Why Do I Need A Wet Room?

There are many reasons why you may want to invest in a wet room, which involves fitting a shower head for use without the need for a shower enclosure or a bath, and the rest of a room being waterproofed and its floor sloped to allow water to exit through a central drain. As well as the increased space that a wet room creates, which is ideal for smaller bathrooms, you can also benefit from the safety associated with a walk in shower, while gaining the ability to experiment with interior decoration and additional features. Moreover, wet rooms are easy to clean, and can add significant value to your property.

Increased Space


A wet room can represent an approach to bathroom renovation that saves a great deal of space; by removing your bath tub or a large shower enclosure, you can free up floor space, while still being able to make use of a wall mounted shower head. With an entire bathroom effectively converted into a walk in shower, you don’t have to worry about building around fixtures. Folding screens can, however, be set up to prevent a significant buildup of moisture on toilets and sinks.

Enhanced Safety


In many cases, wet rooms can be a lot safer than traditional bathrooms, with particular benefits for the elderly, children, and the disabled – rather than having to get in and out of a shower or a bath tub, wet room users can simply switch on the shower head – the additional space created by removing fixtures also means that wheelchair users don’t have to fit bath chairs and extra rails to a room. When combined with anti slip flooring, wet rooms can consequently provide less opportunity for accidents.

Interior Decor Flexibility


The extra space created by a wet room also has the effect of increasing your options for interior decoration, as most traditional bathrooms will have fixtures that make it difficult to experiment with wall fittings and other decorations. With a wet room, you can install more mirrors and distinctive shower heads with multi directional jets, while also adding in LED and other types of lighting. Alternatively, you can focus on having a minimalist bathroom design that keeps the decoration for the space simple.

Sell-On Value


Having a wet room, whether as your main bathroom, or as a conversion of a second bathroom, means that you can add more value to your property for a future sale; wet rooms offer an unusual addition to a property, and when combined with a more traditional bathroom, can make your home more unique for potential buyers.

Energy Savings


It’s possible to save on your energy costs with a wet room; by waterproofing, or ‘tanking’ a bathroom, you can trap more heat within a space, while still allowing moisture to be released through extractor fans; this kind of approach is ideal during the winter if you want to insulate rooms, and can help you to cut down on your central heating usage.

Easy to Maintain


Wet rooms are easy to maintain – the waterproof walls and tiles of a wet room can be wiped down on a regular basis, and lack the difficult-to-reach areas that distinguish traditional bathrooms with shower enclosures and bathtubs. The tiling used for wet rooms is also designed to be absorbent without causing a build up of damp.

Add on Extras


It’s possible to combine a basic wet room set up with some valuable extras – one of the best options you can go for is underfloor heating, which helps to reduce the drying time of your flooring, and improves the general comfort and luxury of a wet room; other investments like power shower heads and detachable screens can also multiply the design options for a wet room.

Rosa Safel is a DIY hobbyist who mostly blogs about interior design and solutions for cutting your energy bills. She’s been a fan of wet rooms for a long time, and recommends them as a great investment for your home.