Depending on the size of your family and your daily routine, you and your family members may spend hours in your bathroom throughout the day. Since you’ll be spending a lot of time there, it only makes sense that it’s a space that is functional and meets your needs. If you’re planning a bathroom remodel or simply want to make the most of your space, consider adding these essential elements of a family-friendly bathroom.
1. Lots of storage space.
Storage is key in a family-friendly bathroom. Those bathroom necessities tend to add up quickly, especially when you have kids or teens in the house. You’ve got to have extra space for plenty of towels, bath toys, hair accessories, hair products, and even band-aids and other first aid supplies for all those little bumps and bruises kids seem to get. Extra cupboards, baskets, and shelving make for great storage solutions for your bathroom. Low-hanging hooks, lower cupboards, and open shelving are also a good way to encourage youngsters to pick up after themselves and teach them about organizing.
2. A bathtub.
While walk-in showers are great, traditional bathtubs are generally a must-have for kids, especially infants and toddlers. It’s a great way to get them comfortable with water at a young age before they’re ready to take on swimming pools or one of the many lakes or rivers we have in the Fox Cities area. Even teenagers and adults may find they enjoy a warm, relaxing bath after a stressful day at work or school. With that in mind, you may want to consider a bath/shower combo — at least until family members are a bit older.
3. Grab bars.
While bathtubs noted above are important, they can also be slippery. Add in some kids who are splashing water outside of the tub or running around like youngsters do, and falling is even more likely. If you have elderly family members living with you, they are at an increased risk for falls and injuries as well. Grab bars strategically placed around the bathroom can help improve safety when getting in and out of the tub and maneuvering around your bathroom. A safer, more accessible bathroom benefits everyone!
4. Hand-held showerheads.
This is another great option if you have kids, pets, or senior relatives living with you. Hand-held showerheads are easy to use and make bath time quick and easy. They reduce strain on your neck, back, and shoulders when trying to bathe kids or pets — and even help make it easier to clean and rinse the tub itself. Plus, they’re a great option for older adults and grandparents who have trouble standing in the shower or issues with mobility.
5. Easy-clean surfaces.
Whether it’s finger painting or playing in the sandbox outside, kids are messy. If you have pets, you’re dealing with mud, hair, and pet dander as well. That’s why easy-to-clean surfaces and countertops in your bathroom are so important. If you’re like the parents on our team, you’d much rather spend time outdoors enjoying our gorgeous Wisconsin seasons or playing with the kids than constantly cleaning the bathroom or worrying about stains and scratches. The materials used in your bathroom can make all the difference when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. For example, marble countertops or tiled showers look great but they can require extra maintenance and be susceptible to scratching or chips. At Watters, we work with Bath Planet and use the highest quality, durable acrylic that is easy to clean and maintain. Easy to clean also means you’ll cut down on mold and mildew build-up that can make your family sick.
If you’re ready to make your bathroom more appealing and functional for the whole family, give us a call. We’d love to help you and your family get the beautiful, functional bathroom you deserve.
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