Are you looking to create a bathroom suitable for your family? A family bathroom needs to be practical, accessible but still relaxing and uncluttered. In this guide we have various bathroom family ideas to show you how to get the most of your space.
Make it Child Friendly
Firstly, here are a few tips and tricks that you can do to ensure your bathroom is a safe and enjoyable environment for your children.
- If your children are at a height where they can reach the taps themselves, you can turn down the high temperature of the hot water directly from your boiler.
- Thermostatic showers offer precise showering at a regulated temperature to reduce the risk of scalding.
- Replace glass tumblers with plastic ones, and any bathroom accessories you may purchase try and opt for shatterproof plastic or resin, to avoid breakages.
- A non slip bath mat with suction cups is a good investment not just for children but the whole family.
- Round off any hard cupboard edges with plastic bumpers, to avoid any child height injuries.
Easy to Use Taps
Mono basin mixers with lever handles are appropriate for children as they're easier to use than pillar taps and allow you to get the perfect balance between hot and cold water, to prevent scalding.
Chrome taps are also great options for family bathrooms as they're easier to clean and maintain than other finishes, such as brushed brass and matt black, and chrome will add some sparkle to your bathroom.
Back to Wall/Rimless Toilets
Back to wall toilets are a stylish option for bathrooms as the cistern is hidden behind the toilet, which allows for an uncluttered look, leaving more storage space for family essentials. Rimless toilets are also a great, modern option as they are easier to clean and more hygienic than standard toilets, giving you more time to spend with your family and less time cleaning!
Soft close seats are a great idea for children to avoid any small fingers getting trapped.
Shower vs Bath Debate
Most families with young children tend to opt for a bath as they provide a focal point to your space and offer an aesthetic appeal. Shower baths are the best option for young children as they give you the best of both worlds if you’re undecided about installing a shower or a bath. You should also opt for a bath screen for your bathroom rather than a curtain, as it’s easier to clean and will help with splashes from small children.
How to Make Bath Time Fun
Bath time can be a chore for young children, so with a few changes, you can make bath time something for them to be excited about! Try mini bath bombs, glow sticks and bath crayons to increase the fun factor. You can also easily make your own bath crayons by melting together leftover soap and crayons, microwaving and freezing into pencil-like shapes. Another crucial top tip is to install your bath taps in the centre of your bath which will stop arguments for who has to sit at the tap end...
Choosing the right furniture for your family bathroom will help to provide enough storage space to avoid a cluttered look.
Wall Hung Vanity Units
Wall hung vanity units are perfect for small family bathrooms, as they save floor space. The space beneath a wall hung vanity could also be the perfect place to keep a stool.
Wall hung vanities also give an uncluttered and clean look to your space, whilst not missing out on important storage space for family bathroom essentials.
Harbour Virtue 600mm Wall Hung Vanity Unit with LED Illumination & White or Grey Basin - Rustic Oak & Matt Black Handle
Double Basin Vanity
Double basin vanity units are highly practical if you've got kids, but they're also very fashionable for standard bathrooms. They’re perfect for larger, more modern family bathrooms that are in frequent use by multiple people!
Let's face it, there's a lot going on in shared bathrooms! Ample storage is an essential to hide away those toiletries and bath toys out of sight, as a cluttered bathroom is the opposite of a relaxing space.
Tall storage cabinets have become increasingly popular for those trying to achieve a minimalist look and wanting to utilise the height of their bathrooms. Tall storage units can also be used to place medicines, glass bottles and sharp objects out of reach of children.
Combination basin and toilet units are great to save you space and give a cleaner looking space. The toilets are super space efficient and compact, as they are intended to keep the concealed cistern out of sight.
Shower caddies and baskets are great storage solutions for shower walls. They’re essential for family bathrooms to store shower products and even bath toys to keep the bathroom uncluttered. For long lasting quality, we recommend opting for polished stainless steel caddy to avoid rust from damp family bathrooms.
We have a large selection of bathroom mirrors available including illuminated, demisting and touch sensor mirrors with shaving sockets. Brighter bathrooms tend to give off a fresh and open feeling. Bluetooth mirrors are also a great idea for modern family bathrooms as they add a fun aspect that kids would look forward to during bath time.
Mirrored cabinets are a great option to provide ample bathroom storage space without losing the value of a mirror.
Family Bathroom Design Ideas
Family bathrooms should be efficient and versatile spaces, but you also want them to look great and feel relaxing.
Flooring and Tiling
Go for easy to clean wall tiling and flooring such as porcelain tiles as they can deal with splashes and moisture. Vinyl floors are also popular as they’re clean and cushioned, which is a great idea for small children who may have falls. Top tip: go for larger tiles as these have less grout lines and are easier to clean!
Shades of white will give a clean, fresh look to your family bathroom and open up the space. Opt for off whites and greys as this won't show dirt and grime as easily. If you have a small bathroom, go for similar shades of floor and wall tiles as this will give the appearance of a larger space. Take a look at our blog on bathroom colour ideas for more interior inspiration.
With this list of family bathroom ideas, you should have all the design inspiration you need to plan the perfect family bathroom. We have more ideas over at our child friendly bathrooms page for further product recommendations.