November 22, 2017
4 Ideas for Remodeling a Shared Bathroom
May 19, 2015
Shared bathrooms present many challenges, whether it’s a husband and wife, roommates or one bathroom for the entire house type of scenario. There is never enough storage space for everything, and someone is always waiting in line (or getting in another person’s way) to use the bathroom. If this sounds familiar, then you’ve come to the right place. Our Maryland bathroom remodeling experts at Bath Doctor are happy to share a few tips on how to make your bathroom work better for multiple users.
If you could, you would probably put in a triple vanity, but then you risk your bathroom looking like it belongs on a college campus. A double vanity is actually great, even if there’s more than two people using it. You have plenty of counter space for everyone’s items, as well as plenty of under-the-sink storage. Make sure to use your vanity storage wisely, because you will need every inch of that space underneath the sink. Take a look at these organization ideas to help you figure out how to store all those hair products, curling irons and nail polish neatly and out of site.
Mirror Medicine Cabinet
Medicine cabinets that double as mirrors have been around for decades, but they have come a long way in terms of both design and functionality. With a double vanity, you will need a pretty wide mirror to fit the space and allow for multiple people to use it at the same time. There are mirrored medicine cabinets designed with up to three sub-divisions, giving three family members room for their supplies. Needless to say, considering how tight the storage space in your bathroom already is, you should probably keep your medicine somewhere else. Use medicine cabinets for toothbrushes, mouthwash, dental floss, face creams, makeup, hair brushes and other smaller items of daily necessity.
Niches Are Your Friends
On the bright side, you don’t have to share the shower/bath space with anyone, at least not when you shower. But what you do need is plenty of storage for loofahs, shampoos, conditioners, soap, facial scrubs and whatever other personal hygiene products your family members use. And with 3-5 people each with their own set of products, you’ll need all the room you can get. Take advantage of the space between the studs and build recessed niches for extra storage space. You may still need one of those shower caddies, but the majority of your items should fit in the niches.
The more people are using the bathroom, the faster it will become dirty. There will be toothpaste stains on the vanity counter, soap scum on the shower walls, hair on the floor and many other messy areas that will require frequent cleaning. When choosing materials for your bathroom surfaces, look for materials that are easy to clean and that can withstand frequent scrubbing and harsh chemicals. For example, if you have a shower/bath combo, opt for an acrylic wall surround instead of tile with grout to avoid cleaning grout lines. If you are using tile on the floor or inside the shower stall, opt for larger pieces to use less grout.
With all of these things in mind, you’ll be able to build a bathroom that can easily meet everyone’s needs. However, to avoid lines to the bathroom, it’s best to schedule times when each family member does their showering, tooth brushing, hair drying, etc. And whether you need to remodel your bathroom with 3 people in mind or turn it into your personal oasis, our Baltimore bathroom remodeling professionals can help. We handle everything from low-key functional bathrooms to high-end spas. Contact us today for a free quote!