When designing your family bathroom its best not to forget the essentials, otherwise you won’t hear the end of it from your kids. We all deserve a little peace of mind so lets make sure we get the design right for a family bathroom that works well in your home.

If you’re planning to renovate your family bathroom, there are a few must-have design elements that will make life easier for you and your kids. Take a look at 8 of our tips to design a bathroom that works for everyone.

Install easy-access storage

When a number of people are using a bathroom, there will inevitably be more things to accommodate. With children, there’s the added challenge of mixing safe, out-of-reach storage with some they can access easily.

Place open shelves or a cupboard at ground level, where kids can take out and tidy away toys or fresh towels. Combine this with higher-level storage for toiletries and medicines that could be unsafe for young children.

Open Shelves in a family bathroom

Consider your bathing options

If space isn’t an issue, it makes perfect sense to have a separate bath and shower enclosure. However, there isn’t always room for both, so many homeowners choose to ditch the bath in favour of a shower.

Before you decide, though, it’s important to consider the pros and cons, and think about how your family uses the bathroom. For example, it’s often easier to wash smaller children in the bath, while older kids might prefer a shower.

Avoid bath-time arguments

If your children share bathtime, it’s worth considering a tub with a tap and plug positioned centrally. This should avoid any squabbles about whose turn it is to sit next to the plughole.

Tap into safety

When it comes to choosing taps, go for a single mixer design rather than separate hot and cold fittings. This will help prevent children scalding themselves by turning on a very hot tap.

Also think about whether your best option is to have a shower in this space, you should consider using a non slip flooring created by Roca specifically designed for your shower.

Being safe in the shower is essential in the family bathroom

Make cleaning easy

In a busy household, the bathroom will probably see some wear and tear, so choose surfaces that are easy to keep clean and well maintained.

Go for flat-fronted, handless cabinets, so dust and grime don’t gather around small details, and opt for wipeable tiles on the walls. Grout tends to show up dirt, so large-scale tiles with minimal joints are a good option.

Include hanging space

If you want to avoid tripping over wet towels in your bathroom, ensure you have sufficient hanging space to dry them. The key to a tidy family bathroom is to make it easy for children to hang up their bath linen, rather than leave it strewn at ground level.

Install hooks at a height they can reach, or go for a heated towel rail with bars at different levels.

Hanging space is a big help in the family bathroom

Focus on flooring

Floors, too, should be simple to clean, so choose a surface that’s water-resistant and easy to mop. If you’re after a timber floor, for example, go for wood-effect porcelain tiles that won’t be ruined by damp.

If you have small children, it’s worth opting for a softer surface to avoid any injuries if they fall. A vinyl floor is ideal, as it’s cushioned and has the added bonus of being easy to clean.

Squeeze in a seat

When it comes to choosing taps, go for a single mixer design rather than separate hot and cold fittings. This will help prevent children scalding themselves by turning on a very hot tap.

Pull up a stool to look after the kids in the bathtub