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How to make a wet room

Posted on Thursday 6th April 2017 by James Roberts

Splash out on a stylish wet room or walk-in shower with our expert guide

wet room designs - example of a wet room with white tiles

What is a wet room?

A wet room is a showering space that is fully tiled and can include a glass screen to prevent spray from reaching every corner. If space is tight, you can still create a wet room look with a slim, flush shower tray. A wet room will take your showering experience to a whole new level where the design is only limited by the bathroom walls. This room, which will include a basin and WC, will be tanked to make it completely waterproof with adequate water drainage, such as a shower floor former or sub-floor, which will be tiled over.

Wet room designs - Ultimate2 walk through glass panel with grey decor

Our Kudos Ultimate2 Walk Through Glass panel is smart, sleek, and ideal for preventing unwanted splashing from reaching other parts of your room.

Benefits of a wet room

They not only look incredibly stylish and ultra modern, but a luxury wet room offers a flexible alternative to the standard bathroom. Choose a wall-hung sink and WC and they will be even easier to keep clean and can instantly add value to your home. Wet rooms make the perfect choice for a small bathroom, as removing the bath will create more space and suit children, older people and those with mobility issues as they are easily accessible.

Wet Room Designs - Double-Sided Walk-in Shower Enclosure

Stylishly sleek, our Simpsons minimalist double-side, walk-in shower enclosure features discrete framing, clean lines and 8mm toughened glass for a sophisticated showering solution

How to make a wet room

It’s best to employ a specialist company who can design and create your wet room for you. If you choose a ground floor or basement area, your sub-floor is likely to be solid. However, you may need to strengthen joists with waterproof plywood if you choose an upper floor level. A bathroom expert will visit your home and explain your options to you.

How to make a wet room - natural stone tile wet room

Our Abacus M Series Shower Screen features a handy 180 degree return panel and 8mm toughened glass. It looks superb with the Pure range WC and matching basin

Making the slope

A slope will need to be created which will channel the water into a drain. A sub-floor made from special plywood can be used, a pre-formed shower tray can be set into the floor and tiled over or you could choose a giant pre-formed tray, which fits across the floor and will slope towards the drain. Impermeable sheeting, a sealant or prefabricated water-resistant boarding should keep your wet room waterproof.

Access Tray for a wet room

Series Low-profile trays will allow for easy installation of level access wet rooms so why not pick our Simpsons’ Linea Level Access Tray at just 30mm deep? 

Other wet room considerations

The floor covering you choose is an important element to consider to create a wet room, which will not only look the part but offer durability and stand the test of time. Non-porous tiles or sheet vinyl, for example, will work, but make sure you choose non-slip tiles underfoot. Don’t forget to fit a high-performance extractor fan (your wet room specialist will help you) and perhaps think about under-floor heating, which will keep tiles warm underfoot and will dry water on the floor far quicker. A glass screen will make a perfect splash barrier too.

Wet room designs - modern wet room with dark tiles

If you are looking for a seamless finish on your tiled floor, look no further than our Impey Aqua-dec Linear Wetroom Floor Former featuring stainless steel inserts. This model has been specifically designed with only two gradients, making tiling easier so you don’t have to mitre the tiles in the corners.

How much does a wet room cost?

Your wet room cost will depend on a variety of factors, but you could be looking from around £6,000, which will include tanking and installing your wet room from the shower and bathroom suite to the tiles and accessories.

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