How To Create A Safe And Secure Wet Room In 4 Simple Steps
Wet rooms are a great addition to any home. But if you are older or disabled, having a wet room is a necessity.
So whether you’re thinking of incorporating a wet room or want to make an existing one more accessible, read on. We have created the below guide on how to create a safe and secure space in just four easy steps.
Step one: Start with a plan
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Having a detailed plan of the layout of your wet room, as well as the features you want to include, is vital.
If this wet room is for someone with additional accessibility requirements, you might want to add hoists, handrails and a seating area within the shower. You may also wish to think about whether to incorporate a screen. Make sure you take into account every measurement of your wet room (including height) when considering these.
Step two: Lay the foundations
Materials require careful thought. After a properly installed subfloor and drainage system, you need something that is non-slip, sturdy, and easy to clean. A stone interior provides a more secure space.
Stones such as marble, glazed or treated porcelain and quartz have non-porous properties. That means they can help stop the spread of bacteria and mildew that can grow easily in damp places. Textured stone can also give you extra grip, so you’ll have peace of mind knowing you have created a safe environment.
Stone interiors additionally give your wet room a luxurious feel. This can even add value to your home if you were to sell. The intricate designs that come with all our stones mean you won’t have to choose practicality over aesthetics either.
Step three: Install an easy-access shower and wall-hung basin
An easy-access shower is a must-have. Wet rooms are built with open showers in mind, and are perfect for older people and those who find it a little harder to get around.
A wall-hung basin is another great addition for those who use wheelchairs. Without the stand, they’ll be able to slide underneath and use the sink effortlessly. Pair this with a non-steam mirror to create the ideal space in which to get ready for the day.
Step four: Finish with accessories
A non-steam mirror is just one accessory you might include. When completing your wet room, you may also want to bear in mind those that will give you an even safer space.
Waterproof lighting is an essential fixture for wet rooms. As the whole room becomes damp, there is a higher risk of electrocution and fire if non-waterproof fittings are installed. This also applies to any additional lighting you might want to add, such as a spotlight near the mirror. Waterproof lighting doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style, however. A range of contemporary options are available to match your theme.
Here at RC Coppin we have a range of stones for wet rooms, as well as conventional bathrooms. Contact us today to find out how we can help you create a safer space for you and your family.