For a bathroom refit, it’s easy to overlook the importance of bathroom worktops. With showers, baths, taps and flooring to consider, by the time you get to worktops, they may feel a bit like an afterthought. However, consider the fact that you will use your bathroom worktops daily. They are the most utilised aspect of a bathroom. Whether you’re in there to bathe, brush your teeth or use the loo, you will use the worktop. Even if you don’t notice that you’ve done it! So it’s important to choose wisely.
Top of the list of requirements for a kitchen worktop, the same should be true of bathroom worktops. The almost constant contact with water, soaps, toiletries and toothpaste means that the surface comes under even more stress than many kitchen worktops. This is why you will rarely find a wooden worktop in a bathroom. Even laminates will enjoy a limited lifespan with this level of use. For very long-lasting surfaces in a bathroom, many choose either stone or glass. These hardy surfaces will withstand the constant spills to retain their lustre.
None of us enjoys cleaning the bathroom, it has to be said! So for minimal maintenance with your bathroom worktop, hardy materials win again. Maximise the amount of space which is taken up by non-porous materials. Whether this is glass or a dense stone such as quartz. The key benefit of glass over stone here is the size of the panels. Glass can be formed to the space, not cut in either slabs or tiles. In this way, you can avoid the joins which end up harbouring dirt and grime. So you can maintain the look and hygiene of your bathroom worktops with a simple vinegar wash.
Don’t underestimate how much worktop you require in your bathroom. These surfaces are more than just a sink surround. So when you are planning out the space in your bathroom refit, maximise the space for your worktops. This is especially so for family bathrooms which experience heavy traffic from multiple family members.
How much natural light does your bathroom get? If your bathroom is comparatively small, you will undoubtedly want to maximise light diffusion around the room. To achieve this, you should seek out reflective surfaces. From wall panels to glass bathroom worktops, the natural light that the room does get will reflect to make the room feel larger. You can also achieve this result with a polished stone, which is why marble is popular in bathrooms. However, the benefit that glass carries is its breadth of functionality with synthetic light. You can incorporate lighting within your glass panels, shelving and bathroom worktops. These features are great for a super modern and flexible design which does not rely on natural light alone.
As a material, glass certainly supports the most variety of design concepts. You may choose block coloured glass, or even have a pattern or image printed onto the glass. This level of bespoke design makes glass bathroom worktops integral to a room design. Whether your bathroom refit follows a colour scheme or concept theme, you can use your worktop as a supporting or even central feature.
Bathrooms can be awkward spaces! Fitting in all the utilities, considering plumbing and placing mirrors correctly means that you might end up working out your worktop space around other things. So make the most of the length of the wall that you do have, and look for materials which can be easily moulded. Glass and softer stones can be curved around corners, maximising these tricky spaces.
For hygienic and low maintenance surfaces in your bathroom, glass is ideal. If you maximise the worktop space within your bathroom, you will find that the scope of use is huge. This then means that your bathroom is a practical, as well as an appealing space. Contact us today for more information.