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Bathroom Furniture Jargon Buster

Buying new bathroom furniture can be a confusing task, especially if you are confronted with a load of terms and phrases that don’t make sense. With this handy jargon buster, you will be able to make sense of bathroom furniture terminology.

Basin unit

Basin units are furniture items with a basin built into the top, usually with cupboards or drawers fitted beneath them. These can be freestanding or wall-mounted, and whilst they range in size these are typically smaller than cabinets.

Freestanding furniture

If a cabinet or unit is freestanding, this simply means that it can stand alone without having to be mounted to the wall. It does not even require fitting to the floor – it can just be placed wherever you like. This makes freestanding units very easy to move around if you are remodelling your suite. Freestanding furniture comes in all shapes and sizes, but these units are typically bigger than wall-mounted ones.


Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is a dense, composite material. It is made by combining hardwood or softwood fibres with a wax or resin binding agent, before allowing it to set at a high temperature. Like MFC, it is used to make bathroom cabinets and often comes foil-wrapped.


Melamine-faced chipboard (MFC) is an engineered wood product. This is made from a lot of wood chips which have been compressed into a strong sheet of material. It is very durable, as well as adaptable – it can be worked in ways to suit both contemporary and traditional looks. It is commonly used for making bathroom cabinets and is often laminated.

Mirrored cabinet

Mirrored cabinets are exactly what they say on the tin: a bathroom unit with a mirror built onto the front. These can come in a variety of sizes, but are typically made to fit above a bathroom basin, with shelves behind the door to store all your essentials.

Soft-close doors

If a door does not have a traditional, protruding handle, it is likely to be soft-closing. This means that the door itself swings to a close but does not slam, it closes the last few inches slowly and gradually. Doors with recessed handles are usually like this, with a section around the edge almost cut out so that you can open them with ease.

Statement unit

If a piece of bathroom furniture is referred to as ‘statement’, this means that it is intended to stand out in the room. A statement – or feature – piece may be a bold colour, or an outstanding shape. In terms of bathrooms, this could mean a glossy black bathroom cabinet in an otherwise white suite.

Toilet unit

A toilet unit is essentially a box-like structure that fits around the back of a back-to-the-wall toilet, concealing the cistern and the pipework. These come in a variety of colours, so you can select one which will blend in with the overall décor of the room.

Toilet and sink unit

A toilet and sink unit is a larger piece of furniture which encases both the toilet cistern and the basin. This means that the bathroom fixtures are neatly packed into the furniture, and any unsightly pipework is concealed. These units typically have drawers or cupboards fitted within them, making them a great option for creating extra storage room.

Vanity cabinet

A vanity cabinet is a unit typically comprising of cupboards or drawers and a basin. These basins are either fully or semi-inset. Cabinets can stand freely on the floor, or they can be mounted onto the wall in order to save space. For more information about vanity units, check out our article here.

Now you know what’s what, take a look at our range of Bathroom Furniture.



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