The Walk-in Shower Cubicle

The latest trend in bathroom designs is walk-in shower cubicles. They are designed to enhance a small space, expand a larger area or provide extra accessibility for the disabled.

A walk-in shower cubicle is not a traditional form of a shower stall, but rather an enclosed area in the bathroom, generally made of tempered glass and customized for small bathrooms. An individual walks in near the shower spray area, and there is no need for anyone to step up over a shower stall sill or step down into a bathtub. This makes it an ideal option for those who have difficulties with a normal shower set-up.

For additional safety, handrails and stools can be utilized while a person is in the “wet” area of the shower. Most walk-in shower cubicles are designed with a drying area away from the shower spray. The walk-in shower cubicle is designed with either a wet floor or a wet tray technique. Both are similar, with drains in strategic places to forestall water accumulation. A wet floor is a more expensive method than a wet tray because of the installation requirements.

Newer models of the walk-in cubicle may feature sliding glass doors on any or all sides. This creates an illusion of deep dimension, offering a shower area that appears wider in proportion.

Walk-in shower cubicles blend appealingly with any décor or design in the bathroom. It is extremely easy to find walk-in shower cubicles, so know your measurements and budget requirements. UK Bathrooms has a great range of walk-in showers and can help you choose the right one to suit your bathrrom.


Designing the perfect wetroom

Wetroom bathrooms have long been popular when adapting bathrooms for people with disabilities, but they are now becoming more and more popular as a design-led bathroom due to the sleek finish which is often created.

Within a wetroom the shower floor is level with the bathroom floor thus creating a sleek, streamlined finish. However, wetrooms can be costly and time consuming to plan and install. There are many issues which you will have to take into consideration if you are planning to convert your bathroom into a wetroom.

First of all you will need to take accurate measurements of your room, including the exact location of doors, windows, pipes, etc. Of course, your budget is also a prime consideration. It is actually worth setting aside a small percentage of your budget in case of unforeseen difficulties. Once you have done this you will have an idea of the money you have to work with and whether or not you can actually achieve the look you are planning with the money you have.

You should also get quotes from several fitters/plumbers as costs can vary. If you feel that you have the skills then you may wish to consider doing the job yourself but only if you know what you are doing since this is intricate, time consuming renovation work.

Finally you will have to be honest with yourself regarding the overall look you wish to achieve and whether or not this will be possible with the budget you have or the existing condition of the room. Some people actually opt for a low level shower tray as a concession to the completely tiled floor.


Why Build a Wet Room?

A wet room is a tiled room which is completely water tight. Many wet rooms have walk-in baths, showers with seats and even access for wheelchairs. However, this is not something that is only suitable for disabled people. Wet rooms are becoming more and more fashionable and popular, and many modern houses are being built to include them.

When considering the possibility of installing a wet room there are several factors to be considered.  It is important to make sure that the floor is strong enough to hold the weight of tiles, etc. Reinforcement may be required. The drainage system must be placed away from the door so that water does not seep underneath, ventilation needs to be sufficient to clean any condensation and the floor must be made of non slip tiles.

There are various options when it comes to choosing bathroom fittings for a wet room and the room does not have to be completely open. A shower screen may be fitted to stop everything in the room getting wet when the shower is in use and the addition of a wall hung toilet will make it very easy to keep clean and hygienic.

Remodelling an old bathroom and making it into a purpose built wet room will make using the bathroom a much more enjoyable experience and the choice of tiles and fittings is huge. A properly built waterproofed wet room will stay looking good for much longer than an ordinary bathroom and if it is installed as a second bathroom, it will also add a large amount to the value of your home.


Adding walk-in items to your bathroom

There are many advantages of adding walk-in showers or baths to your bathroom. Not only are they a better option for elderly or disabled people, they also make a bathroom look stylish and are available in a wide variety of designs.

Walk-in showers are ideal for those who wish to have a quick shower. For people who have a showerhead attached above their bath, a walk-in shower may be a better option, so that they do not have to climb into the bath. They are also easier to maintain.

Walk-in baths are a good option if you wish to achieve a spa theme for your bathroom. There are a wide variety of walk-in baths that offer a spa system. Many walk-in baths come with a locking system and comfortable cushions to make your bath more relaxing. They are also safer than ordinary baths and come with a slip-resistant floor. 

Since there are so many styles of walk-in showers and baths available, it is a good idea to have a look around to see what suits your bathroom. Browse the internet and see what items you can find that are in your price range. There are many sites that allow you to compare prices of products from different stores, so that you can see which stores have special offers.

Visiting sites that offer online decorators is a good idea, so that you can see what colour schemes you like. This will give you an idea of what style of walk-in bath or shower that best suits your needs.