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Bathroom time in the morning has been a source of contention for many a household. With limited time to get up, get ready, and get out the door, it can be difficult to make sure each person in the family has enough time to use the bathroom. And we all know every family has that one person who doesn’t know the meaning of hurry! Therefore, today, we will try to understand one particular type of bathroom layout which might solve all your problems. We will begin by answering the question — what is a Jack and Jill bathroom?
It is a bathroom shared between two bedrooms (or other rooms) with doors and a lock on both sides. Therefore, it opens up the possibilities for time management in families. It often has separate sinks, but users share the bath/shower and toilet area.
Now that you know what is a Jack and Jill bathroom and are considering one, you could enjoy its many benefits.
Want to go deeper on Jack and Jill Bathroom design? Take a look at our guide here.
Rather than build multiple bathrooms to accommodate multiple bedrooms, a Jack and Jill bathroom can serve two bedrooms at once. If you’re considering a remodel to create more bathrooms, it shall provide the access and accommodations you need without building a whole new space. You can often turn an existing bathroom into a Jack and Jill floor plan.
A well-designed Jack and Jill bath will have doors blocking the separate areas of the bathroom, like the toilet and shower. This allows multiple people, especially in larger families, to get ready at once. Someone can be brushing teeth while another is showering. And because of the doors, privacy doesn’t need to be compromised.
If your bathroom does not have these individual doors for the separate areas of the bathroom, make sure both entrances from the bedrooms lock to provide privacy. You’ll still get the benefit of multiple people being able to brush teeth, do hair and makeup, and other non-private routines at the same time.
Being able to access the bathroom directly from the bedroom is ideal for children, especially when they’re young. Waking in the middle of the night and walking down a hall can be disorienting, and even scary, for some children. Having a bathroom entrance which shares space with the bedroom can eliminate that fear — and also ensure small children make it to the bathroom on time!
Most Jack and Jill bathrooms double up on the amenities. Two sinks, two mirrors, two linen closets, and two medicine cabinets is a perfect way to remove crowding. While sharing is caring in most cases, sharing in the bathroom can lead to screaming matches (or worse) amongst siblings. Take away the need to share by doubling up, and provide a much smoother flow in the morning and bedtime routines.
Since the bathroom is typically only accessible through bedrooms, it affords an amount of privacy for those who use it. Without a hall entrance, guests and family members who don’t use one of the adjoining bedrooms will use a different bathroom. This means you can keep the bathroom as you like it, and don’t have to worry about guests seeing clutter.
A Jack and Jill bathroom solves many common problems and help families in running smoothly — particularly in large houses. It won’t help at homework or chore time, but it will certainly help your family get along better during those crucial morning routine minutes. If you’re considering a bathroom remodeling, find a qualified contractor who has experience building Jack and Jill bathrooms.
Now that you know that a Jack and Jill bathroom saves money, space, and has many other benefits — are you ready to get one for your home? We think it’s a blessing for a large family. And, of course, siblings who fight each other to use the bathroom. Remember the brother and sister in the nursery rhyme? That’s where the name of this innovative and utilitarian bathroom comes from.
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