Designing a Jack and Jill bathroom for your home? There are many key layout tips to keep in mind in order to ensure your bathroom is both functional and aesthetically pleasing for its occupants. Below, designers share their tips for everything from hardware to vanity color to storage. Read on for ideas and to admire some of our favorite setups.
What Is a Jack and Jill Bathroom?
A Jack and Jill bathroom is a shared bathroom that connects two bedrooms, often for children. They are usually only accessible from the bedrooms, and may have double sinks or vanities.
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Highlight Favorite Colors
In a Jack and Jill bathroom for twin boys, architect and interior designer Barry Goralnick drew inspiration from each child's bedroom—one blue and one green—incorporating some of each hue. "The bath was white with touches of each color, separate toilet and shower spaces, twin sinks and plenty of storage for each kid," he says.
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Build a Separate Shower Room
If you don't wish to include two doors, try this hack. "My advice is to actually build a toilet or shower room, similar to what you see in hotels," explains Jean Brownhill, founder of home renovation company Sweeten. "In this configuration, the area of the bathroom that truly needs privacy is behind one singular, lockable door, while allowing access to the sink and linen closet for other users."
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Keep Some Features Uniform
"Usually the plumbing fixtures, tile, counters, cabinetry, and lighting are the same," designer Judy Pickett says of Jack and Jill bathrooms. However, if the space is shared by siblings, you can still achieve the best of both worlds. "I use the same color palette and possibly add wall covering that is fun for both," Pickett adds.
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Add These Personal Touches
Not all Jack and Jill bathrooms feature two separate vanities, but a bit of clever styling can help children make the most of this shared space. "If you have a double vanity, I always recommend giving each kid their own bath mat and step stool, as it can help them 'mark their territory,'" designer Georgia Zikas suggested. "If you only have one sink, then give each kid their own toothbrush cup or their own piece of art to hang so they feel the room is uniquely theirs."Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Two people sharing a bathroom equals an increased need for efficient storage. "Carve out all the storage space you possibly can with a modern-day mirrored medicine cabinet that vanishes behind the wall," designer Lynn Stone advises. "It can provide a perfect spot for bathroom essentials and beyond." And don't forget about other forms of hidden storage. "Choose deep vanity drawers over small ones to tuck away products, bottles, and larger items," Stone adds.
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Stick to Twos
When designing a Jack and Jill bathroom from scratch, opt for two of everything, designer Tony Mariotti suggests. "Keep in mind how notoriously territorial kids can be. The more you can divide and conquer in the design the better." This will only become more important as your children age. "Especially when they’re teenagers, kids don’t want their products co-mingling," Mariotti adds.
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Incorporate a Laundry Chute
Don't let the bathroom floor become a dumping ground for t-shirts and sweatpants galore. Notes Mariotti, "If you’re in a two-story home, a laundry chute is key for a Jack and Jill, especially as teenagers can be incredibly messy."Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Don't Forget About Door Locks
In a Jack and Jill bathroom, there are extra considerations to be taken into account with regard to door design. "Both doors need locks, and on both sides of the door so that each bedroom has privacy while the bathroom is in use," designer Billy Ceglia explains.
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Include the Right Lighting
The more light switches, the more functional a Jack and Jill bathroom will be. "Three-way light switches should be installed by each door so that the lights can be turned off from either side," Ceglia notes.
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Or Include Sconces
Sconces are also an excellent choice for a Jack and Jill bathroom, particularly when a double vanity is used. "In this situation, we place a single sconce on each outer side of the sinks, and one double sconce in the middle of the two sinks," designer Jennifer Barron says. "This gives a very cohesive look."
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Separate the Vanities
You can separate vanities by placing a hutch-style cabinet in the middle of the countertop or place vanities on opposite sides of the bathroom, Barron notes.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Design With Longevity in Mind
In the process of designing a bathroom that will appeal to your children, be sure to think about the long haul, designer Kristina Phillips says. "Use materials and colors that will not feel dated as the kids grow up."
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"The best Jack and Jill bathrooms have a strong sense of symmetry," designer Christina Kim says. "Sometimes the architecture doesn't allow for this however, and you have to trick the eye a bit." She suggests painting the vanities in a bold shade to do so. "Placing one long mirror above both vanities also goes a long way in balancing an asymmetrical layout," Kim adds.
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Or Try This Layout Idea
Designer Nicole Michael offers a twist on the traditional Jack and Jill layout. "Each of the bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom with a sink and a toilet, but then those two rooms connect to a common shower room," she suggests. " This is especially if you have kids of the opposite sex: It gives them privacy but also a great opportunity to learn how to share a space. You also save on construction by not duplicating a tub or shower."