‘Jack and Jill went up the hill
To race to get to the bathroom
Jack made it first and locked the bathroom door
And Jill had to wait about an hour’
It doesn’t quite work, does it? But the essence of the poem is there when describing a Jack and Jill bathroom. Jack and Jill did things together and also shared the experience of accidentally tumbling down the hill (although Jack clearly came off the worse!). With Jack and Jill bathroom suites, space is shared, or at least that’s the idea behind it.
A Jack and Jill Bathroom is a bathroom that has two doors and is usually accessible from two bedrooms. It’s supposed to help cut down on the problems that most families face when it comes to the bathroom; who uses it first? We’ve all been there, waiting outside the bathroom while a family member takes forever to pluck their nose hair. But is a Jack and Jill bathroom the answer to this galling situation? Let’s find out.
Saves you money and space
In an ideal world, we’d all have our own bathrooms to help us get ready to face the day, but, unfortunately, this isn’t a world where weather forecasters predict the approach of money showers. For the majority of us we only have the one bathroom, and sometimes a downstairs bathroom if we’re lucky. If you’ve always wanted a second bathroom, but you’re concerned about having space or money to do it, then an existing bathroom can be turned into a Jack and Jill bathroom. That one bathroom will then serve two bedrooms, allowing people to come and go as they please. Well, that’s the theory anyway, but there are a few problems…
Sharing and Equality
Jack and Jill bathrooms promote equality in the family. By giving equal access to the bathroom from two bedrooms, you’re not getting a situation when somebody lays claim to a bathroom simply because it’s attached to or closest to their bedroom.
Yes, the Jack and Jill bathroom is made for sharing, but what about privacy? You don’t want someone from the opposite bedroom walking in while you’re on the toilet. To get around this both doors require locks, so you’ll need to remember to lock both if you require some privacy. You may wonder what the point is then, as people will still end up waiting outside of a locked door. If all that’s required is using the sink to brush one’s teeth or wash one’s face then you don’t have to lock the doors and people can come in and do their thing too, although you need to do a few things to ensure it’s different than your average bathroom and can be shared equally.
By having a Jack and Jill bathroom, you’re promoting equality between family members, especially when it comes to kids as it will help teach them how to share things. The bathroom doors can be locked from either side, so it still promotes privacy when you need a little ‘me’ time.
What Should You Have in a Jack and Jill Bathroom?
We would always suggest that you install two bathroom sinks in your Jack and Jill bathroom, that way two people can use it and don’t end up fighting over the one sink; otherwise, what’s the point in having a Jack and Jill bathroom in the first place? You don’t need to double up on fittings like showers and toilets, as nobody is going to want to use those when someone else is in the room anyway (maybe a shower if it’s in an enclosure, but having two showers running isn’t the best idea for your finances).
You’ll also want locks on both doors, from the bathroom side and the bedroom side. This ensures privacy for both those in the bathroom and those who don’t want to be disturbed in their bedrooms. The problem here is that you’ll have to remember to lock both doors when you go to the toilet, otherwise you may end up in quite the embarrassing situation! Remember to unlock both too, or you begin to annoy the other bedroom user.
The one major drawback to a Jack and Jill bathroom is that it’s stuck between two bedrooms, meaning that anybody else in the house (including guests) will have to walk through someone’s bedroom in order to use the bathroom. Though I suppose this is an incentive to keep those bedrooms tidy!
Note: This article was originally published on September 19, 2013 and has been updated and re-published.
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