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Our Guide to the Best Bathroom Vanity Materials

POSTED ON Tuesday, February 20, 2024 IN Bathroom

Explore bathroom vanity materials with us as we discuss the advantages of each and what materials are most popular.

Alden natural wood bathroom vanityShown Above | Style: Alden | Wood: Hickory | Color/Finish: Driftwood

Your bathroom vanity is not just a functional fixture; it's a statement piece that merges beauty with utility. With our expertise in artisanal craftsmanship and dedication to quality, we'll help you explore the most popular materials, their pros and cons, and ultimately, help you discover the best bathroom vanity material for your unique space. In this post, we'll be your guide to navigating the world of bathroom vanity materials. 

Material Options for Bathroom Vanity

A bathroom vanity comprises two main components, a vanity top and a base cabinet. For this article, we’ll be discussing materials for the base cabinet portion of bathroom vanities, but you can delve into bathroom vanity tops here. Bathroom vanities can be exposed to different environments, especially in highly used main bathrooms where family members shower or bathe. We believe in using sturdy, well-made materials to stand up to humidity. Bertch vanities are available in both natural hardwoods and foils in a variety of colors and styles. 

Natural Wood Bathroom Vanities

The most popular bathroom vanity material is natural wood. Natural wood offers unmatched beauty and functionality. If you’re looking for a modern style, we’re seeing more designers and homeowners pair light wood bathroom vanities with light colors and other natural textures to create a unique look. 

Although each wood species has its own unique characteristics and aesthetics, we typically use popular hardwood varieties including Walnut, Oak, and Birch.

Advantages of Solid Wood Bathroom Vanities

  • Rich array of colors and grain patterns
  • Solid wood is durable and versatile
  • Easily customized to suit your preferences

Despite the maintenance requirements, many homeowners opt for natural wood vanities for their unparalleled beauty and durability.

Interlude Walnut Bathroom Vanity
Shown Above | Style: Interlude | Wood/Material: Walnut | Color/Finish: Dawn

MDF Bathroom Vanities

Engineered wood, such as medium-density fiberboard (MDF), offers a more budget-friendly option without compromising on quality. These foil materials used to finish MDF vanities are engineered to be resistant to moisture, making them ideal for bathroom environments. MDF vanities are available in several color options including some that give you the look and feel of real wood.

Advantages of MDF Bathroom Vanities

  • Affordable alternative to solid wood
  • Durable and resistant to warping, cracking, and twisting over time
  • Smooth and uniform surface for finishes 

Homeowners seeking a balance between affordability and durability often opt for engineered wood vanities.
Sullivan Midnight Matte Bathroom VanityShown Above | Style: Sullivan | Wood/Material: MDF | Color/Finish: Midnight Matte

Natural Wood vs MDF - Which Is Best For You?

When deciding between natural wood and MDF (Medium-Density Fiberboard) for your bathroom vanity, several factors come into play. First, consider your budget and desired aesthetic. Natural wood exudes warmth and character, offering a timeless appeal that can elevate the overall ambiance of your bathroom. However, it typically comes with a higher price tag and requires more maintenance to protect it from moisture damage. On the other hand, MDF is a more budget-friendly option that provides a smooth and uniform surface. It is often less prone to warping or swelling in humid environments, making it a practical choice for bathrooms. Additionally, MDF allows for design flexibility and customization, as it can be easily shaped and molded to achieve various styles and finishes.

To help choose, think about the level of durability and longevity you require from your bathroom vanity. Is the bathroom you’re shopping for the main family bathroom? Is it often subjected to high humidity from back-to-back showers? MDF, although not as resilient as solid wood, offers good durability and stability. If you prioritize longevity and have specific style requirements, natural wood may be the preferred choice for its classic beauty and enduring quality. However, if cost-effectiveness and practicality are paramount, MDF presents a viable alternative that balances affordability with durability and design versatility. 

Ultimately, the decision between natural wood and MDF hinges on your individual preferences, budget constraints, and the specific demands of your bathroom space.

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Don't just imagine your dream bathroom—experience it firsthand when you visit a Bertch showroom. Our expert staff is ready to guide you through our collection of natural wood and MDF vanities, helping you find the perfect fit for your home.


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