Traditionally the Scandinavians and Japanese like to do it sat up. Europeans typically like to do it lying down. For me it depends on the location, and the view. I’m talking about bathing of course. What did you think I meant?
The reason I’m talking about this at all is because I recently stumbled across the most beautiful bathroom furniture. And not bathroom furniture in the traditional sense, i.e. vanity units etc. but baths and basins made from wood that are so beautiful they are like pieces of furniture.
Bathroom Furniture by William Garvey Ltd
William Garvey Ltd design and manufacture furniture and this includes baths, basins, shower grids and trays. These are all made using specialist marine plywood core with a thick teak or cedar veneer. Their products are then finished in a low sheen lacquer, which makes them smooth to touch. They can also be supplied un-lacquered, which doesn’t affect the water tightness but does mean they will mark and dent more easily.
They make standard European style baths with adjustable backrests, and single or double deep baths similar to traditional Japanese soaking tubs. The deep baths come with a stool to help you climb in, and a step or seat to get into on the other side. The seat is removable giving you more space once you’re in. These deep baths are great space savers if you have a small bathroom, i.e. a standard British bathroom….
Being made from timber they keep the water warmer for longer. Although the bottom of their baths is glass reinforced plastic, which is shaped to improve drainage and prevent pooling of water, which could encourage mould growth.
Before you start thinking the maintenance is going to cost a fortune it doesn’t. They don’t need any specialist cleaning products, good old Mr Muscle will do. Although they recommend you don’t use bleach, and suggest perhaps once a year giving them a good polish with something like OSMO oil to rejuvenate the finish.
As well as traditional vanity units they make ‘floating’ wall mounted basins and counter mounted basins using the same process used to make their baths. It was their ‘wave’ basin which caught my eye and lead me to their website.
They have a range of standard sizes but any style can be made in a bespoke to size to suit your bathroom.
And if you want to go for a full on luxury look they also make tiles and shower panels.
The wood veneer is bonded onto Formalux PVC making the panels 100% waterproof and easy to clean, and don’t require grout as they lock together with tongue and groove edges.
The tiles can be cut to size using ordinary woodworking tools and fitted using a waterproof adhesive. Their panels and tiles are suitable for use in bathrooms, showers, wet rooms and steam rooms. Basically wherever timber meets water.
Now their products are not cheap, with basins starting at £760 and baths from £3590, but this isn’t your average sanitary ware. You are basically getting specially designed, handmade furniture.
Anyway that’s enough from me for now, I’m off to fantasize about overhauling my shower room so I can have one of their deep baths. And if this has inspired you to update your bathroom and you need some help you can check out some of my own projects here