Friday, January 10, 2014

Tips and tricks for family bathrooms

Not all bedrooms have an en suite bathroom. For smaller houses and apartments, families usually share one or more bathrooms amongst themselves. This can make morning rituals and everyday routines stressful and inefficient. 

The most challenging aspect of a shared bathroom is fitting everyone’s necessities in one space and it’s important to have a designated and equal space for each person.

Here are some design tips to make the most of your shared bathroom space. 

Smart storage solutions

The most challenging aspect of a shared bathroom is fitting everyone’s necessities in one space. It’s important to have a designated and equal space for each person. Assign a shelf or drawer as each person’s personal storage area. 

For items commonly used every day, you may opt for trays or baskets, also assigned per person, stowed in exposed shelving. This keeps these everyday items within easy reach. For small bathrooms, avoid taking up floor space and take advantage of vertical wall space instead. Use built-in wall cabinets that go all the way up to the ceiling. 

Improved lavatories and showers

If there are many of you sharing one bathroom, a time schedule for morning and night routines should be established. To speed up each person’s bathroom times, consider upgrading your lavatories and showers. Use generously big showerheads for a faster bath, and choose wider lavatories for more comfort. 

If you have the extra space and budget, a pair of twin lavatories is a worthy investment. 

Ample counter space

Bathrooms are not only used for taking a bath, but also for last-minute touchups like hairstyle and makeup. If you don’t have a separate vanity area in the bath, at least provide ample counter space by the lavatory. This can serve the dual purpose of lavatory counter and vanity area. 

Add more mirrors

Another well-used area in a shared bathroom is the mirror. Avoid over-crowding by installing larger mirrors. You may choose to mount a mirror on the entire wall by the lavatory and vanity areas. If your concern is design, it doesn’t have to be a flat and boring mirror. Add some design elements by introducing a frame or panels on the borders of the mirror. 

If you have a twin bathroom sink, you may also install two decorative wall mirrors. - Aislinn Kee 


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