A Grooming Space to Meet the Needs of Many
We have all heard the term family friendly bathroom but what does that really mean? What exactly is a family bath and how do we make it family friendly for users both big and small without compromising usability and style.
How do we create the informality of a children’s bath with the functionality and practicality of a grown up bathroom. Children like to play and adults like to lounge so why not combine the two and create a bathroom where family members can bathe, perform grooming duties, read and congregate as necessary.
The other thing that both adults and children need is storage on all levels and the next thing you should try to incorporate into your family friendly bath is a relaxed timeless style that allows bathers to lounge and linger by integrating personal touches to create a customized bathroom space designed for the whole family.
Plan to Adapt for Household Usage Changes
Just remember your family friendly bathroom should be flexible enough to adapt to your families changing needs as they grow.
Families are always on the go, so when you are planning a bath for multiple users, organization will save you a lot of headaches. If you are fortunate to have the luxury of space in your family bathroom you can compartmentalize you bathroom into task areas to make the most of your bathroom space and also offer some form of privacy for multiple users.
Try to take into account all the different activities that may be performed in your family friendly bathroom, from grooming to playing to reading stories to your children as they bathe or catching up on the latest romance novel as you lounge in that big upholstered chair beside the tub.
Timeless Decorative Choices
A general central bath, like a deck mounted tub with a non-slip bath mat on the bottom, is usually a good starting point. Surrounded the tub with everything a growing family that uses a bathroom together needs; things like upholstered lounging furniture, reading material, toys and family pictures all add to the family atmosphere of the family friendly bathroom.
We all know that as children grow their needs, capabilities and tastes change, so make your bathroom colors generic and timeless. No bold primary colors, while these colors look great on tug boats and rubber duckies, as teenagers they will not appreciate the same gaudy colors that made bath time fun as a child.
If you need to add colors do so by introducing it in the decor accessories, towels, toys, art etc. These bathroom accessories can all be replaced as moods and tastes change.
Modular Storage Gives You More Flexibility
When it comes to storage, open adjustable bathroom shelves or modular storage units along the lower part of one of your bathroom walls makes storage of toys and towels easily accessible to younger children and also allows you to place pictures, knickknacks and baskets of accessories on the top of the shelves out of the reach of curious little fingers.
Movable storage options also allows you to rearrange and transform your family friendly bathroom from a kids paradise into a home spa as they mature and begin to appreciate the comfortable furnishings and personal accents that only maturity can bring.
Keeping clutter to a bare minimum on your bathroom floors is critical to keeping your family bathroom safe. And because little children need help bathing, brushing their teeth, and using the potty, there must be enough space for both the child and parent to move around freely in your family friendly bathroom.
Dual Sinks Increases Functionality
Because the family bathroom is such a busy area especially in the morning and before bed time, having multiple side by side sinks ensures that there is plenty of room for family members to get ready in the morning and plenty of storage underneath.
Faucets with large rounded easily gripped handles and interesting ornate designs add interest to the decor as well as maintain longevity of design. And try to get mixer faucets to reduce unnecessary scalding.
Bathtubs big enough to bathe two children at a time can save on water and reduce the amount of time spent in your family friendly powder room. A shower curtain, as opposed to glass shower doors, provides easy accessibility for parents supervising their youngsters taking a shower.
Foot stools can be used by children to access sinks or parents to sit on as they sit beside the tub to oversee their tots. Use slip resistant flooring and mop up water spills as soon as possible.
A family friendly bathroom should be functional and relaxing, thoughtful space planning can help you create a family friendly bathroom that is cheerful and inviting with lots of storage space, so both child and adult can enjoy it for a very long time to come.
As a final note don’t forget about your pets, since most pets are considered family members its always a good idea to take into account how you can make your bathroom safe for your pets as well.
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