You’re not the only one who thinks that some days, you live in a zoo. Since the dawn of time, little boys have been loud, busy, crazy, and dirty. These little bundles of awesome are hard to handle.
When it comes to bathroom habits, they’re hard to teach. Bad habits are tough to break, and even when you make it as simple as possible, there are days you think maybe they were only blessed with the ability to make messes – not clean them up.
Any way you look at it, having boys is a ton of work and a ton of fun. So how do you make it easier for them to keep their space clean while giving them the freedom to be themselves? Well, here are some ideas for you to consider when decorating your boy’s bathroom.
Things to Think About
There’s a lot to think about when renovating or decorating a bathroom. He needs a place where he wants to go. From potty training to the teenage years, he needs the privacy to feel comfortable getting clean and learning good habits early.
Here are some preliminary tips for a boys bathroom that may help you decide what you ultimately want to incorporate.
Easy to reach
For little boys, you need to make sure that everything he needs is within reach. Have you ever sent your boy to the bathroom to brush his teeth, only to hear a loud crash a few minutes later?
Whether he knocked the toothbrush holder off the counter or he pulled the whole towel rack down on top of himself, you need a better solution for those everyday items.
If you don’t want to replace the entire vanity, invest in some step stools to make it easy for him to access things that are stored higher up.
You might also want to consider storing things a bit lower for him. Hang towel racks at his level so he doesn’t have to reach. Store things like toothpaste and soap in lower cabinets instead of upper cabinets.
Storage for toys
What’s the bathroom for if not to play with toys in the bath? Make sure you give your boy proper storage for all of his toys. This makes it easy for him to clean it up himself when he’s done.
Encourage him to keep his toys organized so they’ll be ready for the next bathtime. That could include mesh buckets in the bath, plastic bins on the shelf, or canvas totes in the corner. Any way you slice it, boys will probably still get it right only part of the time.
The good news is, these solutions also make it easy for you to clean up after him, too!
Ways to clean up
This is where things get tough. How do you encourage a child to clean up? There’s no easy answer. But decorating his bathroom exactly how he likes it will help. If he loves Star Wars, chances are he’ll want to see those decals on the wall or those towels hanging on the rack.
Not only will he enjoy them himself, but he’ll have a blast showing them off to his friends. It’s a good incentive for him to keep it picked up.
Putting cleaning supplies where he can reach them and making sure he has enough storage for toys, extra towels, his toothbrush, and everything else he uses will ensure that he knows where everything is supposed to go.
Whether he puts them there or not is still a matter of chance.
Cute Design Ideas
Now that you’ve considered what your child needs in his bathroom space, you can start thinking about some cute ideas that might inspire you to get to work. From double vanities to decorations in the tub, here are some of the most fun things you can do in your boy’s bathroom.
If you have more than one child using the same bathroom, no matter their gender, you know what kind of chaos ensues. There’s no easy way to stop them from yelling, fighting, or making a mess. And when there’s water involved, heaven help you.
However, you can do your part in keeping them separated. Mostly, anyway. While double vanities are traditionally found in master bathrooms, they can be useful in secondary bathrooms as well.
This double vanity comes in three beautiful, modern colors with plenty of counter space for all of your boy’s things. As a bonus, it has some open storage at the bottom for towels and toys. Double bonus – it comes with a mirror, too.
Each child has their own space for toothbrushes, towels, toys, and anything else they don’t want to share. Reserve the space in between the vanities for things they can share, like soap, shampoo, and other cleaning supplies.
While you can get double vanities that come in one piece, it might be better to install two separate single vanities, like this, while leaving some room in the middle. That way they’re not right next to each other.
This particular design is another one with open shelving and a cool sliding barn door design on the bottom, which offers great, reachable storage for your little ones.
They still have plenty of counter space, plus they have their own space. I shouldn’t have to explain this one. You know why.
For those who are limited on space, install one sink with double faucets instead. It’s not a common or conventional solution, but that’s what makes it great. It’s unique to you, and you can still try to keep your kids separated.
This idea works best with a farmhouse sink or a big basin sink that comes in a larger size. That way each child still has their own space.
Whether you are installing single or double vanities, you might want to consider installing something less than ordinary. Anything that looks unusual is attractive to kids. Choose a modern design, a bright color, or a funky pedestal sink.
This pedestal sink has a modern and interesting design that kids will love. It’s white, so it keeps your bathroom looking bright and clean, but will add some whimsy and character to the space. It’s a great way to keep it looking both sophisticated and kid-friendly.
I can’t emphasize this point enough. Step stools in every room are great for kids. Especially in shared spaces with adults. If your boys bathroom is also a guest bathroom, you can place a collapsible step stool in the corner that your child can get when he needs it.
