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Bathroom furniture...naff or not?

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Idefix Fri 17-Mar-17 11:25:34

Just that really...dh hates it, says it looks cheap and nasty confused

I really like it and think it looks more stylish and expensive...

By bathroom furniture I mean hidden cisterns and sinks with cupboards/draws etc.

Any thoughts?

gandttuesday Fri 17-Mar-17 11:29:20

As someone who sells bathrooms for a living they are without a doubt the most popular option!

They're really well manufactured these days and you get so much more choice on style (traditional vs super modern)

Idefix Fri 17-Mar-17 11:38:11

That's reassuring, I do find dh attitude bizarre give he used work for a fitted kitchen company!

I think I could compromise on the cistern but not the sink unit but then I think it would just look so much better.

gandt is it a terrible idea to go modern in an old property? Or do people want modern bathrooms generally? We won't be removing any original features but planning to have a fairly sleek modern shower room.

BreatheDeep Fri 17-Mar-17 11:39:57

I don't like it. I'm with your DH. But it's just personal opinions isn't it?

Idefix Fri 17-Mar-17 11:52:21

This is true and this is deffo a first world problem...for me it is about ease of cleaning (usually me). I just think it is cleaner.

Idefix Fri 17-Mar-17 11:53:44

smile dh will be glad of the support...rl friends have been very much in favour.

TattiePants Fri 17-Mar-17 11:58:55

Personally I don't like it either, especially concealed toilets. I do prefer table mounted basins though (so you still get storage underneath) but have always gone for free standing units / tables. I had this one fitted yesterday www.tikamoon.co.uk/art-kwarto-teak-washstand-110-2196.htm#

irregularegular Fri 17-Mar-17 12:07:22

Well some are nice and some are nasty...

I prefer a traditional look, so like cistern toilets, pedestal basins. But for practicality would put a basin in a built in vanity unit - it's the easiest way to build in some storage in a normal sized bathroom. Wouldn't build the toilet in myself for first preference, but it can look nice.

Generally really don't like the kind of basins that are a bowl on top of a unit. I think they are already dated. But it's just personal taste when it comes down to it.

Idefix Fri 17-Mar-17 12:19:40

That looks lovely Tattie, I think we will need to go to some shops and look. I haven't explored with dh where he thinks we will store things. Our current bathroom has three window with deep sills with everything on show and I hate it. Cluttered, dust catching and yuck!

user1469117700 Fri 17-Mar-17 12:41:27

Cistern always looks better tiled in imo
attached one we are doing now and some of fitted furnature

user1469117700 Fri 17-Mar-17 12:41:32

Cistern always looks better tiled in imo
attached one we are doing now and some of fitted furnature

PassiveAgressiveQueen Fri 17-Mar-17 12:48:44

I hate the shiny white bathroom stuff, it looks 80s mfi, but it is hard keeping my open shelves nice

VeritysWatchTower Fri 17-Mar-17 12:50:36

We have just installed fitted furniture in the children's bathroom.

No more dropping a toothpaste cap that somehow always ends up rolling under the soil pipe, no more dusting the top of the bloody soil pipe, no more reaching behind the pedestal basin to clean the bit between the wall and the pipes feeding the sink. Sheer bliss.

We haven't tiled it in so all pipework is still accessible for any future issues. It makes the bathroom look bigger and we now have storage (tiny bathroom with nowhere else to put any storage.)

I agree some things can look cheap but it does depend how much you want to spend.

specialsubject Fri 17-Mar-17 12:53:09

hidden cistern - great until something breaks.

those stupid bowl on a shelf sinks are massive dirt traps.

Function not form.

DorcasthePuffin Fri 17-Mar-17 13:47:35

In terms of looks, I am definitely with your dh.

But that doesn't mean the modern built-in look offends me. It depends on how it's done. In my last flat everything was tiled away and it drove me mad - particularly the toilet, but that was because they hadn't created an entry point so when the toilet broke we had to smash all the tiles... But I moved to a more old-fashioned bathroom, and now the toilet drives me mad because it's so hard to keep clean and non-spidery behind the U bend or S bend or whatever it's called. When I replace it (quite shortly) I'll probably go for a close-coupled (is that the word?) model. I'd also go for kitchen sink storage if space was tight.

Idefix Fri 17-Mar-17 14:17:33

I hear you Veritys and Dorcus grin I hate all that cleaning.

I don't think we are on the same budget User looks so sleek and clean, feeling very jealous.

The kind I have been looking at is with the cistern surrounded by a cabinet (hopefully making relatively simple to gain access) rather than those hidden in the wall. Our house was built in 1800 and I am not convinced that given the tight dimensions it would even be possible.

Idefix Fri 17-Mar-17 14:21:30

I would like something like the following photos, not sure about the toilet brush...wink

JoJoSM2 Sun 19-Mar-17 00:29:05

That toilet with a brown case does look naf.

HiDBandSIL Sun 19-Mar-17 21:48:33

That toilet looks awful imho (sorry). Why not get a back to wall toilet?

Somanyillustrations Sun 19-Mar-17 21:55:40

I'm thinking of having a hidden cistern toilet and then a wall hung vanity unit, plus a freestanding full height cupboard for towels. The full fitted bathroom did appeal as I need the storage, but I do agree that it looks a bit naff... Think it might date badly too

Somanyillustrations Sun 19-Mar-17 22:00:43

Something like this www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/washstands-taps/wash-stands/odensvik-godmorgon-wash-stand-with-4-drawers-black-brown-spr-99894492/

Squidgems Sun 19-Mar-17 23:19:00

I haven't used sinks with vanity units so I have a question about them. Doesn't water go over the edge of the sink and into the drawers eventually rotting them?

Idefix Mon 20-Mar-17 10:10:54

Compromising with dh and going for a short projection flat back to the wall toilet, our bathroom is small, narrow with a sloping ceiling and one wall that narrows at one end <weeps>. But still thinking vanity unit sink, but going to look at ikea smile will need a short projection one of these too, maybe more cloakroom sized...

Idefix Mon 20-Mar-17 10:16:22

I think the thing about dating is that to me the traditional basin on a pedestal look really old fashioned and dated so guess it really is just preference. I also really dislike toilets with dust/grime catching areas like the traditional ones with the waste pipe exposed.

I also don't want the turtle loo that was on the Great Pottery Challenge last week grin

IAmAPaleontologist Mon 20-Mar-17 10:57:00

We are getting bathrooms done at the moment. 3 of them! In our current house there isn't any bathroom furniture but there are floor to ceiling built in shelves at the end of the bath and I love, love, love having the storage so yes, we are getting furniture. You can get some lovely stuff though that fits in well with traditional styles so out main bathroom is going to be very traditional complete with high flush toilet with a proper chain but the basin will have storage. The en suite and downstairs shower rooms we are less fussed about looks wise. I'm not keen on hidden cisterns for the loos so they are going to be normal toilets but again the basins will be within storage units. I quite like them, especially ones that are fully moulded with the basin because it means no sealant to go manky. Our en suite will have cupboard under sink plus then coming out like a kitchen work top with another cupboard under so there will be lots of space to put things and a surface for hair brush and face cream and all that gubbins. Getting a matching mirrored unit too which we were not sure about but I wanted somewhere high up for medicines.

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