Wet Room Bathroom Styles & Designs
Wet Room style bathrooms are a hot trend in Australia right now, and for many good reasons. It’s a trend that's not disappearing anytime soon. In this article, Northern Rivers Bathroom Renovations explain what a wet room is, the different styles of wet room bathroom design commonly seen in Australia, and the Pros and Cons of wet rooms.
What is a Wet Room?
With its design roots from Japan, a traditional wet room would usually be two rooms. The first room, known as an entrance room, is used for undressing/ dressing and would also have a bathroom vanity/sink. The 2nd room would be the actual bathroom consisting of a shower and a deep bathtub. The toilet would be separate from these two rooms.
In Australia, we don’t usually see the traditional Japanese style wet room, but rather we see many versions of wet room type bathrooms, especially in the bathroom renovation industry where the renovator is often limited by the existing room size and accessibility to existing plumbing. A wet room is a bathroom in which the shower is open (might have a partial screen but not fully enclosed) and its floor area is flush with the rest of the room.
The following wet room bathrooms are the three most common wet room designs we see in Australia.
One big Open Wet Room
One big open wet room. This style of bathroom is often referred to as an open bathroom. This bathroom design is where the shower is not enclosed with a shower screen or panel. There is no shower tray or shower hob.
An Open Wet Room bathroom designed and renovated by Northern Rivers Bathroom Renovations in Bexhill NSW. The design consists of an open shower, freestanding bathtub, floating vanity and toilet all in one room.
This Open wetroom Bathroom was created by converting an old 3-way bathroom into one big room. Converting the old 3 way design to one room created a very functional design, people can come and go using the vanity or toilet and not need to worry about stepping in water as the shower is up the opposite end of the room.
Another stylish open wet room bathroom by Northern Rivers Bathroom Renovations in Alstonville, NSW. This small bathroom design has a wall hung vanity, a samll freestanding bathtub and a screenless shower in one room and the toilet in a separate room.
While an open bathroom design is not for everyone, this style of a wet room is ideal for people with disabilities or for people who hate cleaning shower screens. If an open wet room is designed right, they can be an extremely functional space that’s easy to maintain with minimal cleaning.
Shower only Wet Room
This style of wet room is as the name suggests. It is a bathroom that doesn’t have a bathtub. It is a wet room design that can have various layouts depending on what the homeowner is wanting to achieve and the existing space to be used. This wet room can be just one big shower room, with the vanity and toilet in separate rooms of their own, as seen in the image below.
Another style of this shower only bathroom design is a room that has the shower and vanity in one room and the toilet in a separate room. The shower can either be an open shower (no glass screens or panels) or it may have just one panel of glass (also known as a walk-in shower) to help control the spread of water.
The other most common shower only bathroom design is where the room includes a shower, vanity and toilet in one room. Once again, this room can have a screen-less open shower or a walk-in shower with one panel of glass.
A shower only bathroom design is great for small spaces or for those families with a busy lifestyle where having a bathtub is not an important aspect in their home. These bathrooms are also extremely accessible and are often the first choice for those who are seeking a bathroom design that is assisted living friendly.
Partial Wet Room
The design of this wet room bathroom has a bathtub and shower separated from the remainder of the bathroom by a shower screen panel. The shower screen panel helps to control the spread of the water and protects the vanity from water splashes. This type of bathroom design does not usually include a toilet in the same room.
The bathroom above is a classic example of a partial wet room. Northern Rivers Bathroom Renovations designed and built this bathroom for a client in Lennox Head NSW. Our client wanted a completely new layout that was spacious and had clean lines. Our client had a young family and it was important for them to include a bathtub in the bathroom design.
This type of wet room layout is perfect for long narrow bathrooms. Space is used efficiently in an open plan layout, creating visually stunning bathrooms that are practical to use. The partial wet room design is popular for young families and homeowners who want to open up the floor space of a small bathroom but still want a bathtub.
A partial wet room design can also work with an inset bathtub, as shown in the image above. This bathroom was designed and renovated by Northern Rivers Bathroom Renovations in Suffolk Park NSW. Our clients needed a wheelchair friendly bathroom but still wanted to have a bathtub for their grandkids.
Pros & Cons of a Wet Room Bathroom
Are you thinking about a Wet Room Bathroom Renovation.
Essentially, the secret to a successful wet room renovation is quality workmanship by a licensed bathroom renovator who is an experienced bathroom designer and engages the skill and workmanship of an expert tiler.
These are some key elements to consider:
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