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Defying moisture: Solid wood furniture in the bathroom

14-Feb-2019

Solid wood furniture in the bathroom

Nowadays, bathrooms are more akin to wellness areas, where wooden furniture is an excellent choice. Photo: IPM/Voglauer

Furniture made of solid wood creates a cosy, homely atmosphere – and not just in living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens: it also looks great in bathrooms. However, frequent fluctuations in temperature and humidity here result in a room climate that is not necessarily advantageous to solid wood furniture. To enable it to withstand humidity, the surfaces should be treated with an environmentally friendly water-based varnish. “With special surface coatings, objects made of natural wood are ideal furniture, especially in rooms where there is high humidity. And at the same time, they provide a feel-good atmosphere,” says Peter Grünwald, General Manager of furniture company Voglauer and member of the “Initiative Pro Massivholz” (IPM, initiative to promote solid wood), knowledgeably.

Just like the kitchen before it, the bathroom is increasingly transforming from a functional room into a living space seeking to radiate a cosy ambience. In addition to accessories such as rugs and armchairs, solid wood furniture also creates a feeling of warmth and has a calming effect on the observer: a characteristic that can also be tapped into in the bathroom.

The quality of the furnishings plays a particularly important role, especially in damp rooms. In the bathroom, washbasins, console tables, base units, shelves and storage racks should be as waterproof, temperature-resistant and easy to clean as possible. Furniture made of solid wood that has been treated appropriately has no problem in meeting these requirements. “In addition, certification with the independent, Austrian Ecolabel verifies the quality of our solid wood furniture as well as the way we treat people and nature,” says Grünwald. He concludes by adding: “If a bathroom is regularly ventilated and properly heated, the furniture can withstand permanently high levels of humidity, water vapour and spray. A protective treatment using natural varnishes, oils or waxes is a prerequisite.”