The Family Look
DON’T FORGET THESE KEY DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS:
• Include plenty of storage for toiletries and toys
• Factor a bath into the design
• Maximise floor space especially next to the bath
• Choose waterproof and easy to clean surfaces without sacrificing on style
LAYOUT & DESIGN
Look at your existing bathroom layout and assess how well it performs. Are there any ways you could rework the space to give it a boost? This could be anything from structural changes such as stealing space from an adjoining room or raising a window to fit a basin below it, to simpler design tricks such as space-saving fittings or swapping a bulky radiator for underfloor heating. If there’s enough space, installing two basins rather than one or a larger basin to share with two sets of taps and plentiful storage, can really speed up the morning rush.
Don’t forget the golden rule: you can never have too much storage. Keeping your bathroom free from clutter will make it feel more spacious and relaxing. Choose bathroom furniture with built-in storage such as a vanity unit instead of a pedestal and a mirrored wall cabinet, and set mirrors and cabinets at a height that works for all, so that kids can access their own toiletries and accessories. Always keep cleaning products and medicines out of reach of children.
Use any necessary boxing in (for example to house a WC cistern, pipework, or shower valves) to create clever niche shelving to offer even more storage. Leave these open to display stylish bottles or accessories, or add doors to hide clutter from view.
There’s a wealth of bathroom kit that’s designed to make a family bathroom run like clockwork. Choose easy-to-operate taps and shower controls as well as push button flush plates for the WC for kids. Hand-held showers in shower enclosures or on bath mixers are great for washing children’s hair, and come in really handy when cleaning the bath or enclosure.
If you’ve got space for a separate shower enclosure, go for one with a sliding door to save floor space and make it easier for you to help kids when they’re showering. Whether you have an over bath shower or an enclosure, opt for thermostatic or digital shower valves so that you can set the temperature to reduce the risk of scalding.
All it takes is good planning, clever design tricks, and the right choice of products to ensure that the family bathroom is not only practical and safe, but it ticks the box for good looks, too.