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Which tissue box is best for me, Melamine vs Leather vs Resin?

Tissue paper, and other paper products such as facial tissue and toilet paper, have played a significant role in modern society for decades. Tissue paper has contributed to better hygiene standards by helping stop the spread of infectious diseases… and because it’s dependable and convenient many hotels around the world supply this amenity in their rooms to add simple convenience to their guests' lives.

When it comes to creating a luxury experience it’s all about adding finesse to the touchpoints in the room, and having a smart tissue box cover is an exemplary bathroom accessory.

If your guest bathrooms are modern and stylish, high gloss or sleek but understated having a tissue box cover to match your décor can create that “wow” factor guests will remember.

From melamine, leather and resin you might be wondering which option to go with. To help you we’ve got the top advantage and disadvantages of each.

So, let’s kick off with melamine tissue covers which are usually found in three-star properties.


  • Advantages:
    Melamine is a type of plastic so it’s easy to clean and doesn’t mark easily. The melamine covers work well in a bathroom environment because the item doesn’t become water stained from the damp environment.
  • Disadvantages:
    • Sometimes melamine can look cheap depending on how it’s been manufactured.
    • The material isn’t very strong so can easily break.
PU Leather:

PU leather tissue covers are typically found in 4-star properties. This material is a great way to bring some elegance to your guest rooms.

  • Advantages:
    PU Leather is a high-quality product, and with better quality comes better presentation.

    Thanks to the different tanning agents you can choose from a vast range of colours to suit your décor. And due to the natural feel of the material, it is soft to the touch.
  • Disadvantages:
    Since leather isn’t water resistant it’s not ideal to have the tissue box in your guest bathroom. When the leather becomes damp it can lose its supple quality and become stiff and brittle. Leather can also catch fingerprints so that should be something your housekeepers keep in mind.

Resin tissue box covers are a chic little piece of décor and are mostly found in 4 & 5-star properties. This material really transforms and elevates your guest room space.

  • Advantages:
    • Good Quality
    • Presentable
    • Very serviceable
    • Durable & hard wearing
    • Great in any environment
    • Multiple finishes and styles 
  • Disadvantages:
    • Resin can be more expensive but will last longer, which will actually save you money in the long run.
    • Can smash if dropped too hard on a tiled floor.

In summary, buying an elegant tissue box cover can really add that special touch to your rooms whereas an uncovered box could potentially ruin the aesthetics. By matching the box to your décor or to other room accessories such as the decorative pillows on the bed or the soap dish in the bathroom it can really create a beautiful and elegant atmosphere while still being functional. As well as that they have been proven to save your tissue consumption, as the boxes are kept dry in a damp bathroom environment.

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Sabrina Justen

Sabrina is a seasoned digital marketing manager with 10+ years of B2B & B2C experience in the tech and SaaS space. She is focused on building and implementing strategies that innovate, create awareness, and generate demand. Sabrina executes brand/product development through strategic alignment, passion, resolute focus, and inspired teams.