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Traditional Bathrooms vs. Wet Rooms

Wet rooms are increasing in popularity in newer homes, but they might not be practical for everyone... Likewise, traditional bathrooms may not be suited to every home either...
By reading about the pros and cons of each, you’ll be able to make a clearer decision about which is best for you and your home.

What is a wet room?

A wet room is a type of bathroom that is more open- having no threshold around the shower. As a result, the water isn’t contained and the whole floor can get wet, although, the floor is sloped slightly to direct the water into the drain.

What is a traditional bathroom?

A traditional bathroom can have a bath or a shower with a threshold to contain the water, separating it from the rest of the room.

Wet room pros and cons


Wider range of room layouts availableIn a typical bathroom, the majority of the room is taken up for a bath or a shower. A wet room gets rid of the need for this, opening up your room to more possibilities.
Easy to cleanRemoving the barriers makes them easier to clean, as there are less places for dirt or mould to hide.
More accessibleThis a big benefit of a wet room as they are ideal for elderly or disabled people. Removing the boundaries helps people to be more independent, as there is less risk of tripping over the ledge etc.


Not ideal for smaller roomsWhile wet rooms do help to create more space in your bathroom, they are not ideal for really small spaces as it will be hard for them to stay clean and dry.
Mould or moisture may build upAs the room is constantly getting wet, mould and moisture can build up in corners of the room- particularly in the shower area. Because of this, it is important you have time to keep your wet room clean.
Can be tricky to keep the wet room dryIf you use your shower regularly (e.g. morning and night), you may find the room becoming damp as it never gets chance to dry. This will be more noticeable with smaller rooms as the water will build up more noticeably.

Traditional bathrooms pros and cons


Baths can be relaxingIt is always nice to have the option of going for a warm, relaxing bath- but this is not possible with a wet room.
Traditional bathrooms may help to sell your homeBuyers expect a typical bathroom so this may add value to your home in years to come.
They work in any size roomA traditional bathroom has no size boundaries and something will work in whatever space you have.
Less risk of damp/mouldBathrooms stay dry easier, so there is less chance that mould or damp will build up over time.


Fewer layouts availableTraditional bathrooms have more limitations when it comes to room layout, as you have to make do with the size of you bath and/or shower.
Less accessibleAs there are boundaries, they are less ideal for disabled or elderly people as there are more potential hazards.

Looking to install a bathroom or wet room in Bournemouth? 

Is it time to spruce up the old bathroom in your home? Are you interested in a wet room or new traditional bathroom? Here at Michael Frith Plumbing, our plumbers are highly qualified to offer you a unique, personal service to suit your bathroom.
We offer new bathroom and wet room fitting in Bournemouth, Boscombe, Branksome, Christchurch, Ferndown, Poole, Ringwood, Westbourne and all surrounding areas. 
To arrange a quote or for more information- fill out our contact form, give us a call on any of the following numbers 07737408537 / 07812825996 / 01202514897 or drop us an email at michaelfrithplumbing@gmail.com. We hope to be in touch soon!