By Kerry Hale

Top Wooden Bathroom Design Ideas

  • Wednesday 26 April 2023
  • 4 minute read

Whether used for flooring, panelling, storage or accessories, wood is one of the most popular materials for your bathroom.

Its natural texture and warmth create a cosy space and timeless appeal. Wood works well for both modern and traditional interiors, so find out how to incorporate this natural material into your bathroom in our guide.

The best ways to introduce wood into your bathroom

There are plenty of ways to include wood in your bathroom design, whether you want to add a few wooden accents or are planning a complete transformation with new flooring, wall panelling and custom cabinetry. Discover the best wood bathroom ideas below to get inspired.

Custom cabinetry

While there's plenty of choice when buying new wooden vanity units, cupboards and cabinets, having bespoke storage made from reclaimed wood will add a unique feature to your bathroom.

This is a great way to use any excess wood from other renovation projects, and custom storage can be designed to fit any space. Alternatively, if you don't have wood to use and sourcing reclaimed or new timber is out of your budget, you could upcycle second-hand furniture instead.

Wooden screens

Bath screens are great for larger bathrooms, dividing the room into wet and dry areas. A wooden screen creates a feeling of luxury and warmth – like a spa – while offering privacy when bathing or showering. Choose from different designs, colours and materials to complement any other wooden accents in the space.

Ladder storage

A wooden ladder is a great way to store towels, especially if space is tight. You can also find ladder shelving to keep products on or display bathroom accessories. Whichever style you opt for, ladder storage is available in various sizes and colours, making this a simple, practical and budget-friendly way to add wood to your bathroom.

Wood floors

Flooring is one of the best ways to add wood to your bathroom, creating a warm, cosy atmosphere while being durable. Although natural wood flooring isn't recommended for bathrooms since it's not waterproof, plenty of waterproof wood-effect flooring is available for a striking addition to any space.

Choose a light wood such as pine or bamboo if you need to add brightness to a dark bathroom or a dark wood like walnut or teak if you want to make a statement. Wondering which style is best for your space? Explore more bathroom flooring ideas in our dedicated guide.

Wooden wall panels

Another great way to use wood in the bathroom is by adding panelling. You can use it horizontally, vertically, diagonally, half-height, full-height or just on the ceiling. Whichever style you choose, consider the available space and how you want the room to feel. Too much panelling in a small bathroom can dominate the design, while too little in a larger area can make it feel insignificant.

Wooden accessories

Wooden bathroom accessories such as mirrors, frames, soap dishes and toilet roll holders are a quick and cost-effective way to introduce wood into the space. Choose textures and shades that complement other wooden elements, like flooring or wall panelling, or opt for contrasting tones to add depth.


One of the best ways to bring nature into the bathroom is to use nature itself. A few plants will make your bathroom feel more tranquil and spa-like, absorb moisture, reduce bacteria, and improve air quality. Tropical plants such as orchids thrive in a humid atmosphere, while gardenias, azaleas and asparagus ferns love bright rooms.

Questions about using wood in bathrooms

Is wood waterproof?

Since bathrooms are humid and exposed to moisture, this can seep into natural wood. Over time, this may cause splitting, warping, and other damage, such as mould. Although when untreated natural wood is not waterproof, there are plenty of ways you can make it more durable by applying specialist products like resin and oil. Alternatively, choose a wood-effect material for flooring and wall panelling to achieve the same look while ensuring your bathroom is fully waterproof.

What wood is more resistant to water?

Teak, oak and maple are more water-resistant than other woods. However, they will still need treatment to protect them from water damage, so you should consult a carpenter for advice before purchasing.

Is wood or MDF better in a bathroom?

Compared to durable hardwoods like teak, oak and maple, MDF is more likely to expand and warp over time when exposed to moisture, so it's not recommended for bathrooms.

Complement your new wood bathroom with Mira's innovative products, including digital showers, luxurious bathtubs, enclosures, and non-slip shower trays.

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