Wood in the Bathroom

Tiles are the traditional material for bathroom flooring, but you don’t always have to stick to convention. There’s something warm and elegant about wood in the bathroom. Wood provides an earthy feel, a link to nature and the outside world.

Wood in the Bathroom

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For many years, wood and bathrooms didn’t mix. This is because moisture is hard on wood, and bathrooms are full of moisture. Wood is becoming a popular bathroom material, however, thanks to new technologies that shield wood from external moisture sources.

Wood can now be used in many ways in the bathroom.


Having wood as the flooring material in your bathroom may raise some eyebrows from people who still believe that wood has no place in the bathroom. Wood products today are treated to repel moisture, however. You can also add layers of oil-based polyurethane to increase wood’s water-resistance. Filling the cracks between boards with wood putty will keep water from seeping between the boards and causing premature rot.


Stone or tile may be the usual choices, but wood can bring a stylish look of its own. You can create a very dynamic interplay of texture and color by combining a wooden countertop with a ceramic basin and gold-accented fixtures. Since countertops bear up under a lot of moisture, make sure that your wood is properly waterproofed. Adding additional layers of epoxy can help.


Using wood, even reclaimed wood, for your vanity will add elegance to your bathroom. Instead of having the traditional vanity frames, which are mostly made of plastic, use wood to match the countertop and the floor.

Sinks and Tubs

Wood for sinks and bathtubs might sound crazy, but remember that old ships were made of teakwood. And cedar has been used for centuries to make the deep soaking tubs that are popular in Japanese culture.

Wood is trending right now; incorporate wood into your bathroom for a chic and dynamic look.