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The pros and cons of a wet room style bathroom

The pros and cons of a wet room style bathroom
8th November 2012

As bathrooms have evolved from simple and functional rooms to luxurious spa-like spaces, the way they are designed has also changed, leading to the popularity of wet rooms in modern homes.

While a traditional bathroom might have a bath that doubles as a shower, or a separate shower situated in the corner with an enclosure and raised platform to accommodate the shower tray, wet rooms offer a more streamlined feeling.

Indeed, with a wet room the entire space basically becomes a giant shower enclosure, with a drain inset into the floor and no visible shower trays in sight.

If you're thinking of renovating your bathroom and like the idea of having a wet room in your home, it's important to understand pros and cons of opting for such a space before you start making plans - just to make sure the finished result is something you're truly happy with.

The most obvious benefit of a wet room is the aesthetic appearance. They tend to have a sleek and modern look and a small bathroom can seem a lot larger if it's turned into a wet room, due to the open-plan design.

Wet rooms can also be a good choice for anyone that has problems getting in and out of a shower or bath, as they provide step-free access. What's more, wet rooms can be much easier to clean than more traditional bathrooms.

As for the negative aspects of a wet room, the biggest issue will simply be whether or not a wet room is feasible option for your home.

Because wet room floors slope slightly inwards toward the inset drain, the entire room will need to be built up a small amount, and this could mean your floors need to be strengthened to take the extra weight.

If you decide to install a wet room, be sure to consider the bathroom storage furniture and layout of the room carefully, as items are much more likely to get wet since there will be no shower curtain or enclosure to stop splashes.

You may also want to install a transparent shower screen, such as the 8mm Walk in Luxury Shower Screen, to help prevent water going everywhere without interrupting the open-plan feel of the space.

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