Practical Bathroom Ideas

The bathroom is one of the most heavily used rooms in any home and it needs to hold up to use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because most bathrooms present a moist and humid environment, safety can be an issue and care should be taken to make the room easy to use. Keep clothing and wet towels off the floor by having enough towel bars, robe hooks and rack along with clothes and laundry hampers.

Store bath toys in a plastic laundry basket which can be kept in the bath tub when not in use or invest in suction-cup wall mount bath toy hammocks which can help to corral bath toy clutter which may pose a slip and fall hazard. Bath mats and rugs should always feature anti-skid backing to help prevent the possibility of slippage.

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The installation of a handheld shower head can vastly improve bathroom functionality – most can be installed by the average homeowner and do not require the services of a plumber. It is easy to shampoo hair, bathe children, wash pets and water plants with a handheld shower head and they are helpful when you need to clean the tub or shower enclosure.

Another practical update for any bathroom is a heated towel rack – there are freestanding and wall mounted models along with counter top towel warmers. Not only will you enjoy wrapping yourself in a warm towel after bathing, you will find that a towel warmer is useful for drying swimwear and fine washables, warming blankets and bathing clothes and drying towels quickly, which may also help to prevent mold and mildew.

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Everything You Need For A Functional Family Bathroom

When you put together your family home, certain rooms tend to take precedence over others. It’s a lot of fun to design a cozy family room or to picture your dreamy farmhouse-style kitchen in full action as you cook a delicious dinner for the family. But once room that is perhaps even more important to the everyday functioning of your family’s home is the bathroom. Sure, you aren’t all using it at once like you are the other rooms mentioned – but that’s kind of the point. When you have one bathroom to share between four or maybe even five people (depending on how many kids you have), things can automatically get a bit complicated. The inevitable queue for the toilet, the rush as you all try and brush your teeth at once – and there’s always that one person who takes way too long in the shower. To a certain extent, there’s not a great deal you can do about much of this – these examples are simply by-products of living in a family home, and you will miss the madness once your kids have grown up and moved out! But still, you shouldn’t be fighting a losing battle against your bathroom every single day. Take a look at these top tips for how you can make your family bathroom much more functional.


Color coding

The last thing you need right after you’ve just got the kids settled for bed is an argument breaking out over who’s used who’s toothbrush. If you have multiple products in the same bathroom and they all belong to different people, try color coding them to make sure your family knows what belongs to who. This is especially important if certain members of your family need to use specific products for medical reasons – or if you just want to stop your children stealing your $30 a bottle body wash! Buy individual shower caddies in a variety of colors and get your kids to claim one each. It is also worth buying a variety of toothbrushes in different colors, so there’s no cross-contamination.

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The double sink

Sick of always dealing with a blocked and generally gross sink? Perhaps you’ve pretty much accepted that your kids will never wipe up their dried toothpaste no matter how many times you tell them, or perhaps your husband will simply never wash away his hair after his morning shave! If this sounds like something you’re used to, and you’ve got enough room, why not consider installing a second sink? Double sinks can look incredibly stylish and modern, and automatically free up space in your bathroom. There are a variety of styles to choose from, whether you want to go for classic porcelain or something a little more innovative, like marble or wood. Vessel sinks are also exceptionally popular and can immediately add a touch of chic to your bathroom. If overcrowding is the main issue you face in your family bathroom, this could be the perfect option for you – no more crowding around one sink just to have a go with the mouthwash!

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More storage space

If there’s one thing most bathrooms lack, it’s storage space. And if there’s one thing we all know about a family bathroom, it’s that a number of products we have in there sure can build up. Shampoos and body washes can be dealt with easily enough via the aforementioned shower caddy, but what about all the other things you tend to find in the average shared bathroom? Sponges, wash clothes, towels, hand soap, beauty products, hairdryers… the list is endless! Let’s start with the beauty products. This is a broad term that can cover everything from face washes to hair masks – and you’ll know how easy it can be to build up quite the collection. Having them just sitting on your sink surface can get crowded and also messy, as any leaks or spillages (and they will happen!) dry onto your surfaces. It can also be hard to know where to begin with your morning routine when you’ve got twenty different products staring you in the face! Chances are, there are only a couple of these products that you actually use on a daily basis, so install a cabinet of sorts to hide the rest away in. You don’t have to compromise on style either – you can get hold of some truly unique vanities from many great retailers. Try and get hold of one that offers multiple storage options: a big cupboard space for bulky items like electricals and cleaning products, and smaller drawers for miscellaneous items. It can also be worth investing in a towel rack or towel hooks, so you’re not constantly picking fabric up off the floor after your kids.

