How to Create the Perfect Family Bathroom in 6 Easy Steps
From a full night’s sleep to an uninterrupted bubble bath, we have to sacrifice many things when we have kids. As the proud owner of 2 small children, this is certainly the case for us. One such area of our life we have had to change is the design of each room in our house. Gone are the days of plush pale rugs & low-level displays.
One room that is absolutely vital to be child friendly is the bathroom. However, as ours is a shared bathroom, it needs to be somewhere we can enjoy as adults too. So how can you create a family bathroom that meets everyone’s needs?
Waterproof, Non-Slip Flooring
Choosing flooring can be a daunting task as there are so many options available. Not only does it need to look good, but it must also be practical.
Primarily, a family bathroom floor needs to be waterproof & non-slip. It must be able to withstand frequent splashes & puddles (particularly if you have young children) & be safe when wet. Vinyl or laminate flooring is the softest underfoot & should little ones happen to take a tumble, although ceramic tiles are the hardest wearing. There’s an amazing range of colours & designs whatever flooring type you go for making it easy to complement your own style. As an additional extra, underfloor heating is a great option for warming those toes.
Soft Close Toilet Seat
A practical alternative to traditional toilet seats, soft close seats are a must for a family bathroom. Soft close seats are near enough impossible to slam & create minimal noise when closed. They are particularly useful for families with children as it’s so much easier for little hands to close the seat minimising the risk of getting their fingers trapped or injured.
Soft close toilet seats are easy to install & easier to clean than their traditional counterparts. A seat with a quick release function is easy to remove & allows for easier access to clean the toilet bowl. The seats are usually also made out of bacteria resistant materials, helping to prevent the formation of mould & mildew.
One of the main considerations of a bathroom that is used by everyone is how to create effective storage.
Choosing complementary bathroom furniture is an integral part of designing a bathroom. It is not only aesthetically pleasing, but is also extremely practical when used correctly. To store all those toiletries & towels etc. utilising as much of the available space as possible is key. Invest in individual items such as large wall cabinets or under sink cupboards. There is also the option to purchase complete sets of bathroom furniture. How about hidden storage? There is a large amount of wasted space under the bath which can be transformed into a really useful area.
Thermostatic Mixer Shower
A thermostatic mixer shower is designed to use both hot & cold water mains. These are then fed into a valve which blends them together to the required temperature. These are ideal & safe for family bathrooms as, if a toilet is flushed, a tap is turned on or another device that uses water (dishwasher, washing machine) is on, the temperature will remain the same. The valves can also be set to an optimum temperature so controls don’t need to be fiddled with every time someone gets in. There is also an additional safety feature on some whereby hotter temperatures can’t be reached without pressing an override button.
P-Shaped or L-Shaped Bath
Ideally, a family bathroom should have a bath. Most children LOVE bath time, spending time splashing around in the water & blowing bubbles. L-Shaped or P-Shaped shower baths are an ideal choice for families as they give maximum space for bathing whilst also providing a wider area to move around more freely when showering. They negate the need for a separate shower cubicle if space is an issue.
With young children, choose a bath that is smooth with no hard edges to keep little heads safe from bumps.
Heated Towel Rail
A busy family bathroom would certainly benefit from a large heated towel rail. A towel rail with plenty of bars will create a space for multiple family towels. Not only will this reduce clutter, but will also keep the towels warm & toasty.
A further advantage of a heated towel rail, especially those with an integrated mini-radiator, is that it will keep the bathroom at a comfortable temperature so no need for little toes to step into a chilly bathroom on a cold, winter morning.
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