Bathrooms should be relaxing havens, a perfectly tranquil place for those bubble baths and ideal spots for a little me-time. Yet when you have a family to cater for, especially with small children, your relaxing haven can sometimes turn into chaos, especially if your bathroom isn’t well suited or big enough for a growing family. There’s no reason that your bathroom can’t be both family-friendly and a perfect relaxation spot, however.
Here’s how to create a bathroom fit for all your family needs.
1. Adequate Storage
As with any room in your house, you’re going to need a lot of storage when you have children, and the bathroom is no different. Bathrooms can get piled up and cluttered with child-friendly necessities, such as their favourite shampoos, soaps and bath toys, not to mention childcare essentials like medicine, first-aid kits and lice-shampoo (when that unfortunate period of their life hits!).
So utilizing your bathroom for the handiest space possible is going to be a huge plus. Storage space also means that your children’s items can be out of sight rather than cluttered around the bath or on the floor, meaning that when you’re spending some time in the bathroom, it won’t always feel like a children’s playground.
You can install storage under your sink, through using wall cabinets and even above the toilet cistern.
2. Choose a Color Scheme That Suits Everyone
A family-friendly bathroom doesn’t have to mean that you have to decorate to your kids’ taste – you can save that for their personalized bedrooms. You can add a splash of color to your bathroom in a way which everyone will appreciate, and this could be through a quirky shower curtain, colored towels, or a sparkly bathmat or toilet seat. Whatever your taste, ensure you stick to a style which you can enjoy and appreciate but which will stimulate your children, too.
3. Have Both a Bath and Shower if you can
Having the option of both is a huge win when you have a growing family – bath time is always easier for younger children, and of course it also offers you the opportunity to have a relaxing soak from time to time. However, having the bonus of a shower to freshen up in the morning quickly is always a plus. Depending on the size of your bathroom, you may be able to install both – if your bathroom is small, however, you may have to forgo the bath. If a bath is able to be installed in your bathroom, you can always consider an over-the-bath shower instead of a separate free-standing shower, meaning you still get the best of both without sacrificing floor space.
If you need advice regarding bath or shower installation in your bathroom, you can search for “plumbers in my area” and have a professional provide advice and an estimate for you.
4. Use Tiles
For a family-friendly bathroom, you’ll need surfaces which are easy to clean, as mess and spills are bound to happen. Tiling is the best choice for your flooring and walls, as it’s so easy to clean and maintain. Opting for wooden bathroom flooring, for example, can be harder to keep on top of when it comes to wear and tear with your children, so tiling is definitely the better option.
Tiles come in a variety of patterns, styles and colors, so you can still decorate your bathroom to your taste even if you have to choose tiles for the kids.
5. Choose Individual Towels
It’s always nice when you can have a big, fluffy towel reserved for yourself without the kids getting their hands on it. Likewise, your kids will love having their own towel set to use, especially if you can choose some fun designs with their favorite Disney or Superhero characters printed on it.
For extra design help, you could arrange your towel racks and hooks at differing heights on the wall – meaning your kids can always reach their own towels but aren’t able to reach yours!
There are plenty of extra design features to consider when planning a family-friendly bathroom, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience – and it also doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on your own comfort or tastes either. When designing a family-friendly bathroom, just ensure that you have features and colors which suit everybody – and remember that extra storage is a huge plus for everyone.
Here is a previous post of mine about bathroom facts, but I’m pleased to announce that we have actually renovated our ‘boring’ bathroom now.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post