Why furniture tops the popularity charts

Why furniture tops the popularity charts

Furniture has become a vital design element in the British bathroom adding colour and practical storage space. The first bathroom furniture to appear in the UK was completely fitted – just like a kitchen – but today’s designs are lighter and more adaptable with a move to individual pieces.

Key elements of the modern urban bathroom are furniture, wall hung or back to wall sanitaryware, or surface mounted basins in interesting shapes. The basin and pedestal are, if not dead, on life support. Console basins in fine fireclay, like VitrA’s cerafine range, allow for a thinner edge than traditional vitreous chinaware, come in interesting shapes and can sit on a console shelf or on a furniture unit and are combined with wall or surface mounted mixer taps. There is also a growing selection of large one-piece mineralcast basins for use with furniture.

Furniture has become an essential element in the bathroom. As in the best luxury hotel bathrooms, the look centres on the basin area with cleverly organised storage for cosmetics and a well-lit mirror or mirror cabinet above. Simple tall and mid height wall hung cabinets give extra space for toiletries, towels, and cleaning products. Finishes feature the latest high-performance foils from the furniture industry in moody greys, silver oak, natural wood veneers and anthracite. Pale pastels have been replaced with white and cream, generally favoured where a bright, light, and spacious look is desired.

Furniture also offers a ‘put down’ space for attractive toiletries or for plants (currently hailed as the must have feature in bathrooms). Ceramic or mineral cast basins made in one piece and set into a large surface area are a one stop top design for vanity units. Alternatively inset or semi inset basins can be set into natural or engineered stone tops.

Today’s manufacturers look at the bathroom as a whole so every range includes furniture and complementary sanitaryware . For consumers the addition of furniture lifts the bathroom from ordinary to special, and for retailers it offers the opportunity to make an enhanced ticket sale.

Margaret Talbot

VitrA Marketing Manager


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