If you don’t want a step stool floating around the bathroom, you may want to consider a way to keep it stowed. Consider a vanity with an open design. Your boy can tuck his step stool away underneath the sink when he’s done.
If you’d rather have the storage space under the sink, consider a pull-out step. Reserve the bottom drawer, reinforce it to hold extra weight, and build a platform inside. Now, when he pulls out the bottom drawer under the sink, he can step on it.
If you do it right, when your boy grows, you can remove the step and use the drawer for storage again.
We normally associate a bench in the shower with senior citizens, but it can be great for kids, too. Incorporating a shower seat in the tub gives your space versatility. As a bonus, it gives him a great place to put his toys and play while he’s in the tub.
If you don’t want to put in a permanent shower seat, consider a waterproof design that you can use in the shower now and move somewhere else later. This attractive bamboo design is safe for the shower, fun for kids, convenient for adults, and could be used as a versatile bench anywhere.
Another idea for shared bathrooms is to make it exciting with whimsical lighting. You may not want to go overboard when it comes to kid decorations. It doesn’t feel all that welcoming to guests.
However, you can install fun lighting that everyone can enjoy and still keep the space sophisticated when your parents come to visit. This color-changing light includes a Bluetooth speaker, so everyone can enjoy some tunes while they’re in the shower.
If your child gets up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, but they’re scared of the dark, some multicolor night light pods might be just the thing to keep their bathroom fun and safe rather than dark and scary.
A toilet light may be something to think about, especially with boys who have – ahem – aiming problems. That way, whether it’s the middle of the night or bright as day, he’ll have something to aim for in an attempt to keep his space clean on his own.
If you want your bathroom to include a bit of humor, resonate with adults, and perhaps include a subtle reminder for small boys, hang whimsical signs throughout the space. A fun flush sign above the toilet might be cute, but we all know little boys need the nudge.
Hang a boys locker room sign above the mirror. Hang their initials above their side of the sink. Hang a fun saying about little boys above the towel rack.
And, of course, poop jokes will always be funny to little boys and big boys alike. Rustic signs on the counter or on the shelf with clean, but funny bathroom humor, like this or this, will make your family and friends laugh every time they see it.
Let’s be honest, in a boy’s bathroom, it just fits.
It doesn’t matter what your boy is into. Patterns are delightful ways to decorate spaces for kids. Stripes, polka dots, zig zags, and geometric shapes are stimulating and exciting. However, if your boy is into something specific, make it into a pattern instead.
Cars, trucks, tractors, dinosaurs, and all kinds of other images can be made into a pattern or found in a wallpaper pattern already. If you can find it, use it. Let someone else do the work for you.
Toilet bowl designs
Speaking of a little help, maybe some designs inside the toilet bowl will encourage some target practice. If you find yourself constantly cleaning up unspeakable things, there are decals you can buy for the inside of your toilet bowl.
Stick them where your boys can see them, and let them fire away.
There are a lot of benefits to open shelving, especially when it’s down low. It’s hard for little boys to remember where everything goes, but if he can see it, he can visualize it.
Choose shelving solutions for his bathroom that have an open design so he knows where all the clean towels are. Now maybe he can grab his bath toys by himself or dry off after the bath alone rather than relying on you to do it.
Install extra built-in storage
Most bathtubs and shower stalls have built-in storage for soap and shampoo. However, they don’t provide nearly enough, and they’re way too high for a child to reach. If you plan to retile the shower, install extra storage down low.
That doesn’t mean you can’t put extra built-ins at the top, too. This makes the bathtub and the shower functional for anyone who needs to use it. It gives your child an easy way to pick toys up when he’s done, rather than littering the bathtub, causing everyone else to trip, because he doesn’t know where they should go.
Pops of color
Just because it’s a boys bathroom doesn’t mean you need to go overboard. Sure, boys like boy things, but they’ll also be content with just a pop of color every now and then. If you prefer to keep things simple and clean, choose your boy’s favorite color and add it sporadically.
This elegant vanity proudly displays the color blue, which is a great boys color, but it’s also lovely and sophisticated, making the bathroom a great place for adults, too.
Towels, step stools, and his toothbrush will give the bathroom a playful look without making it feel overly childish. You could even take a chance at a bright, colorful countertop if you don’t want to paint the walls.
Pops of color are also unique when incorporated into fixtures. Faucets and showerheads are great places to include a little extra color and make it fun for kids. This is a great way to add a touch of color to a neutral bathroom.
A shower head that changes color can be a super fun way to encourage your child to get clean, and this one also comes with a temperature display, making it easy for you to make sure your child is safe.
