Family Friendly Home Improvement

by Rachel Laurendeau on June 20, 2012

In many homes, one bathroom must serve both the master bedroom and the kids’ rooms. When a family must share a bathroom, it’s important to have plenty of storage, a nice big tub and shower and decor to suit everyone’s tastes.

Storage
Twin vanities or one large vanity with double sinks allow for one for the adults and one for the kids. The vanity that you choose should have lots of storage space to accommodate everyone’s stuff. If your vanity is on the small side, consider putting in shelves or other cabinetry for storage. Having large open baskets on shelves lets kids grab what they need without having to rummage around.

Fixtures and Fittings
If you are replacing the bathtub, choose one that will suit bathing the kids and allow for showers for the parents. If your kids are past the age of needing you to help bathe them, the height of the tub is less important. But, if you are just starting your family, you may want head to a showroom where you can kneel next to the tub and bend over as if washing a baby. If it is too high to lean over, you may end up with unnecessary backache. But, if it is too shallow, the grown-ups in the family won’t be able to have long luxurious soaks. It’s a toss up. You need to decide what is more important for you and your family in the long run. If you have a tub that is already the perfect size but just needs a little love, why not call in the pros for bathtub refinishing service?

I wouldn’t recommend putting in a lower vanity but I would suggest staying away from vessel sinks when there are little ones about. Imagine the extra mess every time they wash their hands or brush their teeth with a vessel sink that is harder to reach. Toilets too, are available in different heights and should be chosen accordingly. Why get the “comfort height” toilet when it is only comfortable for one or two people in the family?

Accessories
If there is enough room for it, a laundry hamper is handy to have in the bathroom instead of ending up with clothes piled up next to the tub. A little bench or stool is helpful so your kids can reach the sink or see themselves in the mirror more easily.

When choosing accessories, they can be fun and colorful without being too childish. This way, you won’t have to change them in a few short years when your children outgrow them. Plus, as a mom, I don’t have a lot of time to myself. On those rare occasions when I take a long relaxing bath with candles and a glass of wine, I’m happy not to have to stare at a rubber ducky shower curtain the whole time I’m trying to unwind.

Talk to your local tub refinishing expert or home improvement contractor to find out more about creating a family friendly bathroom that both the children and the adults of the family can enjoy.

If you liked this blog post, you may also be interested in reading Kid-Friendly Kitchen Ideas.

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