Post by Wet Room Materials
We often hear that “Good things come in small packages”, does that apply to bathrooms? You might not think so, but we’re here to convince you otherwise. Having a small bathroom certainly doesn’t mean you have to make sacrifices on style and functionality, the design choices you make just have to be smarter to work with the space you’ve got available. With the right decor, bathroom/wet room design and clever use of accessories you can create a bathroom that is not only functional, but also beautiful. You just need to know how to do it! Use the tips in this post to find out how to save space on your next bathroom or wetroom project, and find out why bigger isn’t always better…
If you’re starting from scratch and looking where to put your wet room, don’t be afraid to use even the smallest spaces in your home. Unused space under the stairs? How about a disused airing cupboard? Both of which can be made into a beautiful wet room with the right team on board to help you to do it. When considering the design for small shower rooms, it’s important not to be over-ambitious with what you want in the room. You may have to sacrifice a bath, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a luxurious walk-in shower to make up for it. If you think you might have some unused space which you could convert into a wetroom, talk to our experts for some help; we love a challenge!
When you’re working with a small space, choosing fixtures and fittings that take up as little room as possible are key. They keep the bathroom looking spacious, helping you to maximise every inch of floor space available. We recommend choosing a wall hung toilet which is mounted to the wall, meaning that they take up less space and help to create a minimal vibe, with a concealed cistern within the wall. Wall-mounted vanity units are also great, they house your sink and provide an excellent storage solution.
Similarly, make sure you take into account the size of any fixtures you are planning to put in your bathroom. When looking for fixtures and fittings, take your measurements twice. Don’t take any risks on pieces you think ‘might look okay’, or ‘might just about fit’; you’ll only regret it in the long run. Instead, try to find fixtures and accessories that are as compact as possible to make your wetroom look bigger than it actually is. It’s also important to take the shape of your room into account, if you have height but not width tall and slim cupboards will work best for you.
Consider going frameless with much of what is in your bathroom, particularly in the case of mirrors and shower screens. Another top tip is to paint your wall and ceilings in the same colours, doing so helps to create seamless lines and makes the eye of where the wall stops and ceiling starts; creating the illusion of more space. If you’re a lover of minimalism, you’ll love this and you’ll find the flow of light around the room is increased, which will help reduce the feelings of clutter.
When you’re working with limited space, it’s important to make use of every inch of the room available, including the corners which are often wasted space in a lot of rooms. You might choose to have your shower area in one corner, and perhaps a corner style toilet in another. This style of toilet has a triangular-shaped cistern which is designed to fit perfectly into the corner of the room. No wasted space with this option!
With small spaces, less is certainly more. Keep only the essentials within your small bathroom or wetroom. You can also use clever space-saving hacks and accessories, such as a shower caddy, or wall-mounted vanity units to hide all your clutter away. Remember the aim is to create a seamless room where every inch of space is used as effectively as possible.
We’d recommend painting your bathroom or wetroom in light colours; doing so helps to create the illusion of more space and it bounces as much light as possible around the room. Choose white or other light shades, whatever works best for you. Using this technique works especially well with clever positioning of mirrors and the right choice of lighting.
It can be tricky to know where to start when it comes to a new wetroom project, especially if you’re working with limited space and don’t know which wet room kit is best. If you need some advice on where to go next, get in touch with our team, we’re more than happy to brainstorm with you to come up with the best solution.
The Architect's Solution for Wet Rooms with Minimum Floor Void
30th September 2020
My client bought a range of Wet Room Unislope Systems from our local retailer, Bathworks. We struggled to find anyone to come to site and take responsibility for the waterproofing until we came across Wet Room Materials. They were willing to stand over their tanking system and more than helpful throughout all stages of the installation from site survey and room preparation to installation. A 10 Year no leak fully insured warranty gave me the confidence that we were dealing with a professional organisation. I would highly recommend these guys and will certainly be using them going forward.
Steven Quinlan | Director | Citius Limited
I have honestly found, Wet Room Materials to be an easy and reliable company to work with. Whether it be a one wet room residential project, apartment block or a gym; they ensure there are no installation problems and we don’t have to worry about leaks. They take care of the specification and advising us on correct build ups and preparation. On a recent project we were able to buy their Unislope System p from our bathroom show room retailer and they subsequently came to site to tank out the bathrooms. It was a time sensitive job and The Wet Room lads worked through the evening and into the weekend to ensure we completed the project on time. I have no hesitation in recommending Wet Room Materials. They are a pleasure to deal with.
Noel Geraghty | Director/Founder | NGS Mechanical Services
In Bright Designs, we understand the importance of specifying a reliable waterproofing system for bathrooms. We have worked on a number of projects with Wet Room Materials over the years and I can honestly say that their waterproofing installation service offers complete peace of mind for us and our clients. The Wet Room Materials Team are there throughout all stages of the project from site survey and specification to installation. More importantly they also give us a 10 year no leak guarantee. I also like the fact that they will handle communication with the client and contractors in terms of delivering a high-quality installation which allows me the head space to focus on other aspects of the build."
Alan Burns | Director/Co-founder | Bright Designs. B Arch, B Sc Arch, MRIAI.