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Shower Tray vs Wet Room: Key Considerations for Your Bathroom Design

When it comes to deciding between a shower tray and a wet room in your bathroom design, several factors come into play. From personal preference to practical considerations like space availability and budget constraints, making the right choice requires careful consideration. Below, we explore the key differences and considerations for each option

Shower Trays

Image of two different shower trays

Waterproofing: A shower tray offers a pre-formed, waterproof base with built-in slope for proper drainage. While ensuring the tray is waterproof is an essential, attention must also be given to waterproofing the surrounding walls to prevent leaks. 

Installation: Compared to a wet room, installing a shower tray is generally quicker and simpler. It requires less extensive waterproofing and can often be placed directly on top of an existing floor, making it a convenient choice for renovations or quick bathroom updates. 

Accessibility: Shower trays provide a defined and stable showering area, which still make them accessible individuals with mobility issues. The contained water within the tray also makes cleaning easier, enhancing convenience for all users. 

Wet Room Floors

Design and Aesthetics: Wet rooms offer a seamless, open look to the bathroom space. With the entire floor waterproofed and no visible shower tray, they create a modern and minimalist aesthetic, ideal for those seeking a contemporary design. 

Space and Flexibility: Especially beneficial for small bathrooms, wet rooms can make the space appear larger and more open. Their flexibility in layout and design options allows for creative customisation, catering to diverse preferences and requirements. 

Accessibility: Wet rooms eliminate physical barriers like shower trays, providing better accessibility for individuals with mobility challenges. The absence of steps or edges makes navigation easier, ensuring a comfortable showering experience for all users. 

Cost: While wet rooms offer numerous benefits, it’s essential to consider the associated costs. Installing a wet room involves extensive waterproofing and potentially raising the bathroom floor for proper drainage, making it a more expensive option compared to shower trays. 

Image of two different wetroom setups

Bathroom Design Conclusion

Making the decision between a shower tray and a wet room requires careful evaluation of your specific needs, preferences, and budget.

We can help provide invaluable guidance tailored to your circumstances, ensuring the chosen option meets both functional requirements and aesthetic preferences. Get in touch today to see how we can help you with your bathroom design.