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Solid rubberwood bathroom vanities offer 90% the strength of solid oak. They offer durability and a solution to growing concerns over deforestation. Rubberwood bathroom vanities are made from the Hevea Brasilienesis rubber tree. This material makes use of wood that would otherwise go to waste.
As one of the most sustainable solid wood materials, rubberwood is often compared to bamboo (which is not even real wood – bamboo is technically a grass). Unlike bamboo, rubberwood is probably the most eco-friendly type of wood used to make home furniture. Moreso than pine, cedar, and even teak.
What is Rubberwood
Rubber wood is a hardwood belonging to the Euphorbiaceous family. Rubberwood is often called by a variation of names including Paráwood Thai Oak, Asian oak, Siam oak, or simply Thai Oak. It does not bounce or stretch as the name may imply. It’s a sturdy hardwood that resists cracking and warping very well. The name actually comes from the type of tree it is harvested from; the rubber tree.
Rubber trees are primarily planted for their naturally occurring latex sap (as compared to synthetic latex materials) which is used commercially. Rubberwood is relatively inexpensive because it is a byproduct of latex farmers on these rubber plantations. It’s almost like recycling materials that would otherwise be thrown away.
Paráwood trees stop producing latex after 20-30 years. In the past, these trees were cut down and either burned or chopped down to be used as fire wood. This was done because space needed to made for new rubberwood trees that would produce latex. Rubberwood offers several key advantages:
- Eco-friendly material that upcycles latex byproducts.
- 90% as strong as solid oak.
- Strong and flexible yet workable, making it the perfect material for handcrafted furniture.
- Natural resistance to moisture, bacteria, mold, and other fungi.
- Economical in terms of price.
Rubberwood is a very dense and tightly grained wood. It’s resistance to mold and moisture makes it an ideal material for the bathroom. The surface of the wood is smooth to the touch and can be complimented with various stains and finishes. It’s natural appearance is a pale cream or yellowish brown color. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite solid rubberwood vanities.
Rubberwood Bathroom Vanities
Single Sink Rubberwood Vanities
1. Zola Ecofriendly Rubberwood Vanity
The Zola Vanity measures 47.5 inches and is constructed using eco-friendly rubberwood materials. It comes with a matching mirror and 7 doweled drawers that hold up well. Most other vanities, even those advertised as “solid wood,” have a solid wood construction with MDF or plywood drawers. I explain this industry practice here.
2. Tilda Rubberwood Vessel Sink Vanity
The Tilda vanity features contemporary styling with brushed nickel hardware. Don’t let the good looks fool you; this unit is made with a resistant low V.O.C. sealer which means it won’t emit that chemical smell that is often associated with home furnishings that use formaldehyde adhesives.
Double Sink Rubberwood Vanities
1. Maybell Rubberwood Vanity
The Maybell is a very unique vanity. It comes in a beautiful white finish that almost looks like it has a hint of pearl added. The design pairs two ceramic basins above a durable and easy to clean tempered glass top. Great for a his and hers bathroom because you each have a swinging door panels with shared drawers in between for smaller accessories.
2. Ava Modern Rubberwood Vanity
Aside from being an eco-friendly vanity, the Ava is one of the most popular models from Virtu USA. The Ava employs the classic black and white theme of modern design with a bowed facial panel that elegantly frames the vanities silhouette.
View more Double Sink Vanities here.
Wall Mounted Rubber Wood Vanities
1. Ophelia Rubberwood Floating Vanity
These vanities are made from the same rubberwood materials except they are mounted to the wall instead of being free-standing floor units. By mounting the vanity to the wall, you save floor space beneath the cabinet, creating an open and airy design.
2. Opal Rubberwood Cabinet
The Opal vanity features an integrated sink top that fits perfectly to the dimensions of this double sink vanity. The rubberwood materials serve the unit well as the top adds extra weight. With that, wood used on cabinets must be very strong to remain attached to the wall without cracking or bending.
[READ: Gallery of 20 Floating Vanities]
These are all of the rubberwood vanities found on the Tradewinds Imports website. Rather than send you on a wild goose chase, I’ve curated this list to make things simple for you. If you’re interested in looking for more bathroom vanities, you can visit the a href=”https://www.tradewindsimports.com/”>Trade Winds Imports.
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About the Author
Cheryl Khan is a designer and writer at Tradewinds Imports.com, an online specialty site dedicated to retailing fine bathroom furnishings. She has extensive knowledge about all the finer details that go into planning the perfect bath renovation project and is an expert on all things bathroom! Send her your bathroom Q’s on twitter @SuperInteriors!