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MDF or wooden?

There are so many different things to consider when choosing bathroom storage units that it can be difficult to know where to start. One choice you’ll need to make early on is which material you prefer for your bathroom furniture; two of the most popular options are MDF (Medium-density fibreboard) and wood. There are slightly different properties between these, but this quick guide should help you discover which one is right for you.


Medium-density fibreboard is a wood fibre product, engineered by combining the fibres with a wax or resin binder. It is a lightweight material which is relatively durable – bathstore’s MDF furniture comes with a guarantee of between two and five years. It is also easy to clean, although it should never be cleaned with bleach or any other abrasive materials. Instead, try natural products such as vinegar or bicarbonate of soda for a deep clean.

For more information about cleaning your furniture, take a look at our guide ‘How should I clean bathroom furniture to maintain it in top condition?'.

Typically, MDF bathroom furniture is cheaper than wooden furniture. This is because it is a composite material. It can be used to create furniture units to suit both modern and traditional looking bathroom suites.

MDF furniture comes most typically in white, although some other colours are available. You can easily paint MDF units in whichever colour you fancy, but it’s a good idea to go over them with a primer first, and make sure you wear a dust mask. All this will leave your unit looking smooth and working brilliantly.


Wooden bathroom furniture tends to be more solid compared to MDF, and therefore all bathstore wooden units come with a minimum five year guarantee. There are various different wooden tones available, including mahogany and oak, and the different shades can each work in bathrooms of varying sizes. These units can match a number of furniture styles, from the sharp, sleek lines of modern units to the softer, shabby-chic looks of traditional ones.

Because bathroom cabinets are used so frequently, they tend to sustain a couple of small scratches here and there, so you will need to consider where they will be fitted in order to minimise the risk of damage. In terms of their resistance to water, all bathstore products are made with sealed edges, which ensures that water damage is kept to a minimum.

Sensible and frequent cleaning should prolong the durability of your units and keep them as water-resistant as possible, so be sure to look after your furniture for as long as you have it!

Whether you buy a big or small cabinet, it will increase the storage space in your bathroom, and can be both practical and stylish. Both wooden and MDF furniture is built to withstand the conditions of a bathroom, so you can be sure that they will remain functional after a number of years, and maintain their sleek, elegant look.

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