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What is Bathroom Furniture Vanity

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Among all bathroom fixtures, the bathroom furniture vanity is probably the most constant feature. Today people hover between bathtub and shower. They don’t necessarily have both any more. Toilets can be in the bathroom or in a partially separated cubicle or even a completely separate room. But the sink is always in place in the bathroom.

Even if it isn’t strictly speaking a vanity, but rather a pedestal sink or a wall mounted sink or a cabinet mounted sink, what defines a bathroom furniture vanity is the presence of a sink and a place to keep toiletries. In one way or the other this is always present in a bathroom and always the focal point. It also lends itself more than any other fixture to decoration ideas. Colors, fittings and individual décor touches all enhance the vanity. Amazing progress in the use of lighting, back lighting, under lighting and spotlighting emphasizes the focal point in a dozen different ways and creates atmosphere today as never before encountered in the bathroom. The principle of combining washing sink and storage for toiletries has led to several variations of the bathroom furniture vanity.

Vanities, as opposed to cabinet sinks, pedestal sinks and wall mounted sinks, are generally the ones most like a bedroom dressing table in appearance. However, this is changing too. Contemporary vanities may have storage in the form of a minimalist box attached to the wall, or it may be a crisscross of chrome piping with glass shelving and a holder for a basin, all seeming to hover in midair.

For practical reasons, still very popular are the vanities that serve the purpose of a dressing table with drawers and cupboards and mirrors. These range in style from retro, through country to modern. Any shape, any size and any color is permissible. A very large family bathroom may have nearly as many sinks set into a vast vanity as a public cloakroom, or it may have the tiniest most fragile looking glass vessel bowl just big enough to rinse off the hands. Human ideas and tastes are as unlimited and exciting as human imagination.

Bathroom Furniture Vanity: How it Evolved?

Bathroom vanities have basically gone through several stages to become what they are today.

• To start off with there were just rivers and rock pools where the early humans rinsed the mud and dust off themselves. Then they found that they needed something to carry water back to their shelters. They must have needed containers for food too. Many examples of large, clay urns have been discovered by archeologists for carrying water in prehistoric times. In fact, these are still used today, in more modern materials, such as plastic or tin, by people who live in isolated communities.

• In the homes, shelters or caves, there must have been containers for holding water. Probably they were millstones, calabashes or clay pots that had many other uses in the home. They were just convenient for filling with water, dipping the hands in and rinsing them and splashing water on to the face. Then they evolved further with every new material discovered. Glass, ceramics and metals. Unfortunately archeology doesn’t tell us at what stage people discovered that the food in the pot that they had just washed their hands in didn’t taste so good any more, and they decided to keep washing pots separate and distinct from food and water drinking pots. This stage would indeed have marked the first prototype of bathroom furniture vanity!

• Although there is historical evidence of baths for ritual washing, cleanliness, and sheer pleasure from the earliest times, the first evidence of a bathroom furniture vanity just for washing hands and faces was only found dating back to the middle ages. These were long troughs built into the walls of monasteries for the use of monks. Shortly afterwards, noblemen copied the idea and some castle ruins of that time were found to have similar washing troughs built into the walls.

• Thereafter personal washing was normally done in the kitchens of small cottages, and in the private bedrooms of larger houses. The washstand with basin and jug were used until plumbing was invented, then washstands with plumbing, the early forms of the bathroom furniture vanity, moved into little dressing rooms attached to the bedrooms.

• Vitreous enamel and universal plumbing in homes in the late 19th century and the early part of the 20th led to virtually every permanent home having its own bathroom and built in bathroom furniture vanity.

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