Before remodeling a kids bathroom, take some time to think about ways to make it cheerful, functional and safe for your children. Here are five kids bathroom remodeling ideas that will help to make your remodeling project a success.
1. Give a kids bathroom a child friendly look. Use bright colors like greens and blues or yellows and oranges in your kids bathroom remodeling project. Depending on the age of the child or children who will be using the bath, ask for their input before you make your final décor choices. Also, add fun touches that you kids will enjoy. For example, if you will be installing new tile above the sink or bath, you could let them decorate a couple of the tiles with non-washable paint and install them along with the other tiles.
2. Incorporate touches that add kid appeal. For example, choose a shower curtain with fun children’s characters on it or another children’s motif and add a theme border around the top of the wall near the ceiling. For unique bathroom décor, if you are energetic and creative, paint a kids’ themed mural on one wall.
3. Make a kids bathroom functional for kids. Hang towel racks at heights that make them easy for children to use and situate cabinets and shelves low enough that children can reach them (otherwise they are sure to climb on the edge of the tub, the toilet or the sink, creating a falling hazard). Provide easily accessible storage containers for bath toys, dirty towels and other items.
4. Make the bathroom safe for kids. Install a textured or non-slip floor to minimize the chance of falls, put locks on any cabinets that contain cleaning products or other items that could be dangerous to children, use faucet and drain covers, and choose a tub with a non-slip surface or add non-slip appliqués to the bottom. For child safety products for kids bathrooms check out the selection at The Child Safety Store (www.childsafetystore.com), including the Color Changing Heat Sensing Bath Appliqués (which change color if bath water is too hot for a child) and Bubble Ducky Spout Guard, a decorative and fun yellow rubber duck faucet cover.
5. When planning your kids bathroom remodeling project, choose colors and items that will be easy to replace in the future. Keep in mind that children’s tastes change as they grow older and, therefore, that your kids bathroom décor will not be forever. Make it easy on yourself by, for example, not selecting patterned wallpaper with a Spongebob Squarepants theme that will require hours of hard work to remove and replace. Instead, go for solid colors that coordinate with a Spongebob shower curtain like the one at www.kmart.com.
www.doityourself.com, Safe Kids’ Bathroom Ideas/DoItYourself.com
Rose Kennedy, www.hgtv.com, Designing a Great Kids’ Bathroom