What Material Should You Use for Your Bathroom Vanity Cabinet?

Bathroom vanity

A bathroom vanity cabinet is just as useful as any kitchen cabinet, if not a little more glamorous.

When choosing the kind of material for your bathroom vanity, consider the following factors: it should withstand high humidity and moisture levels in a bathroom. It should also be able to hold the weight of the sink, countertop and other vanity accessories.

Here’s a list of options to choose from when it’s time to decide on the material:

Solid wood

This is the strongest and most durable material for a bathroom vanity cabinet, and gives a classic and timeless touch to your bathroom.

This material has been used for centuries and is still the material of choice by many contractors and builders today.

Homeowners must be wary, however, that solid wood tends to shrink and expand as humidity levels in the bathroom change. By keeping humidity in control, homeowners won’t have to worry about this.


Plywood is another popular material used in bathroom vanities. This is perfect for those who want to ride the mid-line between price and quality.

Plywood consists of multiple veneers of wood glued together to form layered sheets. It varies greatly in quality and thickness and boasts impressive strength.

If covered in veneer, it will be as stable as solid wood and will not chip or peel except under unusual circumstances.

Unlike solid wood, plywood will not easily expand or contract due to humidity, moisture or temperature changes. Also, it very rarely will degrade.

Medium-density fiberboard (MDF)

The MDF is the economical choice of homeowners looking to stay within a specified budget.

This material consists of composite fibres and small pieces of wood joined together with resin or wax. MDF is denser than plywood and is a common material used in the furnishing industry.

Also, MDF is easy to paint, making it easier to customise your cabinets to the colour of your choice.

MDF cabinets don’t contract or expand as much as real wood. But, once water penetrates the surface of the MDF, it can lead to damage. With proper sealing, along with proper bathroom ventilation, the MDF will be fine.

Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC)

PVC is a cost-effective cabinet material that is only starting to gain popularity in Australia.

Its best quality is its 100 per cent resistance against water. Because of this, PVC cabinets can have a long lifespan.

PVC has a smooth surface that can be painted with any colour. It’s also resistant to high temperatures and easier to clean than wooden surfaces.

When choosing the material for your bathroom vanity cabinet, make sure to keep durability and functionality in mind.

Trust Tile Importer for your bathroom vanity needs

Tile Importer is Melbourne’s leading provider of bathroom vanity products.

We have a variety of bathroom fixtures and supplies available, whether you are repairing or replacing an existing bathroom.

You can visit our Display Centre in Melbourne or you can get in touch with our team to know more about our products.

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