Bathroom decisions: have you considered the benefits of walk-in showers vs cubicles?
Want to update your shower space but can’t decide between a wet room and cubicle? We’ve weighed up 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.
Benefits of a wet-room: consider the generous proportions and increased mobility
Bear in mind though that a wet room usually needs to be fully tiled on the floor and walls so it can be costly. But it does mean that you can introduce a modern design element with a bold geometric pattern or bright colour. Opt for a low-slip option and you can safely minimise the potential of any falls too. 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 shower cubicle. 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 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.