Happy Bath Time: Making Over the Kids' Bathroom Happy Bath Time: Making Over the Kids' Bathroom

While grown-ups often love to luxuriate in a nice long shower or a soothing hot bath, getting the kids to soap up can be enough to work you into a lather. To make bath time more of a pleasure and less of a pain, why not spruce up the kids' bathroom?

As is often the case when decorating for kids, safety is the first concern. That is especially important in the bathroom. Think on terms of the Sheffield Guidelines of Interior Decorating. The function of the kids' bathroom is to provide them with a place that they find appealing enough to spend some time, but which also won't endanger their well-being.

Inexpensive Changes

Making over the kids' bathroom doesn't have to cost a fortune. For less than $50, you can put cheerful cut-out no-slip pads in the tub, get some bright new washcloths, and hang a new shower curtain just for them.

If you have a small child and an older child, the older one may object to your attempts to make the bathroom "babyish." If that is the case, you can compromise. You don't have to get a shower curtain with a cartoon character. You can instead buy one with playful sea creatures. Decorative no-slip pads on the floor of the tub will ensure that everyone stays upright while showering. A partly-clear shower curtain will make for easier monitoring of bath time.

Another safety concern with all bathrooms is the electrical situation. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter electrical outlets are required by building codes to guard against shock. New buildings already have them, but if you're in an older home, the remodel project is a good opportunity to make the conversion.

With a few small adjustments, you can make bath time a lot more fun and a lot less painful.

Reprinted with permission from the Sheffield School of Interior Design

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