Walk in Shower Enclosure

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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.

Walk in Shower Enclosure

Monday, August 17th, 2009

!Walk in shower! sounds a little strange especially when you consider that you walk into all showers; you don’t fly or slither or slide into some, and crawl or climb or sit into others.

So what’s the difference between “walk in showers” and “showers”?

Tywford-Walk-In-Shower

Tywford Walk In Shower

Showers often have a step or a lip or are part of a bathtub/shower combination that makes you step up into or onto a shower on a platform or down into a tub. Walk in showers, in the true sense of the word, are level access showers and do not require you to step into or onto them. They also are meant to be more spacious and often totally open like a wet room.

However, the definition I have just given isn’t true when it comes to some of the newer models of so called walk in showers that are actually cubicles, enclosures or stalls and not totally open. This is a mere technicality because most of these modular unit shower stalls and enclosures are made almost entirely of transparent plexi or glass, or have huge glass doors, that makes them appear to be open and therefore “walk in”.

Walk in Showers with TV

Bathroom walk in showers don’t even need to be in the bathroom if they’re of the new high-tech kind that come completely enclosed. A walk in shower enclosure these days looks a little like a huge capsule you might imagine using for time travel. They are not level access showers because in most cases you must step into them and close the door which seals snuggly behind you. And inside is a whole new world of shower power!

I have seen one model made by a Chinese manufacturer that not only offered a complete digital console to control everything (including perhaps opening the garage door) but also had a TV inside the Walk In Shower Enclosure. Some are not so high-tech as to have a monitor, but most offer a variety of showerhead options and multiple nozzles and hoses to reach every inch of your body.

Shower Enclosures not ideal for the handicapped

Enclosed showers are not ideal handicap showers. They are not designed as disabled showers because the entrance is usually elevated. If you need a level access shower consider walk in shower stalls that also come with digital controlled consoles and multiple shower heads but do not require stepping into because the tray or floor should be flush with the ground and the only thing that separates them from the room is a glass door. These come with sliding shower doors or hinged doors and still offer an encapsulated feeling without the difficult access.