By Meg Escott
If you want to share a bathroom between two bedrooms then these Jack and Jill bathroom floor plans might work for you.
This page forms part of the bathroom layout series.
A Jack and Jill bathroom is a bathroom that has two or more entrances. Usually the entrances are from two bedrooms but there might be an one entrance from a bedroom and one entrance from the corridor.
I’ve put together some layouts to inspire a design to work for your situation. And there's even layouts that get over the locking door problem!
Here’s a compact Jack and Jill bathroom floor plan. It’s shown here with a luxury shower size but you can replace it with a bath in if you prefer.
Here's a larger Jack and Jill layout with a double sink and a bath and a shower.
Another option is to put the washbasins in the bedrooms which means this bathroom layout can accommodate both a bath and a shower.
Here’s another bathroom layout which gets over the doors locking problem. People can handle brushing their teeth and washing their face or hands in a semi-private situation. So here the Jack and Jill arrangement opens onto two sinks (now that I think about it the doors might be better swinging outwards or even better, pocket doors). Then for private activities (toilet and shower or bath) there’s one door – no locking problem.
The only downside is that it requires a bit more space - perhaps to the extent that there would be room for two small en suite bathrooms. But then you've the expense of two sets of fixtures.
I was at the gym and an idea occurred to me. The gym has cubicles for toilets and cubicles for showers and they're both around the same size. Check out how that could be applied. In the layouts below you've got a private shower and a private toilet. For the shower door frosted or etched glass would be ideal. There's enough room in a shower like this to hang your towel the opposite end of the shower without it getting wet and then towel off inside the cubicle. So if Jack and Jill don't mind seeing each other wrapped in a bath towel this can be another answer to avoiding the locking door problem - AND it means that the toilet and the shower can be used at the same time.
One of House Plans Helper's readers (Hi Maggie) wrote in to tell me about the jack and jill bathroom they had as kids. It's not exactly the layout below but near enough. There are two toilets and sinks and a central shower. Apparently there was lots of fun to be had with cold water being thrown on the poor person in the shower.
Here's two layouts with the entry doors on the same side - one with the locking problem, one without.
If we put the cubicle idea to work for this layout we get...
There are fancy locks available which will lock both doors when one door is locked. If you stop and think about it though, if you're locking one door, the other door has to be closed in order to lock so this still doesn't wholly solve the problem. And the electronics required to make the lock work cost a pretty penny. I had a system priced up by and it came to over $900 no including installation!!! and it was a bit industrial looking.
If anyone out there knows of a cheaper Jack and Jill locking system I'd love to hear about it. Go ahead and contact me to tell me about it.