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    What is the Best Timber for a Bathroom Vanity? Building for Durability

    ARTICLE BY Todd Smith - Owner
    Best timber for a bathroom vanity

    March 27, 2024

    Looking to add a durable and aesthetically pleasing bathroom vanity to your home? The team at Jarrimber have put together a guide to help you choose the right timber that will complement your bathroom. We’ll explore the best options that combine functionality and style, while ensuring your vanity stands the test of time.

    Introduction to Building a Durable Bathroom Vanity

    When it comes to bathroom renovations, the choice of timber for your bathroom vanity is crucial. The bathroom is a high-moisture environment, and the vanity is constantly exposed to water, steam, and other elements. Therefore, it’s essential to select a timber that can withstand these conditions on a daily basis but will also add style and functionality to your bathroom.

    Importance of Choosing the Right Timber

    Choosing the right timber for your bathroom vanity is essential for several reasons. Firstly, durability is a key concern in the bathroom’s high-moisture environment, where vanities are exposed to water, steam, and varying temperatures. The right timber must be able to withstand these conditions.

    Secondly, functionality can’t be overlooked. The timber chosen must be able to support the weight of the skink, withstand daily use, and accommodate your storage needs.

    In addition, aesthetics do play a significant role. The vanity often serves as a focal point in a bathroom’s design, and the timber selected can influence the overall look and feel of the space. The right timber can add warmth, elegance, or a modern touch, complementing the bathroom’s design scheme and enhancing its visual appeal.

    Lastly, sustainably-sourced materials are increasingly becoming a priority for many homeowners. Selecting a timber that is sourced responsibly ensures that your bathroom renovation aligns with environmental values, contributes to conservation efforts, and reduces your environmental footprint.

    Factors to Consider When Choosing Timber for a Bathroom Vanity

    Beautiful bathroom vanity with the best timber

    Now that you understand the importance of choosing the best timber for your bathroom vanity, let’s dive deeper into the factors you need to consider.

    Moisture Resistance

    Given the high humidity and water exposure in bathrooms, selecting a timber with natural moisture resistance is crucial to avoid warping, swelling, rotting or deteriorating over time. Hardwood timber offers excellent resistance to moisture, making them suitable options for a bathroom.

    Durability and Hardness

    The timber should be sturdy enough to withstand daily use, including impact, scratches, warm temperatures, or dents that may come with frequent use. Hardwoods are generally preferred for their longevity and resistance to wear and tear.

    Aesthetics and Compatibility

    Consider the overall style and aesthetics of your bathroom when choosing a timber. The timber should add warmth and character to the space, as well as complement your existing decor. It’s also important to ensure the timber you choose marries well with other elements in your bathroom, such as tiles, fixtures, and fittings.

    Maintenance Requirements

    Some timbers may require more maintenance than others to retain their appearance and longevity in a bathroom environment. Consider the level of maintenance you are willing to commit to in upkeep, such as regular sealing or oiling, when choosing your timber.


    The price of timber can vary depending on its type, quality, and origin. While it can be tempting to choose a cheaper option, it’s important to consider the long-term value and durability of the timber, as investing in a high-quality wood can be more cost-effective over time due to its longer lifespan and lower maintenance needs.

    Popular Timber Options for Bathroom Vanities

    One of the popular timber option - Goosebury Hill Vanity


    Marri is a popular choice for bathroom vanities due to its rich, warm tones and unique grain patterns. It is a durable Australian hardwood that offers excellent resistance to moisture, making it an ideal option for your bathroom renovation.


    Known for its rich, deep red colour, Jarrah is an exceptionally durable and water-resistant Australian hardwood. It is naturally resistant to rot and decay, making it a great choice for a long-lasting bathroom vanity.

    Tasmanian Oak

    Tasmanian Oak is a versatile timber that allows for a wide range of finishes and can be easily matched to your bathroom’s existing decor. Its neutral colour with a subtle grain makes it a perfect choice for a contemporary or minimalist bathroom design.

    Tasmanian Blackwood

    Blackwood is a beautiful timber with a range of colours from light golden browns to deep chocolate browns which can soften and enrich your space. Beyond its beauty, Tasmanian is highly durable and resistant to moisture, making it suitable for bathroom vanities.

    Custom Design Possibilities with Quality Timber

    Custom design with quality timber with the Ocean Reef Vanity

    When it comes to creating a bathroom vanity that is both durable and perfectly fits your style and space, the possibilities are endless with quality timber. At Jarrimber, we understand that every bathroom is unique, which is why we specialise in tailoring your vanity to meet your needs.

    Our commitment to using Australian timber that’s high quality, and ethically sourced means your custom vanity will not only look stunning but will also stand up to the demands of daily use.

    What truly sets Jarrimber apart is our dedication to craftsmanship and ensuring you get the best service. By choosing Jarrimber, you’re not just getting a piece of furniture; you’re investing in a bespoke creation that enhances the functionality and aesthetic of your bathroom, reflecting your taste and standing the test of time.

    Start Your Bathroom Vanity Project with Jarrimber

    Bathroom vanity project _Sorrento Floating Vanity

    At Jarrimber, we offer a range of high-quality Australian timber options for bathroom vanities, including Marri, Jarrah, Tasmanian Oak, Tasmanian Blackwood, and Victorian Ash. Our expert craftsmen can create a custom vanity that perfectly suits your space while ensuring durability and style.

    So, if you’re undertaking a bathroom renovation and would like a custom-made bathroom vanity, then feel free to send us an enquiry with the following details:

    • Timber selection
    • Approximate dimensions for your space
    • Style description or reference

    Our friendly staff will then contact you to discuss your vision in more detail and give you an estimated quote. We will then provide you with a 3D rendering of your custom piece that’s mocked up to scale before you commit to the final design.

    Alternatively, we have a range of bathroom vanities that come in standard sizes, plus the option of a mirror. Have further questions or just want to discuss some ideas? Contact our friendly team today or visit our showroom in Osborne Park, WA!

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    Todd Smith

    Todd Smith - Owner

    I've always had a passion for Australian timbers and turning it into beautiful timber furniture. Aussies have some of the most sought-after timbers in the world and being able to work with it and bring some of this beauty to our customers is a blessing.

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