Creating a kid-friendly bathroom doesn't mean sacrificing your adult needs or design choices. You can often combine the best of both with a few creative bathroom remodel upgrades.
Make the Sink Accessible
Tripping over step stools in the middle of the night isn't fun. Why not remodel your bathroom so your little ones can reach the sink without a stool? There are two options when it comes to the sink:
- Lower the sink. This will most likely require installing a second sink so the adults don't have to use the sink on their hands and knees.
- Add a slide out stool. This is a better option that works for the whole family and will grow with your kids. A step that easily slides out from beneath the sink cabinet and quickly tucks away gives your children the necessary extra height when they are young enough to need it.
Add a Flip-Down Seat
Many kids are too small to comfortably fit on a standard toilet seat without slipping in. The standard fix for this has been either a removable plastic seat or a potty chair. The removable seats are unattractive, and can take up valuable seconds to put in place when your child really has to go. Potty chairs are also a problem with older kids that have outgrown it but not quite reached the size for the standard seat.
Fortunately, you can add a built in child seat to your standard toilet. The seat flips down just like the lid – quickly and quietly. Whether you need it up or down, there won't be a mad dash to get it into place.
Lower the Vanity
Children's toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrush and other personal care items are often tucked out of reach or left out on the counter. A lower cabinet just for them can make your bathroom look better while making it accessible to the child.
Changing out the sink vanity for one with lower drawers and cabinets is the quickest remodeling method to give your child their own bathroom storage. You can even install a second mirror, on the side or next to the vanity, that is low enough for your child to use.
Make Adjustments for Tub Time
Although small children should always be monitored when in the bathtub, older kids may require some alone time but they don't yet have the height to easily step into and out of a wet bathtub without slipping.
Trading out the old high-walled tub for a partially sunken tub can solve this problem. While you're at it, put in a few alcoves to store bath toys. That way they drain into the bathtub instead of making a wet mess on the floor.
When looking for kid-friendly bathroom ideas, get down on your knees and view everything from your child's height. Your goal is to make the things they need more accessible, while keeping dangerous items, like medication, safely out of reach.