Whether you are looking to install a full wet room, or would just like a more stylish shower area, a walk-in shower can provide a simple, attractive and practical space for you to cleanse. In this blog post we take a look at the components of walk-in showers and some of their benefits, as well as offering some design suggestions.
What Is A Walk-In Shower
Walk-in showers are level-access and feature a tiled floor that sits flush with the rest of the bathroom floor. Although it appears as though there is no shower tray, in fact it is important to use a specially designed wet room shower tray that sits below the tiles. This is recessed into the floor to ensure that the overall result is a seamless transition from the shower floor to the main bathroom floor.
You can create walk-in showers in a variety of sizes, with Tile Fix selling wet room shower trays from Orbry and Marmox. A wide range of standard sizes are stocked, starting from 800 x 800mm, with bespoke shower trays also available. The standard trays can be trimmed slightly if necessary to better fit your space.
To install a walk-in shower in your bathroom you do not need to convert the room to a full wet room. If you chose to only have a level-access shower then it is important to include shower screens to prevent the water from escaping onto the floor and causing leaks. We stock a range of frameless wet room shower screens which can be used to help contain the water, and help create a distinct shower area. However, we recommend that you waterproof the entire floor just to be on the safe side, even if you aren’t waterproofing the walls.
Benefits Of Walk-In Showers
- Level access floor makes them safer to get in and out of than a bathtub so great for the elderly.
- Fully tiled floor and walls look more modern and stylish than typical white plastic.
- Fit into most spaces – trays start from 800 x 800mm.
- Typically easier to clean than standard showers.
Walk-In Shower Design Ideas
When designing your walk-in shower there are so many colour schemes and tile types to choose from. Consider how the rest of the bathroom is decorated and ensure that your shower either blends in or stands out, depending on your preference. Either way it should work well with the existing decor.
It is important to use slip-resistant tiles on the shower floor to minimise the risk of falling, and we recommend slip-resistant mosaic tiles of at least 50mm, as these look attractive as well as being practical. Adding a matching mosaic strip up the wall of one of the walls can provide an attractive and coordinated look, or adding a bold border can add some personality to your shower.
Experiment with mixing tile textures and materials to create a unique look, but make sure you check with your tile retailer as to the suitability of your tiles for use in walk-in showers and if they need to be sealed first.
Buy Walk-In Showers Online
Tile Fix Direct sells all the components to create and waterproof a walk-in shower, including tile backer boards, wet room shower trays, drains and frameless shower screens.