Today I’m going to share nine ideas for creating a bathroom that is kid-friendly, welcoming to guests and practical. All of these ideas I implemented in our bathroom after much research on Pinterest, Houzz and Google. I’m pretty pleased with how our bathroom redesign turned out on a small budget, especially when I look back at what we started with!
Our Bathroom Before…
Our Bathroom Redesign
I was thrilled to complete all of the changes in our bathroom for less than $250! It goes to show that you don’t need to spend a fortune to make a huge impact on the look and feel of your bathroom.
Tips for a Kid-Friendly Bathroom
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I used my experience with our bathroom and the abundance of research I did to put together a list of tips for creating a kid-friendly bathroom. I hope these help you to create a bathroom that your family and guests can enjoy!
1. Colorful, eye-catching patterns that kids will enjoy. My kids really enjoy the IKEA SOLMYRA Owl art and vintage “bath” clock I found on Etsy! They enjoy looking at them and talking with me about them. Similarly, the mason jars filled with bamboo that I bought on Etsy are a conversation piece for our adult guests that use the bathroom.
2. Towel hooks instead of a towel bar. Not only does a row of hooks for hanging towels takes up less space than a towel bar, it is more kid-friendly. I highly doubt most young children are able to fold their towel nicely and hang it back on a towel bar. Hooks are much easier because the towel doesn’t have to be folded, it can just be thrown over the hook. It’s much easier for kids to do themselves!
3. Organization for bath essentials and toys. I use this net that attaches to the wall with suction cups to hold bath toys and Command bath hooks for wash cloths and bath hats. This Buzzfeed article provides lots of other ideas, including cute bungee squids to hang kids’ bath essentials and a shower curtain bar with hanging baskets for toys. Keep your sanity and keep the clutter organized!
4. Non-slip bath mat or stickers. I love the bath mat I found at IKEA for $5. It gets the job done, but there are lots of other cute options out there for adding traction to the bathtub, even stickers!
5. Step Stool. What you don’t see in the pictures of our bathroom is our step stool. If you feel highly motivated, instead of using a step stool you can install a step that pulls out from under the cabinets. However, I like that our step stool can be moved around as needed.
6. Don’t forget about the little potties for potty training! My son loved his wall-mounted training “whale” urinal. Although attaching it to the wall probably would have been easier with Command hooks, it made potty training a lot easier and more fun! For a small potty, be practical and choose one that can be easily double as a step stool, like this one.
7. Bright and cheery paint color. This can be any color that coordinates with your décor, but blue, green, yellow or white would match most of the kid’s bathroom décor I’ve seen. I went with a light blue called “Faraway Clouds” by Mythic Nontoxic Paint. I list this at the bottom because there are thousands of paint colors you can choose from to match your décor, so your wall color should be one of the last things you choose.
8. Decide what you want to have within reach and out of reach. I put the mason jar vases on the wall above the toilet and candle holders and plant on a wall shelf because I wanted all of those things out of the kids’ reach. However, the towel hooks, tooth brushes and other bathroom essentials are within their reach so they can be accessed as needed. Think it through. The Buzzfeed article I referenced earlier mentions a wall mounted fish bowl. It’s a super cool idea, but I know my kids. The fish would not stay in the fish bowl or live very long. Think through what your kids might destroy and plan your bathroom design to keep those things out of reach.
9. Don’t forget child locks on the bathroom cabinet doors! A lot of people, myself included, store cleaning supplies under their bathroom sink. Keep them out of curious hands by putting the same child locks you installed on your kitchen cabinets on your bathroom cabinets, as well.
What do you think of this list? Is there anything else you would add? Be sure to share it in the comments below!
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