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Can I use wood instead of tile for walls around bathtub?

DeborahEllen's picture

The tile surrounding our bathtub is very old and cracked, and I’m thinking of having it replaced with horizontal rows of wood. This would start at the top of the tub and go up to a height of 5 feet, then would continue around the rest of the room. The wood would then be painted with exterior paint. The washroom is small, about 5 by 7, with 12 foot ceiling. The upper portion of the room is wallpapered, but I want to do something different to break up the height of the room. Can anyone think of a reason this might not work? I have seen wood applied horizontally in a washroom before, but never in the tub area. Thanks for your help.

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Lauren_65's picture

You can use wood surrounding your bathtub but there is problem also as wood is capable of absorbing moisture and it is also difficult to clean it but if you repaint it every year, then there is no problem.

Aaron's picture

Yes we can use wood in bathrooms but it will damage due to water.But truly speaking tiles are easy to clean and stay longer.So i suggest tiles are better then wood. get facebook fans

Ciara's picture

I truly like your tub encompass the divider tile.would be ideal for tiles around your washroom also. I like the different plans with the tiling, yet I'm even more a wood fellow. Awesome post you have submitted. buy facebook likes

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eramorse's picture

Wood look tiles have grown popularity throughout the last several years. They've got the look of wood but the durability of ceramic tiles could be utilized in wet areas.

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My vote too goes for tiles as wood would sooner or later get damaged. It definitely would look good with wood but would require lot of maitenance.

DydyR's picture

Well, you can use wood instead of tile walls, but only if you choose a waterproof paint, because the wood will absorb moisture causing mold apparition. I have wooden furniture in my bathroom and each year have to repaint it. If you are undecided, there are many top quality bathroom products to choose what fits your needs and preferences.

roundabout's picture

Maybe faux wood is the answer? You could add fake wood paneling instead of real wood, then you could get the look without worrying about the maintenance and moisture issues.

kingsteel's picture

Very well said but I guess some splashes can damage the wood especially when kids play in the bathtub they love splashing. Wood will look very great but will require high maintenance.

gharbuilder12's picture

I really like your tub surround the wall tile.Would be perfect for tiles around your bathroom as well. I like the other ideas with the tiling, but I'm more of a wood guy.Bathroom wood cabinets will not only add an aesthetic touch to your bathroom decor but will also display your lavish taste and preferences.

kingsteel's picture

Well Deborah, wood looks good, gives elegance but they need maintenance too. But in bathroom, near bathtub, they are bound to get wet and will soon need a change. I would suggest to with tiles. 

Natjones's picture

Fro me, wood is not good to be used around bathtub because wood won't last long when wet always.

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