Jack and Jill bathrooms can be a great way for large families to save space and money in their homes. But, what exactly is a Jack and Jill bathroom? They are full sized bathrooms located between two other rooms, often bedrooms, and shared by multiple users. While there may be more than one sink, the facilities (toilet and shower/tub) are shared. Jack and Jill bathrooms make sense when private bathrooms for each bedroom are not physically or financially feasible, and if done right, are a great way to teach your kids how to share, communicate and compromise.
If your family is looking into building a Jack and Jill bathroom, or you already have one, we’ve compiled a few tips to maximize their convenience and make them more enjoyable to use.
1. Personal and Shared Space
The most difficult aspect of Jack and Jill bathrooms is finding your own personal space in a communal area. The key is to create enough space for each user. Do this by creating ample and separate storage space so they can keep their toiletries, towels and accessories apart from each other. It makes sharing space a lot easier when you have your own ownership as well.
2. Have Doubles
Make sharing easier, too, by making sure some things aren’t shared. Get each user their own bathroom accessories, like soap dispensers and towel racks. Let them make it their own space by allowing them to pick things out. It will feel more personalized to each of them. Most importantly, make sure they each have their own sink. That way, they can share the bathroom during less private activities like brushing their teeth.
3. Create a Neutral Background
Since they’ll have their own accessories, keep the rest of the room neutrally designed and stick to broad themes. Then, you can also affordably keep up with their design tastes by switching out these accessories instead of redoing the room or trying to come to a compromising design.
4. Create Privacy
This is the key a successful Jack and Jill bathroom. The bathroom is the most private room in the house, and when you share one, it can seem difficult to achieve that comfort. Make things easier for them by placing locks on both sides of both doors to keep accidental barge-ins from happening. There may be an occasional lock-out, but the overall comfort will be worth the accident. If possible, also create separate spaces for the shower and toilet, preferably sectioned off for additional privacy. If you can, this also makes sharing bathroom time easier for the users.
Jack and Jill bathrooms can take some getting used to as well as some compromise, but an overall great option for large families. They can be a great learning experience for your kids and an efficient option when adding another bathroom.
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