Designing a kid-friendly bathroom takes a bit of common sense, and a whole lot of creativity. And it’s not just a challenge for parents. Kids can struggle reaching sinks atop the bathroom vanity, or climbing into deep and slippery tubs. Keeping both fun and function in mind, here are four ways to make a splash in your child’s bathroom.
Create A Space That Will Grow With Your Child
As much as we would like them too, kids don’t stay little forever. As they get taller, they will eventually need a taller bathroom vanity and toilet. Don’t limit your home with child-sized fixtures, unless you are okay with replacing that tiny toilet and low bathroom vanity in a few years. Instead, choose simple, clean lines that are timeless, and opt for the adult-sized vanity and toilet. Then add the well-placed (and temporary) step stool where needed.
Make It Kid-Proof
Depending on the age of your child, you may want to childproof the bathrooms in your home. That includes locks on cabinet doors that hide medicines, toiletries, cleaning supplies, trashcans, and other hazards, anti-slip bath mats or appliques in the tub and shower, anti-scald devices, soft spout guards, baby-safe doorknob covers, and toilet locks.
Aside from the possible dangers lurking in the bathroom, you also want to choose durable, kid-proof materials and products that will stand the wear and tear a toddler (or pre-teen) can dish out. Finally, consider installing backsplash tile to protect the wall behind the tub from wet kids at play.
Keep Storage In Mind
You will need a designated place to house all the bath toys and personal items your child needs. If your bathroom does not have a linen closet, consider bathroom wall storage cabinets for towels, and then add baskets or bins to help organize those odds and ends like Band-Aids, cotton swabs, thermometers, and bubble bath. Install tilt out trays in faux drawer fronts for easy access to toothpaste and toothbrushes. Place hooks on the wall for bathrobes and wet towels.
Make It Kid-Friendly
Add personality to your child’s bathroom with paint and accessories. Start by choosing a shower curtain in a fun print, and pull colors from the fabric for wall paint and towels. Find coordinating accessories that fit your theme, such as whimsical wall art, bath mats, hand towels, area rugs, and soap dispensers. Accessories are generally inexpensive and can be changed out as your child outgrows them, so don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun. Remember, you want to create a space your child will love, so go ahead and make a splash when it comes to kid-friendly decor!
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