Here are the pros and cons of both…
Recent bathroom trends have seen us move away from the traditional over-the-bath shower fixture towards having a separate shower cubicle or wet room. Both of these are perfect solutions for smaller spaces and much better than baths for those who have limited accessibility.
Wet rooms – or walk-through showers – conjure up images of a highly desirable, contemporary aesthetic with a pared down simplicity in the overall design. And essentially that is what they are; a room you can walk into, shower and not worry about the trip hazard potential associated with a traditional shower tray. A wet room also eliminates the need for shower doors, making them perfect for wheelchair users, those with reduced mobility or even anyone who struggles with gripping handles.
Bear in mind though that a wet room usually needs to be fully tiled on the floor and walls so it can be costly. However, anti-slip flooring and stylish wall cladding is a much more elegant, and cost effective way to add style and individuality. By adding a stylish handrail and a discreetly designed flip down shower seat it is simple to make an environment that is safe and easy for everyone to use, regardless of age or mobility.
Of course the detail is in the planning and fitting. The floor must allow for an adequate gradient and be properly sealed to cope with the free flow of water and to avoid any unwanted leaks. This is why wet rooms are often perceived as the more expensive option. A job well done will cost more but is essential for a successful end result. It’s also worth noting that a wet room is less water efficient than a smaller shower enclosure so bear that in mind when making your choice.
For a more cost effective option – and a less involved one from an installation perspective – opt for a walk in shower. These are ideal for very small bathrooms or for maximising the space potential of a corner or recess to provide a showering experience that is easy for everyone to use. Modern design configurations are available in Quadrant and Corner styles that can fit snugly into an awkward space.
There are numerous accessible products and accessories that can be fitted to update an existing shower space that will make it easier and safer to use by those who may be a little less nimble.
Whichever products you choose to incorporate into your space, there’s no doubt that showering can be safe and stylish too.