When designing a family-friendly bathroom there can be a lot to think about to make sure it’s safe for children to use, as well as being a space for adults to enjoy and relax.
From adding child-friendly fixtures and fittings to preventing wet floors, here are some ways to design a bathroom for all the family to use.
Storage and stopping access
Storage is usually an important factor in a family bathroom. It’s often a space where children’s bath toys need to be kept, but is also a place where you will want to relax, like enjoy a good soak in the bath. So it makes sense to fit ample storage in your bathroom, so toys can be hidden away to keep shelves decluttered and floors free. Storage units, like Pebble Grey Cabinets, fitted to the wall or alongside a vanity unit, can help provide a place for keeping bath time toys, as well as toiletries and your bathroom essentials.
It’s a good idea to have separate storage, so you’re able to keep your children’s toys separate from your own and both are easy to find whenever they’re needed. It’s also important to make sure dangerous items, like razors, scissors, harmful substances, and medication is kept out of reach, like hidden in a high bathroom cabinet. High shelves and hanging baskets are also an option. When it comes to stopping children having access like this, you should also put a lid lock on your toilet.
Fixtures and fittings
When thinking about designing your child-friendly bathroom it’s wise to remember that you children will grow up, so you should include fixtures and fittings that are suitable for a child and a teenager. Therefore, it’s best to avoid miniature sinks and small toilets as they will probably need to be replaced a few years later.
Consider, instead, things like a children’s seat, which can be easily fitted to a toilet seat, and pull-out steps to give little ones access to a wash basin. Other things can help too, like a shower bath with an adjustable shower head, which is ideal both for an adult shower and children’s bath time. A dual sink is also good for creating more space and to allow young ones to use a sink at the same time as a parent, as well as room to store children’s toiletries. It’s also wise to make sure your sink and bath don’t have sharp corners.
Decorating and colour
When decorating your bathroom, it’s best to avoid childish wall features of rainbows, ducks and boats. While such images and themes might be good for your children now, they might not be so appealing when they’re a few years older. Instead, consider adding splashes of colour, like a colourful shower curtain or a printed window blind, which make your bathroom more child-friendly and can be easily removed.
Tiled floors and walls is also a great option when decorating. They can look classy and stylish, appealing to adults, but are easy to wipe down and clean if children get carried away at bath time or shampoo is split.
Controlling hot water
Hot water can be the biggest safety issue in a bathroom, as children are at risk from being scalded by high temperatures.
It’s wise to fit thermostatic features, like anti-scald devices, to a shower head and taps to help control temperatures from getting too hot. You should also consider fitting a mixer tap for your bath and wash basin. This allows hot and cold water to flow from a single tap, so cold water can flow all the time and prevent water from getting too hot.
Preventing wet floors
Wet floors can be another big safety issue for children in a bathroom, which can cause easy slips and falls. So it’s important to stop your bathroom floors from getting wet, as best you can.
There are different ways to prevent wet floors, some more costly than others. The cheapest option is to place a colourful bath mat, which can soak up water well while being inviting for children to use when they step out of the bath. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, non-slip tiles can be a good option. At the costlier, but, still, effective, end of the scale is underfloor heating. This can help dry up water and keep your family’s feet warm when barefooted in the bathroom. A corner bath can also minimise splashing. Fitting a glass door or enclosure to your shower bath can control water splashes and spillages too.
What do you think of these tips? Are you planning to transform your bathroom into a family-friendly bathroom? Will this be useful? Do you have more tips for us?
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