10 Design Tips for Kids’ Bathroom

Here are 10 design tips that are a must when designing a kids’ bathroom.

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When I renovated this house almost three years ago now, I knew the kids would have their own bathroom and I wanted it to be as functional as possible since the room was small and kids are kind of messy. These ten bathroom design features or tips are an absolute must when designing a kids’ bathroom that is functional and practical.

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1. Storage

Storage is a must in the bathroom vanity. I had my cabinet maker create this cabinet with a drawer on the bottom. It’s great for spare toothbrushes and other small items. Washcloths and extra shampoo etc. are in organizing bins in the cabinet.

The bathroom vanity in a kid's bathroom.

2. Small Sink Equals More Counter Space

Kids don’t need a big sink. I opted for a smaller sink so I could have more counter space. Sometimes you need to plop a kid on the countertop and there’s always lots of stuff to put on the bathroom counter. If they had a big sink, they would just fill it up for their dolls anyway.

A small sink design, American Standard.

3. Removable Toilet Lid

This is life changing! I think this is a must in every household especially when you have boys (men included). Nothing is grosser than cleaning a toilet so you might as well make it as easy as possible with toilet lids that remove so you can clean them properly.

A toilet seat that is removable.

There are just two buttons on the inside and the whole seat just snaps off easily. Genius!

The seat removed off the toilet.

4. Dark Grout on Floor Tile

I love a white bathroom and the white grout on the shower wall is fine but the floor grout needs to be dark. No more worrying about dirty feet staining your floors!

Dark grout in the floor.

5. Bathtub

I’ve seen many houses that don’t have a bathtub and I assume that kids don’t live there. If you’re designing a kids’ bathroom, this is bathtub is a must!

The kid's bathtub with little toys on the edge of the tub.

6. Spray Nozzle Shower Head

Kids are messy and nothing is easier than spraying down the bathtub after with the shower nozzle. A must!

A spray nozzle shower head.

7. Tile that Extends from Shower to Back of Toilet to Sink Backsplash

The more tile you have covering your walls the better. It makes for easy wipe down and you don’t have to worry so much about splashing. Did I mention kids are messy?

Tile that extends all the way behind the toilet in the bathroom.
A large mirror in the bathroom.

8. Add as Many Towel Bars and Hooks As You Can

A towel bar behind the door is a great way to dry a towel. We have hooks by the tub for the kids to easily grab but we seem to rotate through many towels in our house and air drying them allows for multiple uses.

Towel bars and hooks in the bathroom.
A pink towel hanging on a hook in the bathroom.

9. Stool

A stool is a must for little ones. Make sure you purchase one that has a grip on the bottom like this one from Ikea. I’ve also seen cabinets where that bottom drawer pulls out to become a step but in our bathroom the door needs to be closed in order for the drawer to be opened. Also, I needed the extra storage that the drawer provided but making the bottom drawer into a step is something to consider if you have the space.

A stool in the bathroom.

1o. Fun accents

I kept this bathroom really plain-Jane so it’s more functional and practical but adding some fun touches truly makes this a kids’ bathroom. I added a whale bath mat, shower curtain and whale soap dispenser to add fun to this room without effecting the overall budget.

A whale bathmat beside the tub.

I hope you enjoyed these 10 design tips for a kids’ bathroom! Let me know if you have any to add!

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  1. Your tips are all spot on and the bathroom is beautiful! One thing I wanted to mention, that we had in our previous house, while our kids were small, was a bread-board type pull out between our bottom drawer and the cabinet doors in the vanity. The cabinet maker made it strong enough to hold about 100 pounds (he said, we never tested this) so it was perfect for the kids to stand on once it was pulled out and it took almost zero storage space away. It was so great – I just want everyone to know that’s an option. 🙂

    1. Hi Linda,
      Yes! That’s so cool! I mentioned something like that in No. 9. I thought of doing that but the door has to be closed to open the drawer on the vanity because it’s so tight in there and I wanted to make sure the door was kept open for the most part as my kids are young. I love that idea!
      Hugs, Jamie

  2. You did a really lovely job with the kid’s bathroom makeover. My preferred portion is the shower. I think this is an impeccable bathroom modify for kids. Kids will be kids only they just know how to play all over. Thank you so much for sharing your creative post. Keep it up.

  3. Hello! Wow, you did an excellent job with the kids bathroom! I was wondering what size subway tiles did you use for the bathroom?

  4. Thank you so much, Jamie! I’m so glad I found your site for inspiration and sanity as I undergo a kitchen & bathroom reno. Many, many thanks!

  5. This is a great post. We are selecting a gray grout for our bathroom floor. Do you recall which brand and shade you went with here?

    1. I’m sorry, I don’t know that info, Alyssa. My contractor showed me some grout colors and I picked one. I don’t think you can go wrong with grey grout.
      Hugs, Jamie

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