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How to make your bathroom family-friendly.


There's more to designing a bathroom than picking a colour scheme, tiles and a bathroom suite when

designing a bathroom with the family in mind.  Parents also need to think about practicality and
safety. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the best ways of designing a family-friendly bathroom. 

Have more storage space than you think you will need.

The bathroom is the most used room in the house and it's used by people of all ages, when it comes
to children quite often you need to bribe them to get into the bath and this can be done through the use
of bathroom toys.  Toys in the bathroom along with everything else an adult needs to keep clean soon
take up a lot of space, therefore you are going to need storage.

If you have a larger bathroom, storage generally isn't an issue, but if you have a smaller bathroom it can
get cluttered very quickly. One way around this is to pick the right bathroom furniture for your room.

Combination units are a great addition to the bathroom as they combine the most used elements such
as a sink, toilet and cupboard space into an all in one solution.

Bathroom suites come in many shapes and types and the one you choose should also be taken into
consideration.  If space is an issue you can combine your bath with a shower.  

Purchase a step stool.

How many of us have fallen or slipped when we have overreached for something in the past? The same
could happen with your children and the bathroom is one place you don't want your child falling.

A step stool can be one of the most cost-effective pieces of furniture that you can purchase to help your
child reach items in your bathroom without overreaching.  A step stool can be used to help your child get
up onto the toilet or it can be used to help them stand over the sink when brushing their teeth.

You can purchase multiple step-stools depending on the age of your child or if you have more than
one child.


Smart flooring choices.

Tiles look great in the bathroom and there are so many options and types to choose from, but when
designing a family-friendly bathroom you should think of safety first.  Non-slip tiles are a must and they
make slips, trips and falls much less likely, however, you should always watch over your children when
they are using the bathroom.

You can also purchase non-slip bathroom mats which children can use to dry their feet on, just make
sure the edges don't roll up as this can present a trip hazard.  

If you're considering marble flooring in the bathroom you should know that marble gets extremely
slippery when wet so it should be avoided until your little ones are older, marble looks great but it's not
worth the risk.

Finally, underfloor heating is also an option, keeping your floor tiles warm can dry up and splashes or
spills quickly.  Underfloor heating also removes the need for a traditional radiator which takes up room,
replacing this allows for more storage space.

Thermostatic taps.

Scalding water is a major danger to small children in the bathroom.  To make your bathroom child-friendly
you should install thermostatic taps that can regulate your water temperature to prevent any nasty scalding
accidents.  If you can't afford to replace the taps in your bathroom right away you could also adjust the
water temperature on your boiler.

Adjusting the water temperature on your boiler is easy and can also save your family money as the
heating costs will be considerably less when you are not warming the water up to boiling every single
use.

Secure your bathroom furniture.

When your children enter your bathroom it's as if they have been placed under a spell and think they are
the newest members of the Cirque du Soleil.  Children often swing from basin to toilet and back again
which can be very dangerous.

Firstly try to stop your children from doing this (easier said than done) and make sure that all your
bathroom furniture is securely fitted.  The last thing any parent wants is their child to fall in the bathroom
and the sink to come down on them.

Consider more units, fixtures and accessories.

In a family bathroom, you are going to be fighting with other relatives when getting ready. If space allows
it, you should look to add more units, more sinks and anything else you can think of that more than one
person would use at a time.

His and her sinks can be a lifesaver when you have a small family, especially when you have more than
one child and have to fight with them to brush their teeth at the same time.

Conclusion.

Making your bathroom family-friendly requires a little planning, thankfully using a little common sense
can go along way and smart decisions when designing your bathroom can minimise the risk to your
family.

Creating a family bathroom isn't about painting a children's theme onto the walls, it's more about creating
a safe space that can be used by all members of the family from young to old.

All of the tips above should help when designing your bathroom with your family in mind.  If you have
any tips that could help please comment them below.

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