Arranging your Bathroom Furniture

Arranging your Bathroom Furniture

When organising a newly renovated bathroom, it is important to consider how the bathroom furniture will be placed, as this greatly affects the appearance and practicality of the room.

The first thing to think about is storage availability in the room. Items such as cleaning products, soaps, shampoo, towels and other toiletries need to be stored safely and preferably in an aesthetically pleasing way. A mirrored bathroom cabinet is often a useful piece of bathroom furniture, as you can store most of the smaller toiletries in here. Cabinets beneath the sink can also be help for larger items such as towels. Open shelves can look good as well; they add a rustic, or shabby chic feel to the bathroom.

It is often a good idea to organise the placement of bathroom furniture alongside the installation of the lighting. In this way, you can highlight certain statement pieces of furniture with a spotlight effect and diminish the appearance of other less stylish pieces by keeping them in dim lit corners of the bathroom. Natural light will make any furniture look better, so if it is feasible, it really is best to have as much natural light as possible; if it is an upstairs bathroom, then consider having a skylight installed.

Of course, the arrangement of bathroom furniture also depends on the plumbing system of the room in question. If a total renovation is taking place, then the placement of items such as the bath and toilet can be decided with more care; many people nowadays love to have the bath as the central feature of the room and so place it in the centre. Free standing baths in the middle of the room certainly add a touch of luxury to the space.

When selecting the materials for bathroom flooring and furniture, make sure that it is at least water resistant; this will save a lot of time, money and effort down the line. Pieces of furniture that are not water resistant may look fantastic, but they will start to rot after a few years. If using hardwood and stone flooring, ensure that it is sealed correctly. Try installing teak wood, as this particular type is particularly resistant to water damage.

In smaller bathrooms, consider slightly less conventional pieces of furniture so that the space you have is optimized. For instance, using a pedestal sink instead of large, built in one will look wonderful and free up some of the surrounding space. Avoid obvious blunders when arranging the furniture of your bathroom; for example, make sure that there are no pieces that block the door to the room. It often happens in small bathrooms that the door ends up bumping against the sink or cabinets when it is opened. If the bathroom is very modestly sized, then consider a sliding door instead of a standard one, as this will prevent the door scraping against anything inside the bathroom. These are quite inexpensive to install and will save you the stress of squeezing into the room each time you need to use it.