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  • 1. Solid Wood Bathroom Vanities – Durab... by S. Lewis - http://www.homethangs.com/blog/2012/03/solid-wood-bathroom-vanities-durabl e-beautiful-vanities-to-last-a-lifetime/ Solid Wood Bathroom Vanities – Durable, Beautiful Vanities To Last A LifetimeOnce upon a time, almost all furniture was made from solid wood. Wood was harvested from trees, cut to size,assembled, carved, sanded, stained, and sealed - and that was that. But nowadays it can be difficult to know whatyou furniture is made of. Why should you care? Lets take bathroom vanities as an example: many bathroomvanities these days are made of MDF or plywood with laminate or vinyl coverings, which are inferior in many wayscompared to more traditional solid wood bathroom vanities. So what do wood vanities offer that other materialsdont?Sagehill Designs Somerset 36 Inch Solid Wood Bathroom VanityWood is an incredibly strong material. Many MDF and plywood bathroom vanities are built with solid woodframes for structural support, but the more wood you have in your vanity, the stronger and more durable it will be -and the more weight itll be able to support. This is especially important if you want a granite, marble, or concretecountertop, as your vanity must have the structural integrity to be able to support one. Solid wood bathroomvanities - that is, ones made with real hardwood throughout, like this Somerset vanity from Sagehill Design, notjust the frame - can support much more weight, and hold up very well against long term wear and tear. page 1 / 5
  • 2. Solid Wood Bathroom Vanities – Durab... by S. Lewis - http://www.homethangs.com/blog/2012/03/solid-wood-bathroom-vanities-durabl e-beautiful-vanities-to-last-a-lifetime/Herbeau Vigneron Wooden Cabinet 5421Solid wood bathroom vanities last a long time because they can easily be repaired. While many materials thatare used in inexpensive modern construction might look nice when theyre first installed, even if theyre producedwell and hold up over a long period (which not all will!), if theyre damaged - scratched, gouged, stained, or waterdamaged - theyre almost impossible to repair because the finish is typically a thin layer covering anot-so-nice-looking waste-wood composite underneath. With solid wood bathroom vanities, like this Vigneronvanity from Herbeau, even if your vanity becomes seriously damaged over time, the surface can typically besanded down and re-stained or otherwise resurfaced to eliminate the blemishes. Because that beautiful naturalwood grain is real and goes all the way through, it can be repaired where other bathroom vanities would have tobe discarded.Solid Wood Dark Mahogany Finished Vanity From Legion Furniture page 2 / 5
  • 3. Solid Wood Bathroom Vanities – Durab... by S. Lewis - http://www.homethangs.com/blog/2012/03/solid-wood-bathroom-vanities-durabl e-beautiful-vanities-to-last-a-lifetime/Solid wood bathroom vanities can actually be better for your health. This one might seem a little far outthere, but its less so than you think. MDF and plywood are made from remnant and scrap wood pressed togetherand bound with various kinds of adhesives, and then further processed to be water proof. But many of thechemicals used in these processes, collectively referred to as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), can be harmfulto the human respiratory system and can even be carcinogenic. Bathrooms are typically very closed spaces,especially ones without windows, and these VOCs can leech from processed woods over time and accumulate inyour bathroom and throughout your home, which can harm you and your family. To avoid this, opt instead for solidwood bathroom vanities that are made of wood that hasnt been treated with formaldehyde, like this ISO ApprovedHardwood Vanity or any of the other wood vanities from Legion.Solid Walnut Classically Designed Vanity From LegionSolid wood bathroom vanities just plain look better. I suppose, to a certain extent, this is a matter of opinion,but vanities made of real wood have a certain natural character that other materials simply cant replicate.Between natural grain, knots, and pores in the wood, each and every wood vanity is unique and beautiful. Whilesome laminates may mimic the look of wood from afar, up close they cant compare, and no synthetic material canreplicate the feel of it. And while the finish may warp or peel off synthetic vanities over time, solid wood bathroomvanities like this Classical Wood Vanity age more gracefully - or, if theyre well maintained, not at all. page 3 / 5
  • 4. Solid Wood Bathroom Vanities – Durab... by S. Lewis - http://www.homethangs.com/blog/2012/03/solid-wood-bathroom-vanities-durabl e-beautiful-vanities-to-last-a-lifetime/Sagehill Designs Casual Elements Collection Solid Wood Bathroom VanityTheir slightly higher price is offset by their longevity. While in many cases you will pay a premium for solidwood bathroom vanities, especially if theyre made of a rarer wood, youre not just paying to get a beautiful vanity,youre paying for one thats really designed to last a lifetime. A well made, solid wood vanity like this one from theCasual Elements Collection is designed to stay structurally sound, visibly beautiful, and completely functional ininhospitable bathroom conditions. They may require a little more maintenance than synthetic wood vanities toprevent splitting and fading, but with regular care, they should stay looking just as beautiful as the day you boughtthem.Sagehill Designs Vanity From The Barrister CollectionThey can be eco-friendly. While installing a vanity made of solid hardwood mahogany is definitely not the most"green" bathroom choice you can make, there are ways to lessen the environmental impact of a solid woodbathroom vanity while preserving all of its other positive qualities. How? One word: veneers. While most lumber iscut to a one inch thickness with a lot of sawdust waste between each board (the stuff MDF is sometimes madeof!), veneers are carefully trimmed to 1/32" sheets with little or no waste between each one. This is incrediblyimportant for the most beautiful hardwoods (especially old heartwood). Solid mahogany vanities are not onlyprohibitively expensive, but also require wasteful cutting of valuable natural forests. But a vanity with mahoganyveneers over a less expensive wood, like this Barrister vanity from Sagehill Design, will give you the same finallook, but supports local tree farmers and ensure that natural grown exotic wood is harvested in smaller quantitiesand more sustainably. A lot of factors come into play when considering what type of vanity to buy, and it can behard to know which are the most important. With so many materials available, each with its own set of pros andcons, choosing the right bathroom vanity for your needs isnt always easy to do. But rest assured, if youre lookingfor quality, durability, and natural beauty, you cant go wrong with a solid wood bathroom vanity. Is there anythingyoure wondering about solid wood bathroom vanities I havent answered here? Let me know in the comments,and Ill see if I can help! www.HomeThangs.com - Home Improvement Super Store info@homethangs.com Phone: 267-670-3883 page 4 / 5
  • 5. Solid Wood Bathroom Vanities – Durab... by S. Lewis - http://www.homethangs.com/blog/2012/03/solid-wood-bathroom-vanities-durabl e-beautiful-vanities-to-last-a-lifetime/ Toll Free: 1-866-278-0880 Circle HomeThangs on Google+ Like HomeThangs on Facebook Follow HomeThangs on Twitter Follow HomeThangs on PINTEREST page 5 / 5Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)