Creating a Kid-Friendly Bathroom: Design Tips for the Little Ones

When designing a kid-friendly bathroom, it’s important to remember that kids don’t stay little for long. You don’t want to spend a lot of money redoing the room after each growth spurt, so consider laying out the space with an eye toward the future. For example, if you have room, consider installing a tub that doubles as a shower to eliminate the need for a separate tub and to make the transition to showers easier. You can also add smart products like hands-free faucets and self-cleaning toilets that will help keep the space sanitary and save on energy costs.

Color is a must in any child’s bathroom, but it’s important to avoid oversaturating the space with saturated hues and cartoon-themed patterns. Instead, choose neutral finishes and opt for colorful accents in subtle forms, like the pale pink grout seen here in a walk-in shower designed by Kureck Jones. The result is a bathroom that reads as sophisticated, but still feels fun and youthful.

Another way to introduce a pop of color is to paint an accent wall or add wainscoting in a bright hue. This allows you to experiment with a bold shade without committing to an entire room and will give the space a fresh, modern look that can grow with your children. Wainscoting is also easy to clean and can be painted with semi-gloss or glossy paint, which makes it resistant to moisture.

A step stool is a must-have for kids, as most itemsĀ in the bathroom are often too high for them to reach (like sinks and mirrors). Toy boxes can be used as step stools as well and can serve as a place to stow dirty clothes or bath toys.

One of the most common accidents that occur in bathrooms is slips and falls, so it’s essential to keep safety top-of-mind when designing a kid-friendly bathroom. To prevent injuries, install nonskid flooring and consider adding grab bars to the tub and shower.

It’s a good idea to include plenty of storage in any kids bathroom, as kids are notorious for losing things. Opt for open shelving rather than closed cabinetry, which will allow your children to see and access their belongings. Open shelves can also be easily reorganized as your kids grow up and your needs change.

Kids are prone to overstimulation, and overstimulation can lead to bathroom bottlenecks and fights. Create a squabble-free layout by setting aside a separate vanity station for each child and ensuring that there is enough elbow room to get around. If your space is large, you can even opt for a trough sink that has enough elbow room for multiple kids to brush their teeth at once.

Keeping your bathroom sleek and stylish is a challenge when you’re designing it for kids, but it is possible with these smart design tips. Display their finger-paint artwork or hang souvenirs from local trips (like these framed shells from Central New Jersey beaches) to make the space more personal for everyone who uses it.