Tips Designing For Perfect Kids’ Bathroom

Designing the Perfect Kids’ Bathroom

As a child, I used to be lucky enough to own my very own lavatory (actually, it had been a Jack and Jill lavatory that I shared with the guest sleeping room, however, we have a tendency to solely had guests for a couple of days out of the year). My bathroom was pink, which my parents thought was an appropriate color for a girl’s bathroom, although pink has never been one of my favorite colors. It was terribly|a really| an awfully} pretty however very adult-looking lavatory.

Looking back, I wonder if my parents made the right decision. How should a kids’ bathroom look? Should it reflect their style and personality? And, if it actually looks like a kids’ bathroom, how will this affect resale value? I asked some of the people known for designing bathrooms and selling homes to provide insight on this topic.
Here’s what you need to know.

Make it fun, yet practical
Tips Designing For Perfect Kids’ Bathroom
A colorful kids’ bathroom in Brookline, MA. Image courtesy of Eleven Interiors.

The bathroom within the pic on top of is shared by twin sisters, according to Michael Ferzoco, Principal at Eleven Interiors in Boston, MA. “When designing this space, we incorporated each of their favorite colors and chose to have fun by painting the clawfoot tub a bold pink color,” he says. “The result is a playful and cheerful merge of the two sisters that highlights the personalities of both.”

Everything should also be kept easily accessible. “The bottom drawers of the vanity in this bathroom fold out into stools so the sink faucets are never out of reach.” He also says that incorporating a bathtub in a kids’ lavatory is often a decent plan.

Ferzoco believes that a kids’ lavatory ought to be fun — however, says it ought to even be a dateless lavatory that will grow with them. “Use accents which will simply be updated, like paint, mirrors, rugs, and accessories, and don’t be afraid to go bold with those elements,” Ferzoco says.

Think through your  and your kids’ needs
Tips Designing For Perfect Kids’ Bathroom
A height-appropriate kids’ bathroom in the Phoenix area. Image courtesy of AFT Construction.

The bathroom on top of was designed by AFT Construction in Scottsdale, AZ. The company’s president, Brad Leavitt, says you should always consider the age and height of the child. “Depending on the size of the child, you can custom build the vanity so that they will not need a step stool,” he says. “You can also customize the toe kick under the sink with a pull-out step if you prefer the taller vanity.” Undermount, wall mount, and drop-in sinks are popular choices for a kid’s bathroom.

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Another view of the kids’ bathroom in Phoenix. Image courtesy of AFT Construction.
Leavitt says it’s also important to design the bathroom based on needs. “If the kids share a bathroom while they get ready for school, we design the vanity, mirror and sink separate from the shower and water closet,” he says. “This allows multiple children to be in the bathroom at the same time.”
Tips Designing For Perfect Kids’ Bathroom
A rustic kids’ bathroom on a Montana ranch. Image courtesy of Sanctuary Home Decor.

Karen Snyder at Sanctuary Home ornament designed associate attic bunk area and loo for her children. “My goal [for the bathroom] was to create a cohesive look with the rustic design of the bunk room and to make this space kid-friendly,” she explains. “The bespoke vainness was made of locally-sourced barn wood and options a vintage vogue sink with double taps.”
Snyder also added other unique elements.”I chose rusted hardware on the doors and drawers and red accents to add a bit of western flair,” she explains. “The built-in mirror with a reclaimed wood frame finishes off the vanity wall and brings the whole look together.”

Consider the value of a kids’ bathroom

Tips Designing For Perfect Kids’ Bathroom
If you can’t have two sinks, consider two faucets. Image: Jupiter Images/Getty Images

So, however, will kids’ lavatory have an effect on selling value? According to Jennifer Baldinger, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker at Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty in Scarsdale, NY, this is a place where you can have some fun and be creative, especially with color and tile choices. “The one feature I see patrons react to the foremost has 2 sinks during a kids’ lavatory,” she says.

“There is no doubt it helps keep the fighting to a minimum when two or more kids share a bath, but it also keeps the space tidier,” Baldinger says Jack and Jill's bathrooms are more common, and she agrees with Leavitt that double sinks and a separate toilet and shower area are trending in new builds.
Tips Designing For Perfect Kids’ Bathroom
Be sure to add touches of color. Image: Artazum/Shutterstock

Katie Kurtz, Real Estate Agent at Engel & Völkers in Minneapolis, MN, believes that parents can get creative with kids’ bathrooms, but warns to keep them gender neutral. “For example, doing a bathroom all pink could turn off potential buyers that only have boys, and vice versa,” Kurtz warns. However, she says that neutral materials and ornament meshed toward children are fine. “For example, white fish scale tiles are a lot of fun and can easily be paired with gender-specific decor based on kids in the family. Think imaginary being ornamented for women or sharks for boys.”

Remember that it will need to be cleaned
Tips Designing For Perfect Kids’ Bathroom
This Springfield, MO, kids’ bathroom has three sinks. Image courtesy of Nathan Taylor for Obelisk Home.

Newsflash: your kids are not going to keep their bathroom spotless, so you should design it with this in mind. “Kids are going to be messy, and whatever space you give them, they will cover it,” Nathan Taylor of Obelisk Home says. His advice? “Limit the surface area, make space for everything and make sure that everything is totally cleanable.” In the images above and below, you can see how Taylor designed a bathroom that fits these criteria.
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Storage lockers help to keep the bathroom clean. Image courtesy of Nathan Taylor for Obelisk Home.

Taylor recommends tiling the walls to make fingerprints and dirt easier to clean. “The fewer painted surfaces, the better,” he says. “Make your life easier by putting in materials that are super durable,” Taylor warns against natural materials since they stain easily. “Use brushed materials as they don’t show all the specks from daily use.”

Make it durable and safe

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Durable materials are essential. Image: Achim Sass/Getty Images

He also recommends using smooth hardware, since it provides fewer places for germs to settle. “Also, don’t use hardware with open ends since your kids’ clothes get caught easily on everything,” Thomas says. “And always use vessels with overflow drains.”

According to Ferzoco, another advantage of victimization sturdy surfaces is that it'll keep the lavatory trying newer longer. “Also, make sure to use slip-resistant tile for the floors to prevent slips and fall- a textured porcelain tile works well,” Ferzoco says.
Tips Designing For Perfect Kids’ Bathroom
Durable materials are essential. Image: Achim Sass/Getty Images

Leavitt adds, “You should definitely install plumbing fixtures catered to high use.” The 2019 faucet trends can provide plenty of inspiration. “Quartz is one of our favorite finishes for children, and I also recommend darker grout on the tile floors,” Leavitt says he also likes to have a little fun with kids’ bathroom. “Try to add a whimsical or unique detail for the child.”

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