Set Sail Rubber Ducky: Remodeling Your Child's Bathroom As A Shared Space

Your child's bathroom may not be at the top of the list when it comes to remodeling projects, but if theirs is often used as a guest bath, it may get a lot more use than you realize. Updating the bathroom so that it is not only kid friendly, but welcoming to guests can add value and appeal to your home. Here are some tips for making this shared space one that everyone in your home can enjoy.

Durable Flooring

There is no doubt that kids are rough on floors. This is especially true in the bathroom. The puddles often left by small children can cause vinyl tile to warp and lift, allowing space for mold and mildew to grow or causing a trip hazard. Ceramic or glass tile can be broken by dropping objects on it, and marble is extremely slippery when it gets wet.

A better flooring option for bathrooms is rough cut stone tile. This is because the stone is not easily cracked by kids' active bathroom adventures, and the slightly rough surface makes it a lot more skid resistant than other flooring options. For a child's bathroom, a slate, brown, or other dark color can provide the perfect backdrop for hiding dirt and creating a fun space.

Lots of Storage

Another important feature for shared bathrooms is the ability for your child to put his or her bath toys away. If he or she is the only one using a bathroom, it may be tempting to just leave the toys in the tub, but having a place for them saves a lot of time when your are scrambling to clean up for company. For a shared bathroom, try using a sink with cabinetry underneath rather than a pedestal sink. If space constraints make this difficult, a linen closet with low shelves that your child can reach will also work.

Neutral Walls With Fun Accents

When your child's bathroom will be used by more than just your child, it is also important to keep color in mind. While it may be tempting to let your child choose a bright color for the walls, or go with floor to ceiling rubber duckies, don't forget that a guest bathroom should be welcoming to your guests as well as your child. 

Instead, opt for a more muted color for the walls such as lighter colored subway tiles or a moisture resistant paint in a cream or khaki that will be easy to clean. Then, have fun with accents such as shower curtains, towels or rugs. Allow your child to help pick these things out so that he or she will feel at home in the new space. 

With a little work, your child's bathroom can be one that both the family and visitors will enjoy.