Does Your Home Need A Bathroom Just For The Kids?

Written by bprescottJanuary 28, 2012
Image of children's bathroom and towel racks

Just for kids

The ages and numbers of kids should determine the design of a kids’ bathroom. For young children, a bathroom with accessible fixtures and reachable faucets is important. For teenagers, privacy is at the top of the list. A shared bathroom that serves both young and old or several children becomes multipurpose and needs functional shared spaces. This type of bathroom is most accommodating when it has partitioned areas for a tub and shower and a toilet compartment for privacy. For school-age kids all leaving the house at the same time in the morning, a large vanity with double sinks eliminates congestion during the morning rush. Materials and fixtures that are easy to clean is a high priority for high-use bathrooms for kids of any age.

For a kid-friendly bathroom, choose shower faucets and body sprays that can be lowered and raised to adjust to the size of the family member.

If little children will be using the bathroom, consider choosing child-size fixtures that you can easily replace with full-sized models later on. For example, a two-piece child-size toilet with a rim height of 101/4 inches is perfect for toddlers and grade-school-aged kids, and you can easily replace it with a full-size unit later. Many sinks can be installed in an adjustable countertop that is mounted on the wall at a lower height for little ones and then raised later on. You need flexible piping for the drain, and the faucet may be mounted on the sink or the deck behind it as long as the spout is long enough to extend over the sink.

Those electronic faucets that are used in public places, such as airports, are now available for home use. These make a lot of sense in a kids’ bathroom because the temperature can be preset, making it a great safety feature. You don’t have to reach the faucet to start the water flow, so the little ones find it easier to use the sink. In addition, the water turns off when the kids are finished, so you’ll never have to hear, "But Mom, Mary was the last to use the bathroom. She left the water running, not me!"

To take advantage of every inch of floor space in any bathroom, consider replacing a hinged door, which takes up floor space as it swings open and closed, with a pocket door that slides into the wall. 

 

From ‘Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies’
Copyright © 2003 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

 

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