A Bathroom Built for Two

by Jane VanOsdol on May 13, 2011

Hectic mornings aren’t made any easier by two people battling over the bathroom. If you’re constantly fighting with your spouse for sink, shower and mirror time, it might be time for a bathroom remodel. End the battles by transforming your space from a bathroom designed for one to a peaceful his-and-her space made for two.

The keys to two people coexisting in one space are organization, storage, double sinks and a décor you both like. For organization and storage, it helps if both people have their own space for stowing toiletries and personal items. It’s easy to find organizational cabinets and drawers at any of the big box stores and specialty shops. Especially helpful are pullout shelves for cabinets. These help you to access all the space in a cabinet, relieving you of having to reach way to the back of the shelves. One possibility is Rev-A-Shelf pullout baskets from Lowes.

Installing either separate vanities and sinks or one long vanity with a double sink is probably the best tip to relieve fighting in the ranks over bathroom space. If your vanity is located on a long wall, one efficient design is to purchase two matching sinks and vanities, locating them on both ends of the long wall. Between the two vanities, have a bathroom remodeling or home improvement company build a floor-to-ceiling custom cabinet. The cabinet in the middle creates a nicely designated his-and-her space on either side, giving you both the elbow room you need to get ready in the mornings. One suggestion for the custom shelf is to leave the upper half of the cabinet open with shelves, while enclosing the lower half with a cabinet door. Open shelves are a popular trend right now in kitchen and bath design, because they are both functional and artsy.

Above each sink, install a separate medicine chest or cabinet so that each of you has a place for any meds or other items. Choose the light fixtures that will cast just the right amount of light into the space for applying makeup and styling your hair.

If you have the budget to allow for it, another perfect his-and-her touch would be to install the ioDIGITAL by Moen. This is a shower attachment for vertical spas, showers and Roman tubs. One of its many features is that it allows you to set your preferred water settings as one of its four available presets. Your spouse can do the same.

Finally, select a color palette that you both agree upon. Neutral shades of beige, white and ivory are always good choices for bathrooms. Soothing colors like aqua or mocha are other possibilities.

Call a truce in your bathroom battles with a bath remodel built for two. You’ll leave the house on a much happier note each morning.

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