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Family bathroom planning tips

date iconSeptember 4, 2017

If you’re looking to design the perfect family bathroom, we’ve got a few things you should consider as well as a few top tips from other parents that have made their family bathrooms a cleaner, calmer and ultimately a more enjoyable space.

Your family bathroom should be a practical and flexible space for all the family to use, but it also needs to be presentable to guests and potential buyers, too.

A family bathroom endures a lot of use, so it’s important that firstly you choose robust solutions that won’t break and, secondly make the most of the available space by building in as much storage as possible.

If you’re looking to design the perfect family bathroom, we’ve got a few things you should consider as well as a few top tips from other parents that have made their family bathrooms a cleaner, calmer and ultimately a more enjoyable space to wash away the dirt (and celebrate the last job before bedtime).

Shower/bath design considerations for a family bathroom

  • A double ended bath is ideal if you’re washing more than one child at a time. This way there are no squabbles about who gets the end with the tap!
  • Instead of taps, consider a bath filler that’s fitted centrally on the back wall of the bath. This avoids children from dipping their hands in to potentially hot water, and, no taps to clean, no taps to bump and no taps to clean behind. Win win!
  • If you’re concerned about hot water, a thermostatic safety valve can control the temperature and allow you to save time by chasing down the children whilst still running the bath.
  • For more tub space, you could go for a P shaped bath.
  • Consider putting the shower and bath control at the other end of the bath, this will allow you to push the shower screen against the wall (ensure the showerhead is high enough to clear the top of the screen) making it less awkward to reach and wash small people (this will also allow you to turn the shower on and off without getting your arm wet).
  • Fixed overhead showers look great, but consider including an additional handheld shower that makes it easier to hose down children and keep the bath and tiles clean.
  • Push down plugs can get easily knocked. Avoid losing half your bath water and a bruised toe and go for lever plugs instead.

Other considerations

  • If space is not a concern; two basins will make the morning rush more efficient.
  • Use underfloor heating as an alternative to lots of heated towel rails, which in themselves can pose a risk of burns if being used to heat the room as opposed to just warming your towels.
  • Install lever taps, these are the easiest for children to turn on and off.
  • Consider storage solutions for a potty, sink stool, spare towels, flannels, toiletries and toilet paper as you can’t leave a child unattended, even for a second.
  • A soft closing toilet lid saves your ears as well as their fingers.
  • To aid cleaning and keep your bathroom looking nicer for longer, opt for grey grout as opposed to white.
  • A back to wall toilet will avoid horrid stuff accumulating behind it for you to clean.
  • Tile as much of your walls as possible, this create a more hygienic and easier to clean bathroom.
  • Buy a non-slip bath mat and toy net!

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Take a look at our full checklist when planning a new or renovated bathroom  

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