The Family Home: Kid-Friendly Bathrooms
8 tips help keep chaos at bay in a bathroom shared by all
Sharing a bathroom with children can be a test of patience. Children can be messy and disorganized, and they usually have a lot of stuff. In my home my family of seven shares two bathrooms. Both are spacious, which is lovely, but we did add some elements in the design that help everyone stay sane and clean. Here are my top eight tips if you're planning a family bathroom or simply looking for ways to make your current bath more family friendly.
1. Buy a step stool. Or better yet, have one built into your vanity like the one pictured here. Bathroom vanities are often designed a bit higher for adult use. If you make the faucet and other necessities your children will need in easier reach, it makes your job keeping them clean easier.
2. Include open shelving. Children have an easier time finding things when they are in plain sight. The open shelving in this vanity holds towels, but you could also use this space to store bath toys.
3. Ditch the towel bar. When planning our baths, instead of picking out towel bars, we opted for hooks. The children hang their towels up on their own, and I never have to fuss with refolding or adjusting.
4. Choose a big sink. If your bathroom has the space, consider a large trough sink instead of double sinks. The larger sink is able to accommodate more hands at once and is quicker to clean.
5. Use family photos as art. Children love seeing images of themselves. Instead of hanging a typical landscape, make things personal by choosing favorite family photos to adorn your walls.
6. Install wainscoting. You probably already know how rough children can be on walls, especially in tight places. Installing wainscoting not only will help protect your sheetrock from dents and scratches, but it will add character to the space.
7. Add more storage. Storage in a bathroom is important. Storage in a bathroom that children use is critical. They have hooded towels, special soaps, toothbrushes that spin and bath toys. Good golly, the bath toys alone need their own cabinet! The cute cupboard over the toilet in this image is the perfect example of using every bit of space possible for storage.
8. Consider full wall tile. This is an especially good tip for the backsplash. Children tend to splash around while washing their hands. A backsplash that continues up to the ceiling will protect your dry wall from getting soggy.
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