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on February 29, 2016 Bathroom

The Truth About Jack and Jill Baths

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Jack and Jill were inseparable siblings, so it’s no wonder the Jack and Jill bath is named after them.

But in real life, if Jack and Jill were forced to share a normal bathroom together, they would probably be pushing their sibling down the hill, hoping for some bathroom privacy of their own.

With the bathroom being the most fought over room in the house, the Jack and Jill bath helps circumvent common family hassles that come with hectic morning rituals.

For example, waking up the kids, getting them showered, fed and out the door -- and if teenagers are involved, those daily hassles are compounded.

A joint resolution: The Jack and Jill bath.


It ensures privacy, equal but separate space, and common conveniences for parents with children or homeowners who regularly have guests stay in their home.

The typical setup has a bathroom with two doors and is usually accessible from two separate rooms (and sometimes a corridor.)

Bathrooms can be costly and they can take up valuable space in the floor plan. Using one bathroom to serve two bedrooms can save space and money for larger families and those who have guests over, but not enough to warrant the build out of a private bathroom.

If you do decide to create a Jack and Jill bathroom, you should make sure you add in some conveniences that will ensure its success.

Here are a few to get you started:

Two sinks for two people -- at the same time.

Jack and Jill baths share a toilet and bath (or shower). It should also have two sinks, so the not-so-private bathroom activities (brushing teach, combing hair, applying makeup etc.) can take place in tandem. This saves time for everybody.

Locks that give occupants the privacy they expect.

Without locks on both sets of doors, occupants cannot achieve the privacy they would expect when using the bathroom. Locks need to be on both doors and those doors need to lock on both sides. As long as everyone gets into the habit of unlocking all the doors when they leave, so the bathroom is always accessible, both privacy and equality can be had.

Accessories and storage, times two.

If two sinks, two locks, and two doors in the bathroom are the norm, it only makes sense to double up on accessories and storage. For an equitable and smooth running, shared bathroom; double up on the vanity mirrors, towel bars, and storage areas for everything you assumed wouldn’t be necessary. In this case, it’s easier to give than it is take away. Don’t be bashful.

A bathroom designed for continuity.

Hiring a professional bathroom designer to help you with the remodel will give you the perspective you need to consider the function and efficiency of the bathroom in the future. For instance, what happens when the kids move away? An isolated bathroom with no access to the outside hallway is hardly an efficient use of space. If you plan on keeping the home in the distant future, be sure to let your contractor know, in order to help with a design that best serves the entire home’s floor plan when less people occupy the home.

The Jack and Jill bath addresses in-home challenges like determining who uses the bathroom first, waiting outside the bathroom while a family member takes an eternity to primp her hair, or take his morning shower.

The truth is, Jack and Jill bathrooms offer full privacy when needed but can open up the space when busy schedules demand it.