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Bathroom rules

It can be really hard to maintain the upkeep and appearance of one room on your own – especially a room that gets as dirty as quickly as a bathroom. The constant humidity and the amount of product used in a bathroom can easily make the place appear messy and unkempt – so encourage your family to abide by a set of rules in order to keep the place looking its best. Something along the lines of ‘leave the bathroom how you found it’ should suffice! Bathmats left to sit on a wet floor can easily become moldy and even a health hazard, so make sure whoever showers last hangs it up somewhere to air or puts it in the laundry basket. Hair in the plughole is also a common issue in big families – and nothing ruins the functionality of a family bathroom more than a blocked up bathtub. Place a hair catcher over your sink and your bathtub plughole, although encourage your family to pull any excess hair out all the same. By making these simple changes to your bathroom, you will find it much easier to use and the whole family will benefit.

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How To Organize Your Bathroom

It’s always a good idea to keep your home as attractive and comfortable as possible and sometimes you realize that the way you have your home arranged and decorated just isn’t really working. It can be difficult to get a fresh perspective on what to do in order to make your home more functional, especially if you don’t consider yourself to be creative. There’s still no need to hire a professional designer when instead you can go online and surf the net for bedroom and bathroom designs. It’s sort of like walking through sample homes – by simply looking at how other people decorate you get inspiration and ideas you can execute in your own home.

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Perhaps the bathroom cabinets and shelves are at capacity in the family bathroom. There are many creative solutions to explore instead of just throwing up your hands and declaring it hopeless. Start by going through everything that is stored in the bathroom and donate, recycle or discard the items you no longer use. Often times you will find it’s just accumulated over the years and you need to cull the inventory; be sure to properly dispose of any unused or expired medications. Take stock of your towels and washcloths as they do wear out over time; many can be used as rags or donated to a pet shelter. Towels that are in good condition but not to your taste any more can always be donated or put in a pile for the next garage sale.

Turn on every light and draw the drapes so that you can clean the bathroom from top to bottom and be sure to replace any burned out light bulbs so you can  see what you are doing. Experts recommend replacing the shower curtain and bath mat on a regular basis; look for a hookless shower curtain with a built-in liner for a clean and contemporary solution.

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Improving Your Small Bathroom

When it comes time to increase the functionality and storage space in a small bathroom, the best place to begin is at the local area home improvement store. This is simply because of the fact that a home improvement store will have an abundance of amazing small bathroom ideas for the home. But it is also because of the fact that a home improvement store will always carry the best quality of merchandise in everything that has to do with home improvements.

Improving the look and feel of a small bathroom is a great idea and can provide benefits that everyone in the home is sure to appreciate. There are more typically a few key reasons as to why people feel the need for this particular room improvement. They are normally a lack of storage space, an inferior appearance, and very low functionality. Coming up with a few small bathroom ideas, making a few minor changes, and adding a couple of inexpensive items to a small bathroom, will easily improve its look and feel greatly.

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As for the lack of storage space in a small bathroom, the best way to address the issue is by adding a few organizers to appropriate areas of the room. This might include adding a shower organizer that can be hung directly from the shower nozzle, to the shower itself. This will provide the extra space needed for items such as soap, shampoo, and conditioner. It might also include adding extra organizers to the main area of the bathroom.

There are racks that are made to sit directly over the toilet, that typically include a couple of shelves, which are great for organizing things such as toilet paper, towels and wash cloths, and a small basket for those little extras that might be needed from time to time. There are corner racks available, with an even greater amount of extra space, which can be used for the same purpose as the over the toilet organizers. In fact, there are even organizers that are made to fit under the sink which work out great for those entire little bathroom essentials that have no place to sit.

No matter which type of organizer you choose, you are sure to end up with much more extra space than you would have ever expected.

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