You may also want to consider repositioning faucets or installing attachments that are kid-friendly. Many kids are afraid of water, so adding an animal attachment or a spout to redirect the water away from them might make it easier for them to get in without fear of being sprayed.
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Decorate the walls
If you intend to go all-in with your boys bathroom redesign, decorating the walls is a great way to overwhelm the space with fun. You can paint, you can wallpaper, or you can add decals, like this fun one that makes you feel like you’re in a submarine. It doesn’t matter how you do it.
It’s a great way to showcase your boy’s personality. These days, wallpaper has come pretty far. Gone are the horrors of removing it when it’s no longer wanted. Don’t fret about anything being permanent. You can always remove or repaint when you’re ready.
Extending your decorations onto the ceiling will give your boy a feeling of being in another world. Putting things on the ceiling has a transformative effect on any room.
If you don’t like the idea of wallpaper or choosing a paint color, let your boys decorate instead. Grab some chalkboard or dry erase paint, cover the walls from floor to ceiling, and then give your boys permission to write on it.
Not only is it a creative outlet for your child, but it lets them break the rules in a safe and constructive way, and it makes their bathroom unique. They can make it their own without getting in trouble!
Well-designed and well-placed hooks
Hooks belong in the bathroom. But there’s more to it than just hanging things. There are a lot of things to consider, like height, spacing, design, and more.
If you want your small child to be able to reach them, you can definitely hang them low. But consider how that placement will affect adults who use the space or him as he grows. Staggering hooks at different heights may be the answer.
Hooks are easy to reposition later, but it does involve patching the wall when you move them from where they used to be. Consider a redesign at a later date before planning out where your hooks need to go.
You also want to think about their design. Whimsical hooks can be fun for children and adults alike, but they should also be functional and easy for your child to use.
Lastly, think about how far they might stick out from the wall. These cute star hooks are low profile and great for kids.
There’s always a chance that your child might bump the hook, especially if they’re hanging at his level. Hitting a hook with the side of your arm never feels good, so think logically about placement.
Hooks are a great way to hang towels for multiple people using the same bathroom. If you have more than one boy using the bathroom or it doubles as a guest bath, hang as many hooks on the wall as you need.
Mount enough hooks by the bathtub to hang a towel for each child and hang enough by the sink so everyone has a place to dry their hands or brush their teeth without sharing.
Stacked towel racks
Rather than using hooks, you could opt for towel racks. The best way to accommodate people of all sizes is to stack them. Hang one towel rack at a normal height and another directly below it on the same wall.
This allows for a streamlined design that’s pleasing to the eye while your child can reach the towels on the rack below and adults can access the towels at a height they’re used to.
You could also choose to hang a couple of double towel bars to make room for plenty of extra towels, especially if the bathroom is shared by many people.
Build on neutral ideas
If you truly want the space to grow with your boy, start with a neutral canvas and build from there. Simple, clean fixtures at the base of your bathroom design will match any decorations you place in it.
When it comes time to change the bathroom design from Star Wars to hockey, it’ll be much easier (and cheaper) to accomplish.
If you need inspiration for your boy’s bathroom, here are some frequently asked questions to help you decide what to do.
A lot depends on how much renovation you plan to do, how much the materials cost, and whether or not you plan to do it yourself. A full renovation can cost anywhere from $1500 to $10,000 or more.
You can anticipate spending about $70 per square foot at the low end, installing everything yourself. If you want high-end fixtures and a licensed contractor to install everything for you, you’ll pay at least $250 per square foot.
This is all based on national averages. There are plenty of ways to renovate your boys bathroom while keeping it within your budget. Pick and choose what you can afford to do now and what you want to do later.
In general, homeowners can recuperate about 50% of what they spend on a bathroom remodel when it comes time to sell. However, if you’re not looking to sell right away, then you have other things to consider.
You have to decide if it’s worth the time, effort, and cost of remodeling your boys bathroom to make it work for your family. If it’s going to make life easier in the long run and you’ll be able to use it for a long time to come, then it might be worth it to you.
Being smart about how you do it can make it even more worth it. Considering who is going to use it, how much use they’re going to get out of it as they grow, and how you can make it work for everyone will ensure that you do it right.
This depends entirely on what kind of renovation you’re doing. It doesn’t have to be difficult to do small things like paint, install new fixtures, hang towel racks, and implement storage solutions.
However, if you’re looking at doing bigger jobs like tiling the shower, installing a new vanity, or working with plumbing, it might be smart to make sure you hire someone who has some experience.
Your Boys Bathroom
With these ideas, you now have plenty of inspiration to create your boy’s bathroom any way you choose. Make it work for you by combining these or coming up with your own. Not only will you have a functional and beautiful bathroom, but your boys will have a space they can call their own.