Family households can often be far from the calm, relaxing oasis you envisaged when you were younger. Indeed, bathrooms can often be a source of frustration, especially if you live in a property without the luxury of an ensuite or additional cloakroom.
Whether the men of the household tend to leave the toilet seat up, or mom simply has too much in the way of ‘product’, your bathroom must work for everyone. With all this in mind, we’ve come up with 6 easy tips to help you create the perfect multi-generational family bathroom.
1. A stylish yet functional suite
Your choice of bathroom suite (which generally includes a toilet, basin/vanity and/or bath) is vitally important to the look, feel and function of your room. One of the key things to look out for when selecting your toilet is whether it has a soft close seat. If you cast your mind back to your own childhood, if you accidently dropped your toilet seat it would come down with an almighty clatter and, for those unfortunate enough to leave their fingers in the way, the results could be very painful indeed. A soft close seat will help reduce this risk and will also create a quieter environment.
2. Relaxing bath
As well as all the functional elements, it also needs to be a space in which you can lay back, relax and unwind with that latest real crime book, or maybe even catch up on that latest boxset through your tablet. At the end of the day, a relaxing bath is a great way to lower your blood pressure and focus on your own wellbeing.
A freestanding bath is the ultimate in luxury items, which is undoubtedly why they are becoming increasingly popular. However, many families find them impractical, especially when there is a lack of space.
Probably the best option for a family bathroom is the multi-functional shower bath, allowing mom to enjoy her evening soak and giving dad a quick and easy showering option after the gym.
3. A safe thermostatic shower
One of the major considerations in any bathroom is the safety of all your family members. A thermostatic shower maintains a consistent water temperature, no matter how many faucets are turned on in your home. They provide added peace of mind, especially when used by young children or elderly relatives, and can help to prevent accidental scalding.
4. Comfort height basins and toilets
One common mistake people make when planning their bathroom is how high they place certain items. If you have younger children, think about whether they can access the basin easily. You may want to either lower it by a few inches or seek out a solution, like a vanity unit with built-in step.
If your toilet is quite low down, it may not be easy for elderly relatives to use. Keep an eye out for comfort height toilets. Slightly higher than average, people with mobility issues can lower themselves down more easily.
5. Keep harmful items out of reach
A shared bathroom often contains products which may be harmful to younger children, like bleach or medication. Ensure you have shelving or a cabinet which cannot be reached by little hands. Plus, make sure there’s nothing your kids can climb, to access this storage.
6. The perfect end to a perfect bath
Finally, we’d highly recommend investing in a good quality set of towels for your family bathroom. To turn your bathroom into a riot of colour, why not let each family member pick out their favourite colour or pattern?
By following these simple tips, we’re sure you’ll all soon be enjoying the perfect family bathroom.