When choosing floor tiles for your bathroom wet room, make sure you opt for tiles designed for a bathroom floor: these will be non-slip and will make your new bathroom a much safer place. Weve got a huge selection so theres bound to be a style to suit your new-look space.
Wondering how to create the ultimate bathroom wet roomábut worried about the potential cost and complications? Take a look at our guide and relaxª its not as hard as you might think and weve got everything you need to get started today!
Wet Room Flooring
Your existing floor should be pretty flat. Your new wet room floor needs to slope a little, to direct all the water from the shower down the drain provided. You have three options:
- Install a sloping plywood sub-floor, which can then be waterproofed with waterproofing paste (see below) and tiled over.
- Install a shower former an underfloor shower tray, like our wet floor tray with offset waste (6073). Designed to be installed, then tiled over: fully waterproof and completely invisible.
- Install a pre-formed, shaped tray which covers the entire bathroom floor. No need to tile over.
Wet Room Walls
The walls of your wet room-to-be will also need some attention before they can be tiled. Theyll need to be fully waterproofed all around the bottom, and the walls in the immediate shower area should be waterproofed all the way up.
If youd like to be able to use your shower to hose down your wetroom as part of your regular cleaning routine, youll need to waterproof all your walls all the way up, to prevent any water ingress.
Our Granfix waterproofing paste (6075) is solvent-free and dries to give a reliable, flexible, waterproof coating that, once dry, is ready to be tiled over.
Wetroom walls should be tiled from floor to ceiling, giving the room a sleek, modern finish and ensuring that its all easy to wipe clean too. Remember that natural stone tiles need to be resealed regularly: quite a big job when all your walls and your floor are tiled. Porcelain or ceramic tiles are easier to care for and require little to no long term maintenance.
Keep That Water Contained
Its always a good idea to raise the lip of your bathroom threshold by 5mm. This will ensure that water is contained for longer within your bathroom in the event that the shower drain becomes blocked or runs slowly.
Heating Your Wet Room
Underfloor heating is advantageous in a wetroom for three main reasons:
- Style: Wetrooms should be slick and sleek, with no extraneous clutter. Adding a radiator to the wall will warm the room, but detract from its minimalism. Underfloor heating warms a space without intruding visually upon it.
- Comfort: Theres nothing like underfloor heating to transform a tiled floor into a pleasant surface for bare feet to walk upon.
- Convenience: Underfloor heating can help to dry out the floor after you have used the shower, ensuring that the space isnt still damp underfoot hours later.
Our Cosytoes easy lay mats in sizes from one square metre (7766) to five square metres (7772) will provide you with a simple and practical solution to your wetroom heating worries.
If the dimensions or proposed layout of your bathroom wetroom mean that your towel rail or toilet will be close to your shower, you may like to consider adding a simple wetroom shower screen to protect some of your space from spray. Theres nothing more annoying than damp loo roll or a toilet seat misted with shower water, while damp towels are simply ineffective.
Weve got a selection of practical and unobtrusive wetroom shower screens in stock from a neat and tidy 1850x700mm (6950) right up to a splash and spray defeating 1850x1200mm (8378).
Although this means that your small wetroom wont be totally open plan, a simple shower screen shouldnt be intrusive and is unlikely to make the space feel cramped, as it will be completely see-through.