6 Wet Room Ideas for Small Bathrooms
Wet Room Ideas for Small Bathrooms
As lifestyles and homes change, wet rooms are becoming more and more popular as alternative bathroom options.
When it comes to traditional bathrooms the options are endless and wet rooms are similarly flexible, even for small bathrooms, so let’s take a look at what’s on offer.
What is a Wet Room?
In short, a wet room is simply a bathroom with shower but without shower tray, and in some cases without a shower door or divider.
You’ve potentially experienced a luxury wet room in a hotel before (if you’ve been lucky enough) and we guess you could probably call your old school showers a sort-of, basic wet room… Although the less remembered about them, the better!
Open Plan Wet Rooms
Wet rooms almost seem like the Marie Kondo version of a normal bathroom.
Don’t like it? Don’t need it? Remove it.
An open plan wet room follows this ethos and doesn’t include any type of shower door or divider. This, alongside the removal of the shower tray, means you now have an open plan wet room and a complete open space.
Great for a small bathroom where you want to maximise space. Just make sure you’ve protected your essentials!
Closed Plan Wet Rooms
Naturally, closed plan wet rooms offer a bit more division and separation.
This may be the best option if you don’t have the required space to create dry storage areas, away from water exposure.
Natural Style Wet Rooms
As you’ll see, the theme of minimalism runs parallel to wet rooms and we think a natural style goes hand-in-hand with this ethos.
When it comes natural style wet rooms, be wary of your tile choice. Something classic like slate might look great, but due to its porous nature, you will be entering into a commitment to seal and then constantly reseal the tiles from installation and thereafter.
Multi-Purpose Wet Rooms
We’ll admit this might not be the best option for small bathrooms but a multi-purpose wet room is an interesting proposition.
Essentially, within your wet room “shower space” you’ll also include a traditional bath, meaning you can get the best of both worlds if you please.
Like we said, this might not be possible for really tiny bathrooms, but even those on the small side can accommodate it and it represents a good compromise, especially if you have young children or just really enjoy soaking in the tub!
Rainfall Wet Rooms
Rainfall wet rooms could be particularly challenging in a small bathroom but it’s definitely worth considering if you want that luxury, high-end feel and finish. They’re a hotel classic for a reason.
Rainfall wet rooms derive their name from the “rainfall” style showerhead which is much larger than a traditional showerhead and simulates standing under a rain shower, but crucially at the temperature you want.
Obviously this type of showerhead will generate a substantial amount of water and splash-back so some form of shower divider is definitely recommended.
Minimalist Wet Rooms
Wet rooms, by there nature, are minimalist.
Essentially you’re removing some of the core, or traditional, elements of a bathroom with shower.
If you’re searching for that minimalist, clutter-free, look then a wet room could be perfect for you.
Wet Room Pros
Wet room pros include the fact that it’s different (if you want a change from the norm), more expansive, which is especially useful for small bathrooms, and easier to use and access, if you have mobility issues.
The last point is particularly important if you have a disability or impairment, or are considering living in your current home well into old age.
It might seem slightly depressing but in reality you’re simply preparing for future lifestyle changes, and wet rooms afford that crucial ease of access.
Finally, because wet rooms are wet by nature, not just name, they are built with slip-proof materials, which is always a plus.
Wet Room Cons
Wet room cons really revolve around the fact that you’re essentially opening up your bathroom to a lot more water exposure than usual. This can be especially tricky if you have a small bathroom.
The “wet factor” as we like to call it, means everything in the splash zone will most likely get soaked so it’s up to you, and your designer/fitter, to ensure dry space is designed in for all the usual bathroom essentials.
It’s also worth raising your door threshold level to avoid any flooding, should the worst happen.
Finally, dampness can also be an issue if the walls and floor haven’t been properly sealed and treated.
What do you think? Have we tempted you?
Speaking from experience, wet rooms are 100% more than just a stylish fad or high-end luxury.
The extra space, and increased mobility access, make wet rooms extremely practical.
They can also look pretty good, too.