Wetrooms can be a fabulous solution for bathrooms. It’s basically a bathroom or shower room without the tray and restrictive screen. A wet room will look sleek and can be hugely practical in terms of cleaning and for people with mobility problems who might have trouble accessing a normal shower tray. It is also a particularly good solution if your bathroom is on the tiny side as it does away with a restrictive cubicle and will visually open up the space. Not too long ago a wet room would have been seen as something of a luxury and too complicated to install, but things have luckily changed and if you follow some tips and guidelines, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy a sleeker bathroom in your home.
Advantages of Having a Wetroom:
- Their sleek look that can be adapted to any style.
- Suitability to very small bathrooms.
- As a second bathroom, they can add value to your home.
Installing a wetroom really is a job for the professionals. The first and most important thing is to ensure the whole room is watertight. The whole room needs waterproofing (if this isn’t done correctly, it might result in damage to the rest of your home!) and tanking, which is the term for creating the drainage facility. As mentioned, this really is a job for professionals who will have to create a gradient for the water to flow away. This is often done by using something like a giant tray that slopes towards the drain and which is then tiled over. It is also advisable to raise the door threshold to avoid any water flowing into your hallway.
The overall design of your wet room is of course down to your personal taste. Classic and chic, fun and colourful, cool and contemporary – any choice works for a stylish wet room. There are decisions on colours and materials to be made and that’s of course where the tiles come in. Overall, since a wet room is all about a sleek look, my advice would be to go for tiles which are large in size and don’t have any small patterns.
You should use nonporous ceramic or porcelain tiles which will have to cover the entire room from floor to ceiling. Whilst the wall tiles are fine to be glossy, the floor tiles should be non-slip for safety reasons. Natural stone tiles with texture are a good option that provide some grip to keep you safe.
One last bit of advice: a non-obstrusive shower screen is a good idea in a very small bathroom if you want your towels and loo roll to remain dry whilst you’re having your shower.
I hope these tips help you to make a choice, but you should always consult a professional when it comes to the actual build.