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Kids Bathroom Ideas
Bathrooms, restrooms, lavatories, the loo. No matter where you are from or how old you are, we are all very familiar with THE bathroom. How much time do you spend in the bathroom? And how much time do you spend in your kids’ bathroom helping them with all the routines like tooth brushing, bathing, and potty training?
As your children grow, you want to help them become more independent, especially regarding bathroom routines. Do your kids get easily distracted in the mornings while getting ready for school? Do they fight over the sink or towels or toilet time? What better way to help them become more independent and focused than to create a fun, kid-friendly bathroom? And you can achieve this without having to go through an expensive bathroom renovation. Whether you have small children or older children in their teen years, we have some great ideas to help create a fun, productive, and safe kid’s bathroom in this blog post.
Organization is vital to a productive family bathroom, whether you have some extra storage space with double vanities or just enough elbow room to get in and out quickly. The goal is to ensure the essential elements are available and everyone utilizes the bathroom space effectively.
Kids have short attention spans, so you’ll want to create a clutter-free area with their necessary items like toothbrushes and hairbrushes easily accessible. If you do not have that much storage, you can add some simple and easy additions to your bathroom to help make it a productive space. Simply adding open shelving is a great way to add extra storage space.
You can find affordable floating shelves at your local hardware store or online. You can paint them bright colors or add stencils or stickers for a fun theme. Also, adding additional towel hooks is easy and affordable to do. You can drill hardware hooks into the wall for those large towels or purchase some hooks that stick to the wall without damaging the paint. Regardless of the kids’ bathroom size, there are many ways to make it organized and fun.
When it comes to younger kids, safety and usability are essential. Easy access to the faucet and toilet seat is necessary for the younger kids. If your little one is working on being potty trained, you can add a colorful training toilet seat and a small step stool to your existing toilet.
You can also purchase a small fold-up travel seat that works great on the road and at home. And there’s always the classic potty training seat made for a standard-height toilet with an attached ladder and handles. If you have an extra budget, you can buy child-sized toilets. They are great for potty training but come with the extra cost of replacing your toilet. Kids grow fast, so it’s up to your budget and how many little ones will use the small toilet.
With all this talk of toilets, you’re probably thinking about washing those little hands. Adding a fun, kid-friendly soap dispenser and a faucet extender is great for young kids.
I’ve also seen some cute ideas at daycares and gyms where a colorful character is drawn on the mirror with a note reminding them to wash their hands. If you have plenty of space, a built-in step stool is great to add under the sink. Step stools are also great if you have a standard-height vanity and your little ones have a hard time reaching the items they need.
Finally, making sure to pay special attention to safety hazards is critical. If you have a medicine cabinet containing toxic chemicals, you will want to make sure to secure the door with a safety lock. You’ll also want to dial back the hot water temperature on your water heaters to prevent burns. Be sure to have access to plenty of towels as well. When kids have access to water, you’re guaranteed to have some slippery surfaces, so the more towels and bath mats, the better.
Bathrooms for Older Children
If you have older children or need to create a shared bathroom space for adults, you’ll want to ensure you have plenty of storage—teenagers like their items to be stored away and out of reach of their little siblings. Also, if you have visitors or house guests, you do not want your children’s items everywhere.
And don’t forget the shower. Everyone has their special soap, sponge, shampoo, etc. There are several ways to add more shelving in the shower. You can find several options of racks that either hang over the shower head or smaller shelves that suction directly onto the shower walls. Adding some easy, non-drilling storage options, regardless of your space, can go a long way.
Creating Fun Bathrooms on a Budget
Now, let’s talk about fun. Several awesome and simple ideas can add that fun element to any child’s bathroom, regardless of age. Adding a colorful shower curtain with matching bath mats, toothbrush holders, and bath towels is easy. Add cute and colorful educational bath toys to make bath time fun for young children.
Regardless of how big or small your bathroom is, just adding bright-colored accessories can help make the space fun. If you are a handy person and want to add a backsplash or replace some tiles, small details like bright tiles can add a playful look. Also, choosing a bright paint color is an easy way to brighten a bathroom.
New or Remodeled Bathrooms
If you have the opportunity to build out a new bathroom design from scratch, knowing you want to make it a child-friendly bathroom, a low-maintenance space is the way to go. Children of all ages can be messy, clumsy, and curious, so the easier it is to finish those morning and evening routines, the better.
A large, open, brightly tiled shower is a great focal point in all bathrooms. Little kids love a fun bath time, but as they get older, a quick shower seems to be the preferred way to go. If you go for a single walk-in shower layout without a bathtub or build out a separate shower from the bathtub, adding shower niches into your shower walls is a great use of space.
High-level recessed shelving is excellent for storing older children’s or adult products like shampoos, soaps, and razors. A shower head with an additional wand extension is perfect for little kids (and pets). The wand can be mounted lower in the shower or bath, making head washing much more efficient.
Minimizing clutter and having practical storage is super important. One of the best ways to achieve that is having a good vanity. There are several types of bathroom vanities to choose from. A taller vanity is an excellent use of space for added storage. You can also add some small recessed shelves or a small bathroom vanity on the smaller sections of the walls. This is a great option for adding some additional storage in small places.
Finally, double sinks or a large trough sink are great for shared bathrooms. A hands-free faucet is a great idea for younger children and can help reduce the amount of hot water used, especially for those little ones who have difficulty washing their hands with the proper water temperature. Using any smart appliance can help save water and energy and help keep things sanitary.
Whether you’re simply redecorating and child-proofing your children’s bathrooms or getting ready to remodel, there are plenty of ways to create a fun and safe space that will last a long time. You can create a kid-friendly bathroom by simply incorporating bright colors, adding extra storage, and creating easy access to appliances.
We all know how important bathroom time is, and with just a few additions or tweaks, it can be an easy and stress-free step during those morning and evening routines. Remember that old saying, the days are long, but the years fly by, so enjoy those ‘bathroom’ moments while you can.