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Essential Guide to Wet Rooms

Creating a wet room provides a cool, trendy way to achieve a sleek, streamlined look and feel to your bathroom. Before refurbishing your bathroom, ensure that you carefully take into consideration whether a wet room would make the best use of available space.

What is a wet room bathroom?

A true wet room is a completely open plan space and the entire bathroom area is tiled in the same material as the shower area, this provides a greater sense of space, as well as creating a look that flows. A wet room also has no shower tray, this means the water drains away through the floor and is all on the same level.

Glass screens are often used in a wet room, this helps to protect loo roll and towels from getting covered in water every time you have a shower.

Is this style of bathroom right for me?

Wet rooms provide a great way to not only create a very contemporary, minimal look but can make the most of a medium sized bathroom, because there’s easily enough room to install all your bathroom items without creating an awkward space that you could end up having to squeeze around. If your bathroom is small and confined, everything is likely to get covered in water when showering, this is where a glass screen comes in useful.

If you want a quick bathroom refurbishment a wet room may not be the ideal choice, as the entire space needs tanking (waterproofing), which can be expensive. If the wet room is installed properly you should get many years of trouble-free use.

Is my bathroom suitable for wet room installation?

The wet room deck and waterproof membrane are suitable for both concrete and wooden floors, if possible set it into the floor or you could end up with a wet room floor that can measure up to an inch higher than the floor outside of the bathroom. The wet room deck has a gradient so that the water drains away, this area is then sealed and all the edges are reinforced with a waterproof adhesive before the tiles are fitted.

Ensuring that your floor is strong and sturdy is essential as any movement could cause a leak or crack in the tiling. Wet rooms are also easier to clean as there are not as many awkward corners, but they could need more regular cleaning as the entire area will get wet when you shower.

Wet room design

When designing your wet room carefully think about where to position everything, ensure that your heated towel rail is protected from the shower and that any shelving is installed high enough to not get splashed.

Also, it’s important that your lighting is waterproof. If you are including a bath in your wet room bathroom, choose one with a modern design to complement the style of the room.

Wall mounted sinks and toilets are ideal for wet rooms too, as they create maximum floor space and are more in keeping with the contemporary design.

What type of flooring is best for a wet room?

Ceramic tiles are the most durable and affordable solution for your wet room, but it is probably best that you choose ones with texture to make them less slippery. Black stone tiles are great for creating a bold, dramatic look but they can make limescale look more obvious, for a more natural feel limestone tiles are perfect, but they do require sealing to avoid water staining. If budget allows install underfloor heating to dry the floor quickly and to create a warm and inviting space.

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Liz: Liz has a passion for home decor, interior design and renovation projects.