Elegant wood cabinetry is a popular trend in bathroom remodeling. Properly constructed and finished wooden drawers, cabinets, shelves, vanities, and wardrobes will not only provide stylish “furniture” for your bathroom, but also provide much needed storage space. Fine wooden cabinetry can be added to any bathroom, not just new bathrooms. A professional contractor can measure the spaces in our old bathroom and design custom wooden cabinets and other woodworking details to make your bathroom a luxurious room in your home.
One concern that many people have before adding custom wood items to their bathroom is that the wood may not hold up long under the severely humid conditions of a bathroom, particularly resulting from the use of hot showers. However, with a proper construction and finish, any cabinet, shelving, etc. made of wood will last for many years to come, no matter the extreme level of humidity. A good contractor will construct these pieces for your bathroom by first coating the pieces with a finish to help “weather-proof” them. Some contractors use a polyurethane finish to do this but other types of finishes can work well, too. Both the outside and inside parts of the piece being constructed should be carefully coated in the finish.
For those concerned that a good coating of weather-proofing finish is not enough, have the cabinetry in your bathroom constructed from a wood that does well in severe weather conditions – such as teak. Teak is a tropical hardwood that is pretty resistant to rot. It typically does not need to be polished and is very durable. Ipe and Australian jarrah are also weather resistant woods that could provide more durability in a humid bathroom environment. Ipe, an Brazilian walnut, is so durable, that it is even fire resistant. It is typically used for decks and siding on the outside of homes. Australian Jarrah is a heavy wood that is termite resistant. It is used frequently for outdoor furniture and construction. Although they are frequently used for outdoor purposes, both types of wood are beautiful enough to use to construct furniture for your posh master bath.
When you first meet with your bathroom contractor, keep all of this in mind and discuss the types of woods and finishes that can be used in the construction and installation of your new bathroom cabinetry.