What Is a Jack and Jill Bathroom and Is it Right For Your Home?

Matt Marandola
Written by Matt Marandola
Updated December 16, 2021
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Highlights

  • A Jack and Jill bathroom connects two bedrooms

  • The biggest benefit with this bathroom-type is the space it offers

  • Jack and Jill bathroom styles are customizable

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While Jack and Jill are famous for running up the hill, they’re not necessarily known for running to the bathroom. But these bathrooms have nothing to do with the nursery rhyme and instead focus on maximizing your bathroom space for other rooms other than the primary bedroom. It features two doors on separate sides and is a shared space between two bedrooms.

What Are the Pros of a Jack and Jill Bathroom?

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The largest benefit of a Jack and Jill bathroom is the amount of space that comes with it. You can typically fit two sinks, a full bathtub and still have plenty of room for the toilet.

A Jack and Jill bathroom is typically only accessible by entering one of the two bedrooms it's connected to and is a way for the people in these rooms to have a private bathroom without necessarily having their own bathroom. This makes it an excellent option to consider for families with children or even college roommates.

What Are the Cons of a Jack and Jill Bathroom?

Like any bathroom with two doors, you’ll need to remember to close both before ensuring you have the bathroom to yourself. This could lead to a few screams and mishaps if you don’t remember to fully lock the doors or even close them.

If you're working on opposite schedules, for instance, with one child who's in college and doesn't get up until 9 a.m while the other is in high school and gets up at 6 a.m., the one in college might be in for a very abrupt awakening.

How Do You Know If You Have a Jack and Jill Bathroom?

Just because a bathroom has two doors doesn’t necessarily make it a Jack and Jill bathroom. The Jack and Jill bathroom criteria require that it is not accessible from the hallway, and you must enter either of the two rooms to enter. There are some exceptions where the bathroom is also connected to the hallway and the two bedrooms.

But if it’s only connected to one bedroom and the other door is only in the hallway, it does not fall under the Jack and Jill category.

Is a Jack and Jill Bathroom Right for Your Remodel?

If you’re looking to gain more room in the bathroom for the other members of the household, then you might want to consider a Jack and Jill bathroom. However, you should inquire with the people living in those rooms before finalizing any decisions. While it may expand on bathroom space, it might not be favorable for those that enjoy their privacy.

A bathroom remodel will cost anywhere from $6,200 to $15,250, so it’s best to ask as many questions as possible before making the decisions. If everybody seems to be on board for the remodel, get into contact with a bathroom remodeler near you to get the project started.

What Are the Layout Options for a Jack and Jill Bathroom?

Jack and Jill bathrooms are relatively customizable. You can choose anything from a simple half-bath with a toilet and sink only. Or you can go all out and have a sink for each bedroom, a closed-off space for the toilet, and possibly even a large tub with jets with a separate shower.

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