The best home designs are ones that are equipped to grow and change alongside the people who live there. Case and point: a kid’s bathroom. It’s not easy to create a bathroom design that can fit both a kid and adolescent’s needs. And as any parent of a teenager can attest to, there’s no telling how your child’s sense of style will change as he or she grows up.
If you have more than one kid sharing a bathroom, you may want to look into building a Jack and Jill style setup. The best Jack and Jill designs feature a layout that separates the various areas of the bathroom, like the shower and sink areas. That way, each child can have a modest amount of privacy, even though they are sharing the space. Even if you don’t have the space to put in a full Jack and Jill design, you could still get some of the benefits by simply doubling up on the amenities in your bathroom. You may want to install two sinks, two mirrors, two linen closets and two cabinets if space allows. Doubling up helps cut down on crowding and makes it easier to share the space.
One thing that kids and teenagers both have in common is the large amount of “stuff” they store in the bathroom. Kids may clutter the room with bath toys, while teenagers may struggle to find space for their hair products, dryers, flat irons and cosmetics. Both age groups can benefit from ample amounts of built-in storage. Use storage cabinetry along the sides of sinks or near the shower area to store towels, soaps, laundry hampers and other items that may otherwise get thrown on the floor.
Kids have a knack for making watery messes in the bathroom. So you’ll probably want to select bathroom flooring that’s equipped to handle spills. Ceramic or porcelain tiles are always a good bet accompanied by a tile baseboard for easy clean up. Look for a design that features an anti-slip texture if you are concerned about safety.
The best advice for creating a dynamic kid’s bathroom design is to stick to neutral styles when it comes to some of the larger elements. Try to look for showers, sinks and tile that will look great with any type of décor. Neutral pieces allow you to easily change the entire look of the bathroom by simply adding a coat of paint and swapping out the decorative items. That way, your children won’t ever outgrow the style. It can simply grow and change whenever they do.