As one of the busiest rooms in the home, your family bathroom should be practical, durable and low maintenance. That said, it should still be stylish and relaxing. With three, four, or even more people sharing one bathroom, it’s important to design your family bathroom in a clever way that caters for every individual’s needs, prioritise ample storage and the right fittings and fixtures, and focuses on fun decoration that the whole family can appreciate.
At Mira Showers, we are intent on making our customers' lives easier, so we’ve put together a selection of ideas to consider for your family bathroom, to make the design process that much easier.
Make it child friendly
There are many things you can do to ensure your bathroom is a safe and enjoyable environment for children. Replacing glass storage with shatterproof plastic or resin is a good place to start to avoid breakages. Soft-close toilet seats are a good idea too, both for safety and for preventing tear-jerking bangs every time to toilet seat is closed.
At bath time, things can not only get messy, but they can get lively too. It might be worth purchasing a non-slip bathmat to prevent children from slipping and getting hurt. Alternatively, our range of Flight Safe shower trays are developed with our exclusive anti-slip technology, designed for not only keeping children, but also the older generation, safe in the shower.
Choose the right shower
The type of shower you choose will depend on the specific needs of your family. Products such as the Mira digital shower range can adapt to provide a relaxing or efficient setting for adults, a fun place for children, and a safe place for both junior and senior members of the household.
When there are children involved, it’s a good idea to install a thermostatic shower to reduce the risk of scalding. At Mira, all of our digital and mixer showers, as well as some of our electric and power showers, feature thermostatic temperature control, which maintains a consistent shower temperature even if someone else in your home uses the hot water while your child is showering.
Rainfall shower heads are many adult’s dream, but it’s worth including an additional handheld shower too, as this will make hair washing and hosing down children significantly easier. It’ll also help when it comes to cleaning your shower, helping you to get into harder-to-reach places.
Decide on a bath
If you have young children, then a bath may be central to your family bathroom, so if you have the space then consider incorporating one into your design. Placing taps at the mid-point of the bath will make it easier to bathe two children at once, as there’ll be no arguments over who has to sit at the tap-end of the bath.
If you don’t have quite enough room for a bath, then a walk-in shower is a great alternative, making it easy for your little ones to get in and out, and making it easier for you to help them if they need it.
Find space-saving solutions
A bathroom that’s used by a lot of people can quickly become messy, so making sure you have plenty of storage is essential. Avoid cluttering up surfaces with bottles, brushes and bags by installing plenty of cupboards, cabinets and shelves that can be used to hide things away. Allocate each family member their own drawer, box or basket for their toiletries to reduce the chance of items being left sprawled across surfaces. You could also consider suspended toothbrush holders and soap dispensers to keep your surfaces completely clear and make cleaning easier.
If you have the space for it, consider doubling up on vanity units so that your storage space is doubled too. With a double vanity unit comes a double sink, which will never go amiss in a family bathroom.
Functionality may be at the forefront of your family bathroom design, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish too. A tiled bathroom will be easier to clean than a painted one, as splash marks will be less of an issue and you’ll have to redecorate less frequently. Creative use of tiling can help to make a small bathroom appear bigger, while slip-resistant tiles on the floor will make your bathroom safer for children.
Hang a large mirror – or even several mirrors – to ensure multiple people can get ready at once. A wall-hung mirror is also great for space-saving, and will help to bounce light around the bathroom and make it appear larger in size. Bring fun pops of colour into your family bathroom via bathmats, towels and other accessories.
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