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How to Design a Wet Room for Your Bathroom


If you have the space in your master bathroom, a wet room could be an ideal setup. A wet room is simply a soaking tub next to a shower. A wall, typically made of glass, keeps the wet room separate from the rest of the room. Such a setup lets you keep the majority of your wet area in one enclosed space - hence the name.

Shower Stall Design

The hardest working part of your wet room will be your shower stall since you'll be using it every day. The design should be similar to the layout for a doorless or curbless shower. In this case, you'll have a tile floor that slants down to the drain. You can have any type of shower head, including a spa panel, but make sure to direct the sprays so that they don't escape the enclosure.

Typically, there's no delineation between the shower space and the soaking tub since excess moisture won't damage the latter. However, if you do want to delineate the space, consider a glass wall. One goal of a wet room is to keep the space open-looking, so you don't want to close off the shower with an opaque wall.

Soaking Tub Selection

Your selection of the soaking tub will be one of the big style choices you make for your wet room. Most wet rooms feature a freestanding bathtub, usually in the classic white porcelain. This choice keeps the overall look of the room neat. However, there's nothing to preclude you from having a tub surround added or choosing another style of soaking tub.

One of the most popular choices in soaking tubs is the copper variety, which adds a touch of color to your wet room. According to Better Homes and Gardens, adding a polished iron exterior to a soaking tub gives it a distinctly French flair. Japanese soaking tubs, often made of wood, are another stylish option.

Tub Filler Choices

Your choice of tub filler is another important consideration. Your three choices are floor-mount, wallmount, or tub-mount fillers. The placement of the tub and whether you include a surround will largely drive your choice.

Tub fillers also come in a variety of finishes, usually metallics including gold, stainless steel, and bronze. If you want a traditional look, consider gold. Bronze tends to be more historical looking, while stainless steel feels modern. The shape of the filler also ranges from historical to ultra-modern.

Glass Wall Options

While it's possible to enclose your wet room in standard walls, the vast majority have a glass enclosure. The contractors will have to use the same heavy grade of glass they use for frameless glass shower enclosures. Manufacturers temper the glass for safety purposes, and the heavy grade ensures structural integrity. The contractors use hidden fasteners to install the wall.

If you have the space, your wet room can be left doorless. This setup allows for a seamless look to your wet room. However, if there's a chance water could spray out of the room, you'll want to include a door. Usually, wet rooms feature hinged doors, again similar to frameless glass shower enclosures.

Homeowners usually choose clear glass for their wet room enclosure. In fact, some upgrade to the low-iron glass that eliminates any green undertones for a truly crystal clear effect. Conversely, you may prefer privacy in your wet room.

Options for privacy include frosted or etched glass. The frosting or etching can give you anything from a barely opaque to fully opaque coverage. You can choose repeating patterns or pictures. It's even possible to have layers of glass that create a three-dimensional picture.

Wet rooms have many advantages, including being easy to clean and a good utilization of space. If you want to enclose a wet area behind glass, visit Concord & Antioch Glass, Inc. to discuss your design plan.