Bathroom storage

August 20, 2012

Tub toys are essentials for toddlers in the bath, while teenagers usually prefer to accumulate grooming and beauty aids on the countertops. Remember, these items need a place to be stored, which means planning for storage compartments if you want to keep them out of sight when not in use. A colorful plastic milk crate can hold toys and be stored in a low cabinet that is easily accessible for young children. When they grow older, consider installing a rollout tray to hold grooming aids in the same place.
More safety considerations come into play in the design of a bathroom that young children will be using. Some safety devices can be installed and then removed as the children grow older and don’t need them. For instance, installing latches on toilet lids reduces the chances of a child drowning, which can happen in just a small amount of water. Choosing larger instead of smaller cabinet pulls eliminates the chances that a child will unscrew one and swallow it. Of course, the very best safety rule of all is never to leave a young child unattended in a bathroom, not even for a few seconds.
Rounded instead of squared counter-top edges, especially at the corners, look attractive but, more important, they also eliminate the potential for injuries or scratches. Look at other places in the bathroom where square or sharp edges and corners can be found, such as on a towel rack, shower doors and shelves. If you can eliminate any angles by substituting rounded versions, do so. If not, put protective padding on hazardous edges or corners, at least until young children grow older and taller so their heads are above the edges.

Category: How to design a room

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