At ACS Designer Bathrooms, we understand that designing a bathroom to accommodate the diverse needs of a family can be a challenging task. From toddlers to teenagers and adults, each family member has their preferences to be considered. A well-designed family bathroom layout is not only functional and safe but also stylish and comfortable. In this blog, we will provide you with family-friendly bathroom design ideas and family bathroom layout tips to optimise your space for the entire family.

Understanding the needs of your family

A family-friendly bathroom should cater to family members of all ages, from the littlest ones to the adults. This means considering the height of fixtures, storage space, the safety of materials and the overall functionality of the space for everyone using it. It's important to create a family bathroom layout that’s accessible, safe and easy to clean while maintaining a sense of style that reflects your home aesthetic. 

A well-planned family bathroom layout can make or break your morning or evening routine, so let’s look at some family bathroom ideas to incorporate in your next bathroom renovation, big or small. 

  • Safety first
  • Safety should always be the top priority when designing a family bathroom layout. Slip-resistant flooring is a must to prevent unwanted accidents, especially when the floor is wet. Opt for textured tiles or vinyl flooring that provides good traction. Installing grab bars near the bathtub and toilet can give extra support for children and elderly family members to move around easily.

  • Durable and easy-to-clean materials
  • With the bathroom being one of the most commonly used rooms in the house, choosing top-quality, easy-to-clean materials is essential. Quartz and granite countertops are not only stylish but also resistant to any unwanted stains and scratches. For the walls, opt for semi-gloss or high-gloss paint to easily wipe down to prevent mould build-up. Waterproof wallpaper made from fibreglass with transparent waterproof primer will also stop water from penetrating the surface. 

    When it comes to flooring, porcelain tiles are a great option to consider since they’re waterproof and easy to clean. Keep your bathroom drains clean with our selection of waste traps to fit your shower drain, basin, bathtub or sink drain at an affordable price. The last thing you need is a clogged-up drain filled with hair, causing the shower water to spill through your bathroom or the sink to rise. 

  • Ample storage space
  • A family bathroom layout requires ample storage space to keep toiletries, towels and cleaning supplies neatly organised. Consider installing a vanity with drawers and cabinets to provide plenty of storage space for everyone’s toiletries, from skincare to makeup, toilet paper, towels and more. 

    Choose from ACS Designer Bathrooms’ range of Stone Top Series vanity units and sleek cube solid surfaces to find the design that best complements your bathroom aesthetic. Best of all, since these are lower storage options, they are accessible for your little ones to reach their products. Our wall-mounted mirrored shelves can store smaller items within arm’s reach. 

    Separate your family’s towels with our range of towel rails, including our nifty heated towel rails to provide you and your loved ones with a warm, snuggly towel the moment you step out of the bath or shower and prevent the unwanted smell of damp towel lingering in the space. Some of our towel rails also include an open-layout shelf where you can store some folded towels and other bathroom essentials. 

    Our sophisticated bathroom stone accessories include bath tables and bath stone trays for a thoughtful touch so you can have all your essential products within reach and a stylish extension to your bathtub. Explore our entire range of bathroom accessories to optimise your bathroom storage in no time. 

  • Double vanity
  • If space allows, the ultimate family-friendly bathroom design idea is installing a double vanity — a game-changer for busy families. Why have your significant other waiting outside the bathroom door when you can have two areas of the bathroom operating simultaneously? 

    Make the morning rush feel like a breeze with a double vanity, providing ample counter space and allowing multiple family members to use the bathroom simultaneously. As everyone rushes to shave, brush their teeth or apply makeup before work or school, a double basin will help save you some much-needed time first thing in the morning. 

  • Separate toilet area
  • For added privacy, consider creating a separate toilet area within the bathroom. This means one family member can use the toilet while another uses the shower or sink, maximising the functionality of the space. You could even install a second toilet in your laundry to accommodate the needs of a larger family. 

  • Bathtub and shower combo
  • A bathtub and shower combo is a practical choice for family bathrooms, particularly in a smaller space. It provides the option of a quick shower for adults and older children while also accommodating younger children who prefer baths. It also allows adults to take a much-needed bath to relax every once in a while. If space allows, install a separate bathtub and shower to provide even more flexibility. 

    From freestanding baths to small baths for more compact spaces or gorgeous stone baths that will blend seamlessly into your bathroom decor, there’s a world of possibilities at ACS Designer Bathrooms. 

    Our bath spouts and showerheads include everything from classic shower heads to modern rail shower setups for an elevated experience or a detachable shower hose to make cleaning the shower easier or help rinse the little ones. Consider installing a lower sink or a step stool so children can easily reach the sink.

  • Bathroom lighting
  • Proper lighting is crucial in a family bathroom. Include a combination of overhead lighting, task lighting for improved visibility and accent lighting to ensure the space is well-lit. Consider installing a dimmer switch to adjust the lighting for a more mellow ambience, like a relaxing bath. 

  • Fun and functional decor
  • Add a decorative touch of personality to your family bathroom with fun and functional decor for a family-friendly bathroom design idea. Opt for colourful towels, indoor plants and bath mats and include wallpaper that appeals to your little ones. If space permits, including practical items like a laundry hamper and towel hooks will keep the space organised.

  • Future-proof design
  • When designing a family-friendly bathroom, consider the future needs of your family, too. Opt for a timeless design that will grow with your family and accommodate their changing needs. 

    Choose ACS Designer Bathrooms for your next bathroom renovation

    Designing a family-friendly bathroom requires careful planning and consideration of the needs of each of your family members. At ACS Designer Bathrooms, we are committed to helping you create a space that is safe, functional and reflects the unique aesthetic of your home. For inspiration on family bathroom ideas, explore our projects gallery to see our former bathroom renovation projects. 

    The key to an ideal family bathroom layout is flexibility — a well-designed space will adapt to the changing needs of your family and will provide comfort and convenience for everyone for years to come. So, start planning your family-friendly bathroom today and create a space everyone can enjoy. Browse our entire range of bathroom products to find what best suits your needs. If you have any questions, contact our team, who would be happy to assist you.