Safety needs to be the first element in a child’s bathroom design, but don’t forget to add a splash of fun. Knowing how quickly children grow, keep versatility in mind, allowing for quick and easy changes. From babies to teens, here are some ideas for creating bathrooms kids will love.
Let them have a say
Children often have strong ideas about what they like and don’t like, so take them shopping with you. Allow them to pick a theme or color scheme from among several choices the adults in the house can live with. Go with neutral paint and tile colors, giving the kids a wider range of choices on things like shower curtains, towels, and soap dispensers.
Giving children ownership of some of the design elements will mean they’re more apt to use the space and help keep it tidy.
Bathroom safety features
For babies and toddlers, bathrooms need to provide a safe place to bathe and learn personal hygiene. Install cabinet locks to keep cleaning supplies, medicines, and other necessities out of reach. Consider a toilet lock as well, as some children are fascinated with the water. Since kids can slip and fall in a wet tub, look for a non-slip mat to place on the bottom. A thermometer will help parents avoid too-hot or too-cold baths.
Storage in a kids’ bathroom
Young children typically enjoy bath toys, which can eat up valuable space otherwise used for necessities like towels, washcloths, and shampoos. For small bathrooms, a “toy catcher” that hangs on the wall with suction cups will save space and keep them accessible. Make sure to have a stool handy so little ones can reach the faucet without climbing. Use color-coded towels and storage bins so each child can easily distinguish their items from their siblings.
Transitioning through the years
Young children typically prefer bright, happy colors in bold patterns, while teens may gravitate toward more muted tones. As the bath toys and stools disappear, you may consider adding a book or magazine rack or extra storage for all those skin, hair, and makeup products that come with the teen years.
Changing towels, shower curtains, and rugs are quick, inexpensive ways to update. For bolder, but still affordable changes, consider painting the vanity, and replacing the mirror or light fixture.
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