Fitted Bathroom Furniture
Fitted furniture can be used to add a large amount of extra storage capacity to any sized bathroom.
You can limit the amount fitted to just one or two base units or you could install furniture along the whole length of one or more walls. The shape and layout of the room can affect which units will fit the room to the best effect.
Fitted bathroom furniture is modular in design and most manufacturers provide a wide range of shapes and sizes to make sure the units maximise the available space. The following diagram illustrates a typical installation for bathroom furniture where the components are fitted right across one wall of the room.
The modular units that make up the installation shown above include (left to right, top to bottom):
- bridging panel
- tall cupboard unit
- single wall unit
- double wall unit
- bridging panel
- 4 drawer unit
- vanity unit
- wc unit
- continuous plinth
With the bathroom furniture fitted across one wall a large amount of storage space is gained without taking up too much floor space. In a small bathroom it would be advisable to select a light finish for the doors of the units to keep the furniture from being too imposing (darker colours will tend to make the room feel smaller). In a larger bathroom the colour choice is less critical - in fact a darker colour can provide visual interest and make a feature of the wall onto which the units are fitted. The units do not have to be installed on just one wall but too many units can make the bathroom design look a little "overdone".
There are many components required to make up a typical installation so you need to very careful in planning out the bathroom. As well as the units themselves there are items that need to be taken into consideration including handles, plinths, countertops, cornices etc. Most bathroom showrooms offer a design service which can prove to be a great help in ensuring you end up with everything you need for the installation - many showrooms also offer an installation service.
The cost of fitted bathroom furniture can mount up quite quickly as many individual items are required for the finished job. The sanitaryware required to for use with the units can also be more expensive than standard items. Back to wall toilet pans, back to wall bidets and semi-recessed vanity basins are required if they are to be fitted into the furniture and these tend to cost more than a close coupled toilet or basin and pedestal. Money could be saved by fitting a standard bathroom suite against three walls and fitting plain units onto the fourth wall (i.e. just cupboards with no basin or toilet units). This would also negate the need to purchase matching bath panels and toilet seat as the bathroom suite would be by design less integrated with the fitted furniture.