A shower is something we all enjoy. However, difficulty moving, or fear of slipping or tripping can detract from the pleasure of the experience.

If you’re wondering whether to commit to an entire bathroom redesign or simply want a more comfortable showering experience, here’s a short guide to the difference between wet rooms and walk-in showers.

  1. What is a wet room?
  2. What is a walk-in shower?
  3. What should I look for in a walk-in shower?
  4. The way to stay independent for longer

What is a wet room?

It does exactly what it says on the tin: it’s a whole room for getting wet in! If you enjoy a shower, but like the freedom of an open room, then a wet room is a great choice. There is no step or lip into the shower, access is level with your flooring.

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A wet room is usually tiled or has waterproof boards from floor to ceiling, with a central drain within the shower area, it may or may not have an enclosure. The whole room is waterproofed, using underfloor tanking to drain the water with no visible tray on show.

They can also add considerable value to your property, although you’ll need a ‘standard’ bathroom as well to tick all the right boxes. They’re incredibly easy to keep clean, too. At Mobility Plus, we understand the complexities involved in installing a wet room, which is why we ensure our expert plumbers and installation specialists are on hand, so your disability bathroom is completed to the highest standards.

If you’re worried about slipping, we only fit slip-resistant flooring when installing any wetroom.

What is a walk-in shower?

Again, it does exactly what it says: it’s a shower you can walk into without having to step over the side, greatly reducing the risk of tripping or falling.

The simplest walk-in showers are set up as a stand-alone shower pod with a low-access ‘tray’ at the bottom that allows the water to drain away. For those who suffer from serious mobility issues, walk-in showers that have an enclosed area and seating, as well as grab rails or handles, offer a great support solution. If you decide to opt for a walk-in shower, there are plenty of options to choose from.

They can be easily incorporated into your existing bathroom, so you won’t have to sacrifice an entire room for your mobility bathroom. If you only have one bathroom, then a walk-in shower such as the Richmond level access shower or the Coniston showers with bi-fold doors are ideal since they can be tailored to fit your available space and individual needs. Another benefit of walk-in showers is that they can be reasonably compact and fit into relatively small bathrooms, meaning you likely do not have to change the layout of your bathroom space.

What should I look for in a walk-in shower?

Your personal comfort and safety should always be top of the list.

Walk-in showers are specifically designed to offer you a little more security and peace of mind. Because you sit down in many of them, the risk of falling or slipping is almost eliminated entirely. You also have the option to hold onto the sides of the shower to steady yourself as you get in and out. All of this makes showering a more pleasant and relaxing experience.

If your walk-in shower also has a bath facility, such as the Derwent deep soak walk-in bath range, a fast-fill pump system and a thermostat temperature control system can add an extra layer of practicality and luxury to your bathing experience.

The way to stay independent for longer

Washing is such an essential part of our daily lives that having to rely on others to help you can take away a sense of independence. A mobility bathroom can help you maintain your freedom for much longer, with no compromise on personal safety.

A wet room may be the ultimate in bathing luxury for you. Or you may prefer a walk-in shower, which is small enough to be incorporated into almost any existing bathroom layout.

Whichever mobility bathroom model you choose, it’s entirely down to you and your individual needs. Find out more about how Mobility Plus can transform your bathing experience by talking to one of our experts today. If purchasing a bath is a consideration of yours, also consider taking a look at the walk-in baths we offer.