Thursday, 11 April 2013

Creating a Stylish and Practical Family Bathroom

In a household with young children, it can feel like any semblance of style has to be sacrificed to make way for toys, clothes and child-safety measures. Well, in the bathroom that doesn’t have to be the case. Here are a few ideas to help you create a chic and stylish family bathroom that is safe, practical and still looks fantastic.

We all tend to accumulate far more toiletries, cosmetics and cleaning supplies than we really need, and in family bathrooms, products tend to get stockpiled to avoid running out. Without sufficient storage space, all of those mismatched and multi-coloured products and packages are enough to make even the largest bathroom seem cramped and cluttered, so it’s important to be able to neatly store your bathroom supplies out of sight, but within easy reach.

Fortunately, bathroom furniture is enjoying a real resurgence in popularity, so there are now cabinets and cupboards available in just about every conceivable size, shape and finish. A fitted vanity unit will allow you to keep your basin area clean and organised, and for families with young children, wall-mounted cabinets can be a great way to safely store any medicines and supplements safely out of reach. The arrangement of doors and drawers is entirely down to you, but in a busy family bathroom, giving each member of the household their own drawer or designated storage area can make daily bathroom use run much more smoothly.

Soft-close doors and drawers are also becoming increasingly popular, as they eliminate the risk of trapped fingers, as well as any annoying (if accidental) slams! Many modern units will also come pre-treated with a moisture coating to ensure that they can survive daily bathroom life for a long time to come, because we all no how frequently splashes and drips can happen in a family bathroom!

Although heated towel rails look great and provide you with warm fluffy towels whenever you need them, underfloor heating can be a safer choice if you have young children, removing the possibility of accidental burns. Underfloor heating has improved in quality as much as it has decreased in price in recent years, so this is a really attainable heating method. Another heating safeguard is a thermostatic controller, which will mean that your bathroom water can never be heated over a set temperature (of your choosing), to give you a little extra peace of mind.

Remember that all of these new and improved safety measures have been designed to look great as well, so take the time to have a click around and find the ways to safeguard your bathroom that appeal most to you, and then simply find the styling and finish that will help you to create your ideal bathroom! Don't forget to add some of your children's art work in stylish frames as we do not want our bathrooms to look like a completely kid free zone, and there you have it, your stylish and practical family bathroom!

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