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Five Tips To Make Your Family Bathroom Work Harder

Five Tips To Make Your Family Bathroom Work Harder

The average family bathroom can be hard to get right. It needs to be all things to all people. It needs to be kid-friendly, but still be a nice space for the adults in the house, and any guess you have. Sharing one bathroom between a lot of people means you need a good design that meets all those needs. Here are some tips to make your bathroom work hard. 

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  1. Go big. In a bathroom for the family, there will often be times when a few family members are crowded around the basin at once, so go bigger. Choose a vanity unit with a large trough-shaped bowl with plenty of counter space either side for everybody’s toiletries and toothbrushes. A double basin could also be an ideal pick for high traffic times in the bathroom, like first thing in the morning. Ask a plumber like https://www.stollwerckplumbing.com/ for suggestions for bigger basins.  
  2. Add in a bath. If you have enough room, a bath is handy for family life, especially if you have younger children. A bathroom with no bath can put be off-putting for potential buyers if you choose to sell in the future. A shower enclosure is also a useful addition for rushed mornings. If you don’t have space for both, fit a shower head over the bath. L or D shaped baths with one wider end and glass shower screen are a good selection, as they look sleek, but have room for showering. Choose a bath with taps in the middle so you can give small children a bath together without squabbles about who has to sit at the tap end. 
  3. Put in lots of storage. A bathroom that is used by a lot of people can quickly get untidy, so make sure you fit in as much storage as you can. Don’t pick bottles, bags, and brushes that will clutter up surfaces, and instead fit in cupboards below the sink, hanging cabinet mirrors, and fitting shelves where you can. If your bathroom isn’t large, glass shelves can be used to add storage without appearing to bring the walls in even nearer. Add storage that your children can reach. Baskets on open shelves are a simple way to tidy away toiletries easily. Give each family member their own basket to make keeping things tidy and free of clutter even quicker. 
  4. Lighten it up. Add task lighting over the sink. Spotlights or a glass mirror with built-in lights both work well. For a more relaxing atmosphere, like when you want to relax with a bubble bath, put in a softer light, like lights on a dimmer switch. 
  5. Colour-code your accessories. Save having piles of towels and face cloths everywhere by giving each family member a colour. If you don’t want lots of mismatched colours in your bathroom, buy towels in your bathroom colour scheme and then sew a loop of ribbon in their colour to use as both a hook and to show who it belongs to. 

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What You Need to Know to Choose the Right Bathtub

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

What You Need to Know to Choose the Right Bathtub

image-1When you need to buy new things for your bathroom you can simply go into the nearest bathroom accessories store, or order online and problem solved. While that is always a possibility, the chances of you being able to install it into your bathroom without any problems are equal to those of winning a lottery. If you wish to go home with a bathtub that will perfectly suit your needs, fit into your bathroom flawlessly and remain functional for a long time, there are several things that need to be taken into consideration before making a final pick.

Measure everything precisely

Even though it may seem redundant to emphasize that knowing the exact measures of the available space you have for your new bathtub is important, you would be surprised how many people end up returning their newly bought bathtubs because they proved to be too big to install. Bathtubs of various types come in standard dimensions. Custom sizes are also available, but they are usually significantly more expensive. In any case, make sure that the space designated for it will comfortably accommodate the one you pick. 

Proportions

When proportions are concerned, proper bathtub size is very important for two reasons. The first one is related to users themselves. The volume of the tub needs to perfectly accommodate the user. When you find a tub you like, do not be ashamed to sit in it, and that way see if it fits. That is the only way to be certain that it does. The second ‘proportion’ concern is whether your tub fits properly with other bathroom elements. A grand size tub simply sticks out when small spaces are concerned, while miniature tubs become lost in big ones. 

Interior design concerns

Being a centerpiece of a bathroom’s interior design, the type of the bathtub you opt for has an enormous impact in creating a harmonious environment. For example, if Victorian design dominates your bathroom, a clawfoot tub would fit perfectly. On the other hand, corner tubs are more suitable for contemporary settings, while freestanding bath is more universal, with models that are adequate for any interior design.  

Study different materials

image-7There is a great variety of materials that are used to build bathtubs and they all come with certain advantages and disadvantages. For example, acrylic tubs are lightweight and of high gloss but are less durable than cast iron tubs. On the other hand, cast iron ones require good support structure due to their weight and are rarely big. Cultured marble tubs are easy to maintain, highly decorative, but at the same time brittle and if cracks occur, they cannot be repaired. The list goes on and on, so make sure you get familiar with all the facts before you opt for a particular material.

Additional features

Naturally, the main reason why we all prefer bathtubs is the joy we feel when our entire bodies are soaked in water of preferred temperature. However, modern features that are continually being added to bathtubs raise this experience to a completely new level. Whirlpool tubs, foot massage jets and chromatherapy baths are just some of the modern, spa-like additions. If you like this kind of relaxation, make sure you check out every available option.

As you can see, choosing a tub requires a lot of thinking. It is a complex process, so consulting vendors, your friends and online sources like this one is advisable. However, something that is so personal should not be trusted into someone else’s hands. It is you who needs to make the final decisions. After all, you are the one that will be using it and the more effort you put into choosing the perfect one, the more you’ll enjoy it.

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Common Bathroom Problems You Can Fix In A Jiffy

Common Bathroom Problems You Can Fix In A Jiffy

If you’re like me, I’m sure your bathroom will be one of the most used rooms in your house! And because it is so busy, there are a variety of things that can go wrong in it. When things do go wrong, it can be a huge nightmare. Thankfully, common bathroom problems are actually fairly easy to fix even if you don’t have any plumbing experience. Here are some of the most common issues that crop up in bathrooms and how you can fix them in a jiffy. pexels-photo-105934-large-jpeg

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Ventilation Problems

If you don’t have a window in your bathroom, you will have to have some form of ventilation in there. More often than not, this comes in the form of a fan or air vent. Things can easily go wrong with ventilation systems. They can often be very noisy which can become annoying if you are trying to sleep and someone uses the bathroom. Some can also be extremely inefficient. It is worth spending slightly more than the average and installing a high-quality system. These can detect humidity and will work only when needed. And they are that quiet, you might not notice them working!

Damp

Damp is another big issue with bathrooms. In fact, this is often the first sig of a faulty ventilation system. That’s because damp occurs when the walls of the bathroom don’t get a chance to dry properly, and mold grows on the walls. In order to get rid of bathroom damp for good, you need to reduce the humidity and condensation in the room. The best way to keep condensation down to a minimum is to open a window or turn on the ventilation system while you shower. It is also worth wiping down the walls of your bathroom once you are finished in there. This will help dry them off. pexels-photo-large

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Leaks

Some small leaks will be easy for you to fix yourself. In most cases, they are the result of loose pipes. If this is the cause of your leak, simply tighten the pipes with a wrench. Keep an eye on the pipes over the next few days to make sure that this has fixed the problem. However, if you think you have a leak within the walls or somewhere you can’t get to, you should call the professionals. A plumber will be able to come around and fix the problem in no time at all.

Bad Lighting

If you get ready in your bathroom, you will want the best possible lighting so that you can see exactly how your makeup looks. Make sure all the blinds or drapes are open so that as much natural light can come in as possible. If you don’t have a window in your bathroom, you can install sconce lighting near your mirror. Place one on either side so that you aren’t bothered by shadows.

Your bathroom is a very practical room so it is important to look after it as best you can. Hopefully, this blog post will help you do just that!

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