Whether you’re expecting your first child, or already have a growing family, you can have a lot of fun designing and remodeling a bathroom that’s tailor made just for kids. While it’s tempting to go overboard on cuteness when they’re little, your child won’t want that rubber ducky theme forever. We have a few suggestions on how to keep the bathroom age appropriate through the years, while still keeping fun and function in mind.
Simple Fixtures, Simple Changes
So how do you design a kids’ bathroom that will grow with your child? By keeping it simple. The idea is to have a good base to build on, and then choose elements or accessories that can be easily changed.
The basic structures should be function-oriented, such as a sink/cabinet with plenty of storage for towels and washcloths. It should also have some drawers to hold cotton swabs, combs, hairbrushes and your daughter’s cute barrettes. Incorporate some pizzazz by having your bathroom remodeler install a colorful countertop or fun drawer pulls. A whimsical rug on a neutral tile floor can be replaced with a more sophisticated one when your child hits their teens.
Walls: Unless you want to keep repainting again and again, select a neutral wall color and go from there. Any room theme can be easily created by putting up removable wall decals – simply take them down and replace with new ones for a change in theme.
Accommodating Your “Mini-Me”
Kids grow up fast, but they’re still short little creatures for quite a few years. Towel bars can be mounted with both an upper and lower bar, so kids can reach their own bath towels while they’re young. Wall-mounted cup dispensers should be placed within reach of little arms, but not where your 12-year-old will bump elbows with it. If your home improvement plans allow for a floor plan change, have your bathroom remodeler create a nook for a toddler’s potty seat; you can always use the space later for a bathroom scale or a free standing shelf unit.
On a final note, there are many fun kids’ accessories out there such as trash cans, shower curtains and mirrors. Even accent tiles and light fixtures can be swapped out occasionally to keep the bathroom interesting and lively for kids of any age.
For more ideas on how to design a fun and functional kids’ bathroom, call or visit your local home improvement contractor.