When it comes to bathrooms, you may have heard the term "wet room" used many times, but do you know exactly what a wet room is?

It's a style of bathroom that has increased in popularity in the UK in recent times. A wet room is effectively a sealed bathroom - walls and floors are "tanked" (sealed with waterproof boarding or layers of matting) which stops water from seeping out. Normally the bathroom designer will also install a sloping floor leading down to a drain, so that excess water flows away.

Wet room cross section Typically, a wet room will contain waterproof boarding beneath a tiled exterior, as shown here

It is a wet environment and as such not a place for the things we think of as "dry" - certainly not shaving appliances or anything that could be dangerous.

The most common installation to be found in a wet room is a shower. In many cases, a glass screen can be used to separate the shower area from the rest of the bathroom - especially handy if you don't want a soggy toilet seat!

So here are 5 reasons why wet rooms are a great bathroom option:

1. Accessibility

Although not always designed with this in mind, wet rooms are particularly good for those whose movement is restricted, such as the elderly or disabled. There is no need for a shower tray, making access to the shower much easier.

2. Improves the quality and value of your property

In effect, you are adding waterproofing to one of the major areas of your home that is particularly susceptible to leaks and issues with water, so this can only be a good thing in terms of the overall structure of your property. In a normal bathroom, water can run into areas it shouldn't and a build-up of moisture can create damp in walls. In a wet room all water is channelled via a central drain and moisture is contained within the sealed walls of the room.

All this makes a wet room highly attractive when you look to sell your property, especially if you have a second (non-wet room) bathroom as another option.

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3. Improves your space usage

A wet room is a great option for smaller bathrooms. If you don't particularly need or want a bath, you can simply remove it and install a shower, opening up the room. There is no need for a bulkier shower enclosure with doors that may intrude upon what little space you already have.

4. It's easy to keep clean

One of the biggest advantages of installing a wet room is the ease at which it can be cleaned. As the environment is wet, normal household bathroom cleaners can be used right around the room to disinfect and keep mould and mildew at bay.

5. Increases your design options

Wet rooms can look incredibly stylish and will certainly add a "wow" factor to your home. Due to the minimalist nature of its design, a wet room can feature different materials such as wood, stone and concrete, allowing your creativity to run wild!

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For further advice, check out our wet room planning guide or take inspiration from our incredible wet room ideas.