If you're renovating your bathroom and plan to fit a freestanding vanity in it, there are plenty of styles and materials that you can choose from, but teak might not be an option that you have taken the time to consider. Using solid timber in the bathroom has become less common in recent years, with stones and plastics becoming the norm. However, a freestanding teak vanity can make a great addition, and here are just four reasons why.
First and foremost, a teak vanity will serve as a luxurious centrepiece for your bathroom. Teak is one of the most sought-after hardwood species in the world, and a big part of the reason why is its dark, elegant appearance. Teak will bring your bathroom a touch of a class, and it will stay looking fantastic for a long time to come.
Teak wood is often used outside because its fibres are able to retain their natural oils even after the wood has been cut. This means that teak is naturally resistant to moisture damage, which is clearly going to be an important concern when you're dealing with a piece of bathroom furniture. Those oils act as a shield against the swelling that might occur with other woods, as well as against the growth of any mould or fungi that could develop in the warm and wet environment of a bathroom.
Unfortunately, it can be very hard to make a bathroom eco-friendly. For the most part, the plastics and compressed wood boards used to make most vanities will not be recyclable. Even stone vanity countertops can be very hard to reuse since they will often have been cut with your specific bathroom in mind. Teak is different. Made from natural and sustainable sources, it makes use of no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and can be easily reused for different purposes.
The fact that teak is a wood that is naturally able to resist any moisture damage is obviously great news, and it's also a wood that will hold up incredibly well over time. The bathroom isn't a place where you'll be regularly moving around heavy items, but it's still possible for bumps and scrapes to occur. Teak is robust enough to cope with such damage. If any scratches are created, you can just have the vanity sanded down and then retreated instead of having to replace the whole unit.