How To Choose Between a Wet Room and a Bathroom
There is a growing trend to be seen in the number of people who are installing wet rooms into their new homes as well as those who are now converting their bathrooms into wet rooms, and this is down to many different reasons. What was once largely a feature that was only seen in hotels and leisure centres, wet rooms are becoming a firm fixture in the modern home. However, before you jump on the bandwagon and join this growing trend by adding a wet room to your home, you need to consider a couple of key factors. To help you decide between installing a wet room or a bathroom in your home, we’ve compiled a list of important influential factors for you to consider.
Wet rooms are a huge attraction to those with poor mobility or to households where a family member has a disability. Wet rooms create a much easier space to navigate, especially the shower area, as it is an open space that is easily accessible. If mobility is not an issue in your household, you can afford to fill the space with a large bathtub and vanity units – and indeed position them wherever you like. However, one key issue with regards to wet rooms and those with poor mobility is the likelihood that they could easily slip on wet tiles. Therefore, if you do choose to install a wet room, choose tiles with non-slip qualities.
If you are dealing with a relatively small space, a wet room can prove a smarter option than a bathroom. An open shower space, with completely tiled floors and walls and a minimalist toilet and sink unit can create the illusion of a much larger space. If available space is not an issue for you, your options will be much more flexible. In general, the key attraction to a wet room over a bathroom is the need to save space and achieve a more minimalistic look.
Are you a shower or a bath person? That’s an important question that you’ll need to ask yourself. If you install a wet room, hot, relaxing baths really become a thing of the past. However, if you are more a frequent shower user and require the ability to take a shower and clean up quickly afterwards, a wet room can prove the more attractive option. Is your bathroom a place of luxury and relaxation or do you require a wet room where you can take a quick dip every morning? Only you can answer that!
Depending on the type of drainage available and whether you opt for additional features such as under floor heating, a wet room can prove a less expensive option to install both in the short and long term in comparison to a bathroom. Wet rooms usually require the installation of durable porcelain or ceramic tiles that can last much longer than the wooden floors you might find in a bathroom.
Choosing between a bathroom and a wet room is not an easy decision, which is why we hope that this guide provides you with a better insight into what you need to consider to come up with the right answer to suit your specific circumstances.