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Bathroom furniture: Which one is best for me?

Today, people are looking for bathroom furniture to fit in with the rest of the house, which should not be difficult given today's extensive offer.

With designs that opt for new finishes and internal organizers designed to make the most of their storage capacity, the common feature of today's bathroom furniture collections is their greater versatility compared to their predecessors, which translates into a full range of sizes, colors, and accessories that adapt to all kinds of spaces and needs. In addition, the modular series continues to offer more efficient solutions, while mirrors with cabinets are experiencing a new boom thanks to LED lighting and tactile openings.

A style more in keeping with the rest of the house. The protagonists of the courtesy area, the furniture pieces follow the design trends that set the aesthetics of the rest of the house but with the added factor of its unique requirements of strength and functionality. The refined and minimalist forms are combined with a mostly suspended installation and integrated lighting. This creates visually lighter compositions, is more practical to clean, and is better protected against humidity.

It is adapted to the space. Without saturating a space that is often smaller than we would like, Optimizing storage capacity is the main challenge facing bathroom furniture. The most common option is to use under-basin cabinets, which take advantage of all the space under the sink and offer a generous interior capacity. To lighten the impact of a piece of furniture that can become heavy in small spaces, experts advise choosing them in light colors, clean shapes, and, whenever our needs allow, combining closed areas or drawers with open areas.

Good materials. Although bathroom furniture composition is usually chipboard or MDF with water-repellent properties, the finishes are varied. They range from natural wood veneers, mainly in matte finishes and with veins or knots little marked, to synthetic laminates of melamine or PVC, which can mimic all kinds of smooth or textured designs.

Some of the highest quality materials in demand today are lacquered, both matt and glossy, and other more technical ones such as tempered glass or the new composites made from mineral fillers agglomerated with resins, known as solid surfaces. The choice of one or the other will depend on the style of the bathroom, and our tastes since all of them offer excellent performance in humid environments.

A question of measurements. Before choosing furniture for our bathroom, it is convenient to take measures that include the width of the space where it will go. In addition, it should be easy to open and close without obstructing other elements with doors or drawers.

Most manufacturers offer different sizes of modules in their furniture series. However, the most common are 60 to 100 cm wide, with a depth generally 45 cm (there are also smaller and more significant to suit all needs). The height of the bathroom furniture is essential in the case of suspended pieces, which are becoming more and more common, and the standard will be that it should adapt comfortably to the height of its users.

Modular compositions. Modular furniture programs are ideal for expanding storage capacity in larger bathrooms or even when the vanity area shares space with the bedroom. Along with vanity cabinets of different sizes and designs, wall-mounted columns, shelves, and auxiliary units are included to create more coordinated settings. Special mention should be made of the modules with strategies designed to develop compositions as broad as desired, such as this one from the Subway series by Villeroy & Boch. Their nail-type handles coincide to give the impression that it is a single piece.

Mobile elements. An alternative to conventional furniture is auxiliary modules, such as trolleys, drawer units with wheels, and pull-out or swivel columns; there are even floor-to-ceiling mirrors on one side with shelves on the other. All these elements take up less space than conventional cabinets and are also more versatile. But it is worth knowing that they fit better in youthful bathrooms or informal aesthetics.

Built-in. Replacing the conventional bathroom furniture with a masonry structure covered in the same material as the walls, such as the one in the image, results in an integrated and harmonious ensemble that does not clutter the space and is easy to clean maintain. However, it is advisable to complete this type of proposal with boxes or baskets that allow us to organize the more minor elements, protect them from humidity and help us to optimize the space.

Everything is in view. Full-extension drawers with soft-close drawers and pull-out columns allow convenient access to every last corner of the cabinet, even in tight spaces, which is why they are so prevalent in today's bathrooms compared to the classic hinged-door cabinets. The ideal is to combine larger drawers for towels and larger utensils with smaller drawers and compartments for cosmetics and toiletries. Some of the latest proposals include solutions such as the sliding and illuminated tray under the sink of this cabinet, which offers a convenient auxiliary surface for daily hygiene, or pull-out compartments, which allow us to take what we need to a dressing table or bedroom if desired.

Two in one. Finally, replacing the conventional mirror with an integrated cabinet is a very effective way of multiplying storage space by taking advantage of the walls. With a depth of 10 cm, the new designs also feature integrated lighting and sockets, practical anti-fogging systems, shelves, and accessories to make daily hygiene more convenient.

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