How to design a stylish and functional family bathroom

Achieve a stylish and functional family bathroom by following these practical design ideas.

By Paula Woods | 1 April 2020

Achieve an effortlessly hardworking room that performs under pressure by following these design tips for creating a functional family bathroom.

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Successfully designing a family bathroom involves meeting the requirements of several users of different ages, heights and sizes. It needs to function efficiently, be able to cope with some tough treatment, all the while still looking good for years to come.

Find the perfect fit

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With the British family bathroom often measuring in at under 5 square metres, planning a space-enhancing scheme is a priority. It’s also worth investigating the possibility of renovating to gain even an extra metre or two of room, as this may also add a little more value to your home.

To be able to move easily around the bath, basin and showe, allow 60-70 cm of clear space between each one and, for comfort, choose the biggest designs you can while taking this into account.

Bath and shower ideas

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A bath is a must for young families and a curved, double-ended design looks great and offers ergonomic space for bathing two children at the same time. ‘Freestanding tubs work for the whole family and if space is tight, there are smaller versions available,’ says Barrie Cutchie, design director at BC Designs. ‘Placing the taps in a central position will avoid any arguements about who gets the tap end.’

Storage options

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