of advantages, from creating a coordinated and stylish look to adding much need storage. Modular furniture products are stand alone pieces which you would normally pick in a matching style/finish. Usually the pieces available include basin units (either wall or floor standing), toilet units, and  storage units (either wall or floor standing) such as tallboys or wall columns.

The furniture is usually made of a wood fibreboard with a moisture resistant paint or wrap finish. A few high end versions are made of solid real wood and some can have metal drawer fronts for added longevity.

Drawers normally cost more than doors but have the benefit of top access which is great for keeping things organised and meaning that nothing is lost to the back of the cupboard. If you are considering wall mounted you need to make sure the wall is strong enough (metal basin frames are available for stud walls) and that the waste can run directly out the wall below the basin. Space saving traps are available to fit into the units below the basin so that more storage space is left and the pipe work does not take up as much room. Some ranges have additional lights to fit into the unit to make viewing the contents easier and why not consider a light underneath if it is wall hung as this can give some fantastic mood lighting.

Toilet units usually have a top and front access panel for maintenance as well as a useful shelf on the top.

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