Almost every room in your home is designed to accommodate adult-sized bodies instead of kid-sized. Bathrooms are no different, making daily hygiene tasks difficult for the littlest ones to accomplish alone. Creating a kid-friendly bathroom can help kids take charge of morning and bedtime care with ease.
There are two schools of thought on creating a kid-friendly bathroom…..add easy to use, kid-sized fixtures and features OR creatively adapt, keeping everything adult-size specifically considering resale value.
Since bathroom fixtures generally stay in place 15-20 years, kid height lavatories, toilets, and counters aren’t the most economical, unless you plan to keep your home for several generations (or have a plumber / contractor in the family!).
- Approach modifications with a kids-eye perspective. Get down low and view the bathroom like your little guys see it.
- Add a hand-held shower nozzle to make shampooing small heads a breeze.
- Lower the towel bars or add hooks so kids can hang their own towels when finished bathing.
- Keep a step stool handy, either freestanding or built-in, to help kids access the sink effectively. Using the toe-kick area under cabinets for disappearing steps is perfect for small bathrooms.
- Use fixtures that are easy for little hands to operate. (More about safety features here.)
- Provide storage down low for kids’ necessities to be easily accessed.
- Apply washable finishes to walls and other surfaces for easy maintenance.
- Place mirrors low enough for kids to see themselves without climbing on the counter.
- Lots of little kids in the family? Switch out the double sink for a trough sink to enable more little hands to get washed at the same time.
Include accessories, art, and finishes in kid pleasing colors, patterns, and textures. It really doesn’t take much to make a bathroom kid-friendly. A few smart adaptations can offer a fun atmosphere helping kids feel comfortable and confident while learning good hygiene habits.
To include kids’ bathroom safety in your redesign, be sure to read Kid-Friendly Bathroom Safety Features before making any modifications.