When designing a bathroom for the whole family, there are aspects that you need to consider to create a safe and accessible space for all. Not only this, but clever design can play a key role within education and teaching good habits as children grow older and gain independence.
If you like to bathe your children, it is important to consider the amount of space around the bath. You need to make sure there is enough space for the children to safely get in and out, as well as a space for you to sit comfortably. We also recommend creating a space which is easy to maintain, with a limited number of obstacles. Not only will this be easier to clean, but prevent the children from bumping their heads and hurting themselves.
In Carlton, the design is spacious, with different levels of storage to store the family’s everyday essentials. Below the window there is a recess, to house products such as shower gels and shampoo. This makes it easily accessible when showering without having to bend down to the floor.
There are also hooks for the children to hang their robes.
When choosing your family bath, we recommend looking into an internal bath filler. This will allow you to fill your bath in a ‘child-friendly’ way, removing the possibility of them knocking their heads on a wall or deck mounted tap. An internal filler will also increase the amount of space around the bath, allowing you to rest shower gel, shampoo, and toys.
You may also want to consider having a hand shower in the bath to help wash the children’s hair or to aid cleaning.
In Honiton, the design includes a shower screen which you can fold flat, making the bath accessible. With chrome hinges, the entrance isn’t restricted and you can open and close it to make bathing, showering and cleaning easy and convenient.
Tiles have an ‘R-rating’, representing their slip resistance, which ranges from R9 to R13. When choosing your tiles, you may want to think about finding ones on the higher end of the scale as they have the highest slip resistance. Large format tiles are also a great choice for family bathrooms, as there are fewer grout lines, which get dirty easily when there is a lot of water splashing.
Storage is important in a family bathroom, as it will be the hub for multiple members, meaning there needs to be lots of space to store different shampoos, skincare products, towels, and toys!
Having storage at different heights will teach children good habits, keeping their items accessible on lower levels to allow them to gain independence. Taller storage units can keep items out of reach from them too, allowing you to store and hide items like medicine safely.
Moulded basins with a vanity beneath offer great storage solutions for family life, being easy to access at low levels. Furthermore, by choosing a moulded basin, it doesn’t matter if water splashes everywhere as they are much easier to clean in comparison to a bowl on top.
Our New Malden project was designed for a teenage boy who loved the Chelsea Football team. The tiles are blue subway tiles, adding fun and character to the space whilst keeping it timeless. In the shower, we included a niche to allow the client to store his showering products, being easily accessible.
In a family bathroom, we recommend including a wall-mounted toilet as they are easier to clean, and they make the space look bigger. Here, we recommend setting the flush plate lower, to teach the children to close the toilet when they flush it.
Having a soft close seat will also be beneficial for a growing family.
Underfloor heating is a good addition to a family bathroom, providing you with a warm surface to sit on as you bathe the children. When they get out of the bath, their feet will stay nice and toastie too.
If you decide to include heated towel rails in your bathroom design, we recommend positioning them slightly higher so the children don’t lean against them and hurt themselves.
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