When you’re a busy family, your bathroom is likely to get a lot of use! From toilet-training toddlers and teenagers hogging the shower, to that blissful bath at the end of a long day to unwind. Here’s how to make sure your bathroom is perfect for your family.
What do you need?
Are you a family that needs a separate shower, or is a large bathtub a must-have? Consider what you have the space for, and what is a priority for your brood. For example, if you’re short on space, one thing you might want to consider is the many types of shower cabins, to see if there is one that takes up a small enough area. Even if you have a separate cabin, having a shower unit over the bath will make hair washing simple and make it much easier to rinse out the tub. Weigh up your options.
Storage, storage, storage
When several people are using the same space every day, you are going to end up with a lot of different products. Clutter can really ruin the relaxed vibe of a room, so be sure to get some practical storage to keep everything organised. That doesn’t mean that your storage solutions can’t also be stylish. A nice set of drawers will keep everything out of sight but can be themed to match the rest of your room. Perhaps give each person a basket, caddy, or drawer to keep their own products in to make it easy to stay organised and avoid arguments.
If you keep your specific bathroom cleaning products in the bathroom, it means you’ll be able to do a quick wipe-round daily and keep things clean and tidy. If you have small children, you could use their bathtime to do a scrub of the shower, but remember to keep all chemicals locked safely away, and keep an eye on them in the tub.
Keep a chair in the bathroom
This might sound random, but if you have room, a small chair is a handy thing to keep in your bathroom. It’s perfect for sitting on while supervising bathtime, laying out PJs for post-bathtime, or applying make-up. Once you’ve got a chair in the bathroom, you’ll be surprised how often you use it, and you’ll wonder what you ever did before.
If you have an ensuite to your master bedroom, use that as a luxe space, full of fluffy, white, Egyptian cotton towels and ornate tiles. In your family bathroom, you’re going to want to think practically: easy-clean surfaces, storage, towels that will hide a multitude of sins. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to keep a few older towels in the back of your airing cupboard for when the teenager wants to dye her hair, or the little ones are covered in paint.
There is a delicate balance between function and style, and it all starts with what you need for your family.