From a New Partner: Jack and Jill Bathrooms

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Bathrooms can be a bone of contention in any household. This is particularly true when siblings are sharing a bathroom. Inevitably they both need to use it at the same times in the morning and evening, leading to conflict and stress. Many homeowners solve this interior remodeling dilemma with a Jack and Jill bathroom that is shared between rooms.

Available since the 1970s, Jack and Jill bathrooms are usually situated between two children’s bedrooms – although they could be shared between any two bedrooms, including guestrooms. Traditionally this type of bath included two sinks with a bathtub/shower combination and toilet in a separate room. The advantages of this set up are obvious. Two or more children can brush teeth or dry their hair at the same time. And each child has a place to store his or her own bathroom supplies. In addition, they are given privacy for bathing and using the toilet.

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When designing a Jack and Jill bathroom, start by considering the needs of the children and the rest of the family.  How much storage do you need?  How much privacy do the children need?  How willing are the children to share their toiletries?  Obviously the design is influenced by the number of children sharing the bathroom and their genders. Privacy becomes a bigger issue as children get older, particularly if they are opposite genders. Whatever you do, be sure that you install locks on the doors to ensure that privacy. Children should be able to lock the door to their bedroom as well as any door that leads to a separate tub/toilet room.

The design of a Jack and Jill bathroom can be challenging; not only do you need two vanities, but you usually have two doors leading into the bathroom. If the room is small, you may have little space to work with. Ideally each sink has storage underneath and its own medicine cabinet – or each child has a separate closet. Be sure to include two sets of shelves and two towel rods near the shower or bath. The lighting – particularly over the mirror – must be adequate for both vanities and each sink should have easy access to an electrical socket. If you have the space, you might consider a separate room for the toilet or giving each child a room with a separate toilet and vanity.

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Decorating a Jack and Jill bathroom can be tricky, since you need to take into account the different tastes and personalities of each child using the room – if they’re different genders, that compounds the complexity. One idea is to make the bathroom’s décor an extension of the decors in the adjoining bedrooms. Or you could use a shared interest or hobby – such as sports, sailing, or animals – as a decorative theme. If you choose such a thematic approach, don’t forget that children always grow up. Eventually they may not want Dora the Explorer or teddy bears on their walls. If you decorate carefully, however, the theme would be easy to change. One option is removable decals that you can change later on. Another option would be to paint the walls in a neutral color and demonstrate the theme through towels, rugs, and shower curtains that can be replaced as the children get older. 

The designer who created the décor for the Jack and Jill bathroom featured in the two pictures below used some creative problem solving techniques. Brother and sister couldn’t agree on a color scheme, so the designer used stripes of different colors on the walls of each vanity area – a more masculine color palette for the boy and a feminine one for the girl. In the shared shower/bathtub area, the designer covers the walls with playful bubbles that echo and combine the colors found in the two vanity rooms. 

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The picture below illustrates a classic Jack and Jill style bathroom with two sinks sharing a vanity and mirror. The bathtub and toilet are in a separate room.  The wood in this bathroom gives the space a more classic and rustic look.
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The bathroom pictured below has a very elegant set up, with bead board vanities and wall sconces for each sink. Note how the toilet is in a separate room for privacy.

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I love the playful décor of the Jack and Jill set-up below.  The bright colors and fun images create a kid-friendly environment.  The shared vanity provides plenty of storage.

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 Thank you for the post, and welcome, Case Design!
-Stacy

5 comments:

carolyn bradford said...

Jack and Jill set ups were great for us until our kids got a little bit too old for it…that led to a major bath re-do which turned out great. However…I do think Jack and Jill set ups can stand the test of time and then lend themselves to great guest/powder baths. Great post, Stacy!

Bethany Morrison said...

I love this Jack and Jill bathroom ideas! I have 2 kids, boy and girl, so naturally these designs will work for them. I specifically love the last one, those bathroom vanity units are simply cool, so bright and fun! I might do a renovation soon so I'll make sure to bookmark this for ideas.

Lawrence Banks said...

I'm sure my wife will go gaga over these bathroom vanities and designs. She's been bugging me for a bathroom makeover ever since we fixed our drain. She said it would be nice to do a complete overhaul of our bathroom. -Lawrence

Tia Maxwell said...

These are great bathroom inspirations. I especially loved the 6th one, with the rectangular mirror, for its stylish and elegant design.

Caren said...

I couldn't agree more. I've seen several successfully redecorated bathrooms similar to these ones in downtown minneapolis apartments.

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