Our children are not only our pride and joy, but also little individuals with their own personal tastes. More kids today have not only their own bedrooms, but also their own bathrooms, which they may use on their own. Parents want to keep them safe in one of the most dangerous rooms in the house, but also to bring out their children’s styles and interests in their bathrooms.
“It’s basically form and function when you opt to do a child’s bathroom today,” said Ellen Tesauro of all Decks and Improvement, Wayne (alldecksandimprovement.com). “First, you have to think of all of the safety precautions; next, height of the children using the bath; and then, personality.”
Start with “going to the bathroom,” your child’s basic need. having a standard-height toilet is key – not too high nor too low is best, as children grow. many manufacturers today make taller toilets, but standard height is still available. with small children, always keep the toilet lid closed — they are prone to look inside, which can cause them to fall in head-first. Toilet locks are available for those with curiosity-prone kids.
When children wash their hands or brush their teeth, a 30- or 31 1/2-inch standard vanity makes it easier for them to reach the sink.
“Most customers still go for the 34 1/2-inch vanity height, for a little more storage and extra drawers, if they choose to use a vanity drawer base,” said James Carriero of Master Kitchens & Baths, Fair Lawn (masterkitchensandbaths.com). “In that case, a customer would give the child a step stool to use.”
If you go this route, provide a solid, wooden stool. Also, do not keep any hazardous cleaners in children’s cabinets or on the bathroom floors.
A temperature-controlled faucet can be set to prevent kids from getting burned. most tub or shower faucets today include anti-scald devices; still, it is wise to set temperatures lower in the children’s bathroom than in the main facilities. if yours is not equipped with temperature control, you can have it installed for around $800 by Tringali Contracting, Elmwood Park (tringalicontracting.webs.com). The company also will do a tub-to-stall shower conversion or design a whole new bathroom to suit the needs of your child.
For the floor, Carriero recommends using a porcelain tile in a matte, non-slip finish, as opposed to marble or granite tile, to prevent falls. Rubber-backed bathroom rugs provide even more traction on tile floors.
Kids’ bathrooms should come with a tub and a hand shower on a slide bar, so the smallest child can adjust the bar to his or her own height. The tub must have slip-resistant strips on the bottom. Tringali Contracting also will add a special non-slip finish to the bottom of a tub for $95.
Designing a child’s bathroom usually is the most enjoyable part for parents and their kids alike. Experts advise going with neutral colors with walls, cabinets and tile, so themes can be changed as children grow. Bright shades can be left for the tile accents, towels, rugs and glass.
Wall decals can be used to express boys’ typical interests (sports, superheroes) or girls’ (Cinderella, Snow White, flowers) personalities. A parent with a talent for crafting can stitch characters and other images on a shower curtain to keep the child entertained while bathing. Accessories in a range of themes popular with youngsters can be found at Bed, Bath & Beyond stores, and the company offers an entire kids’ bath page on its website, bedbathandbeyond.com.
A wallpaper border in a favorite theme can add life to a child’s bathroom with a minimum of mess or fuss. For an even easier option, check out WallPops vinyl wall stickers – easy to remove when the child’s tastes change (wallpops.com). WallPops are moisture-resistant as long as you keep them away from a direct spray of water. They can be purchased in paint and wall-paper stores, as well as from chain stores such as Walmart.