Advantages and Disadvantages of a Wet Room

Wet rooms are a modern and innovative way to save space and add value to your home. Whatever your personal style and budget, there are many viable options for you to choose from.

Anyone can have a wet room as long as it’s installed properly using the correct equipment and materials – it’s essentially a shower but without the shower screen and tray. A proper wet room will give you freedom of movement regardless of how big or small your space is, while removing parts such as the shower screen tray makes a wet room safe and easy for those with mobility difficulties.

There are many advantages to having a wet room. It’s very stylish and perfect for creating a modern vibe throughout your home, it can increase the value of your home, and it’s great for small bathrooms – simply removing the bath can create more space. They are easier to clean because there is no shower screen or tray.

As always, advantages come with disadvantages – but not necessarily deal breakers. For instance, in small bathrooms, without a shower screen, water may have the tendency to spray in the surrounding area, causing your towels or toilet roll to get wet. Also, you will definitely need a professional fitter to waterproof the room – if this job isn’t done properly, leaking water can cause major damage. You should be aware that wet rooms need to be tiled from floor to ceiling and this can be expensive. If you decide to swap your main bathroom for a wet room, you should know that it could decrease the chance of selling your home because typically, buyers prefer at least one bath.

Before deciding on a wet room, you’ll want to determine the cost, the types of materials you’ll be using and if you want underfloor heating. There are many things that can determine the cost of a wet room; you can always opt for a simple feel and look with more affordable tiles, or if you want something more luxurious, you might wish to go for the underfloor heating and the pricier linear drains and shower heads.


  1. A we room helped sell my inlaws house

  2. Great in an ensuite but not as the main bathroom - far to many wet socks going to the toilet!

  3. I've always wanted a we room but my other half isn't too keen

  4. I've always wanted a we room but my other half isn't too keen

  5. I noticed wetness and damp patches in my walls and ceiling during rainy season, which was a sign of damaged roof and choked drain pipe. Thus, I called up waterproofing specialists in the city that could help finding comprehensive solutions here in Johannesburg.