As a mom of a youngster, I often walk out of spaces pondering the many ways functionality for kids could have been incorporated. If you are debating doing something fun and/or functional for your child’s space, see our suggestions below!
Practical (a little trite, but great for resale!):
There are a few ways to create function in a kid’s bathroom without turning it into a circus! Looking at the basics, you can easily determine that kids interact different with cabinets than adults. Consider adding 3-4 drawer stack instead of a standard style (two doors and a drawer on top). This provides you with the opportunity to give your children lower storage space for the younger years and additional organizational space as they get older. Turning your bottom drawer into a built in step stool is also another great idea! The ability to slide the stepstool back into the cabinet makes it a great feature for kids while also giving adults their foot space back. If you have a linen closet in your bathroom already, consider installing a console vanity and adding a towel bar or ring to the front of the cabinet. All three of these options provide a practical, but creative addition to your child’s bathroom that are very budget friendly.
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Whimsical (a little less Function, a little more FUN)
Every designer loves considering form and function, but there is also a time and place for just FUN designs. Where better to apply this concept than to a child’s bathroom space! A great way to dip your toes into the whimsical category is to install colorful cabinets. Pairing a light pink, bright green or fun blue toned cabinet with a youthful mural or wallpaper is a great way to make a bathroom more kid-friendly. A budget friendly addition to a kid’s bathroom is hardware – these can easily be interchanged as your kids grow. In addition, installing a tile with some flair (patterned, fun shapes, etc.) can also create a youthful sensibility. If you are in the building stages (or up for a remodel), you can take your design to the next level. Consider designing a secret passage from their closet to the bathroom using the face of the cabinets. While this is more complex, it’s an incredibly fun way to incorporate youthful design!
For your next child’s bathroom remodel – consider the experienced designers at ACo, formerly known as The Affordable Companies. Visit their website at http://liveACo.com or call 317.575.9540 to set up an appointment.