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How To Plan Successful Walk In Showers Without Doors

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Showers without doors are not an option if you simply can’t afford a door. Walk in showers are designed specifically without doors to create an open space without glass or walls so as to have a wet room or spa feeling in a larger bathroom where a splash here or there is not of importance. However, you must take 5 things into account when planning successful walk in showers that will not have doors.

  1. Showers without doors must have good engineering in two main aspects, the placement of the shower head(s) and the drainage. A flat floor that does not funnel the water to a central drain below the shower area will end up causing a flood every time someone showers. Likewise, if the showerhead is placed directly across from furniture, fixtures or items that should not get sopping wet, such walk in showers will not be successful. The pluming and placement of fixtures and drainage are essential to a bathroom shower that will not have doors.
  2. Walk in showers without doors are considered wet rooms in general and therefore the walls and floor must be covered with tile, stone, teak wood or some waterproof paint or sealant and protector that will keep the moisture from penetrating the walls and floor. It goes without staying that such wet rooms will not be carpeted. Tile is the best, stone is good too, wood is great but must be treated or be teak or all weather that is specific for spas and wet rooms.
  3. Bathrooms with door-less showers usually have two other elements that typical showers don’t have. One is that they are usually larger spaces that are open, and two, they are often designed in a minimalist or rustic spa style because the usual cabinets or towel racks or personal effects are best isolated from the wet room area. So consider if you have enough space to pull off practical and comfortable walk in showers designs in the area you have.
  4. Since showers of this type need careful planning and plumbing and sometimes engineering, they are usually more expensive. The absence of a door may save you money on one piece of glass but the overall design will have to be custom built by someone who understands good drainage and wet room engineering. So count the cost of walk in showers with doors that may be prefabricated and affordable to the cost of a bespoke shower design.
  5. If you want the best possible functionality for the elderly and children, you can choose a shower without a door for ease of access, but don’t make the mistake of creating an elevated floor or adding a floor tray under the shower in order to save design and engineering and plumbing costs. If you’re going to use a tray, the idea of an open wet room with no doors is spoilt!

Decorating Your Walk In Shower or Wet Room Enclosure Area

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Decorating your walk in shower or wet room enclosure should be simple. Why? A space designed for water should not have too much furniture, cabinets, fixtures, and accessories that may be ruined by moisture. Also consider cleaning. Minimalist designs are not an accident when it comes to wet rooms. They are designed to be easy to clean, easy to wipe down or wash, easy to use and should not have clutter.

Decorating in Simple ways

If you have chosen stone or tie or wood, perhaps with glass accents or doors, then you can keep the theme going with ceramic or clay pots, a small wooden bench, or a chrome seat that goes with a chrome and glass style.

Towels and Personal Effects

One of the problems of wet room enclosure designs is that often there is nowhere for towel storage or personal effects. One way to solve this problem and add a design feature is to build in shelving into the wall behind the shower. These will be tiled spaces that allow for shampoo and soap and other things without the need for plastic trays or wall units. They will look like a seamless part of the wall, be they stone or wood or tile. For towels, do something similar in an area where there will be less water, build-in the shelves into the wall or under the sink or in a corner. Leave them open for easy access, but don’t bring in outside furniture. Keep the space sleek.

A wet room enclousure that is totally open, by that I mean, it has no shower curtain or glass doors, will be a delight if decorated with natural items, bamboo, clay pots, ceramic vases, tin or wrought iron, or brass or copper. Personal effects and towels can be stored in unusual containers, even wooden boxes and baskets just as easily as in cabinets. You can also go with an all glass theme, using square blocks to create an open cabinet where you can store items but without adding heavy furniture.

An Alternative

The other alternative to decorating walk in shower areas that get very wet and are fun minimalist places that have a spa feeling, is to not store towels or personal items in the wet room enclosure but to have a linen closet outside the door where towels and other items are kept safe and dry. This will allow you to decorate the wet space with nothing more than the glass and chrome, or wood and stone, or tile and ceramic that is needed.

Keep it simple.

Do not use highly decorative tiles. Use handmade tiles amongst other ones to give a flavor of style, but don’t overindulge in patterns and motifs. Think Japanese, think Zen, think sleek and clean and crisp and you will have a beautiful practical wet room that the whole family can enjoy.