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As a parent, you quickly discover many things about yourself and your home. You find you can handle an endless line of questioning from a curious toddler. You find that your sofas can handle being used as a trampoline. And you discover that your bathroom can be a scene of chaos.
This is a generalisation, of course. For some parents, the idea of bath time tending to lean more towards an endless splashing fit that leaves all concerned soaked is a novelty. For others, it’s a daily battle. It can be fun in the moment, bonding with your child as they splash in the suds, but then you have to clean it up. A couple of goes tumble-drying the bath mats and scraping soap residue off the bathroom splashback is enough to drive anyone crazy.
If everywhere is just going to get drenched anyway, your mind might start to consider other solutions. Right up there with the best ways of fixing these issues is a wet room – the clue is in the name! The entire room is designed to get wet, so why not go with the flow and go for it?
PRO: Wet rooms handle water better.
Yes, obvious, but also a point worth making! When the entire floor and walls are designed to get soaked and be easy to clean, you save a lot of time and hassle. You can just remove any rugs or mats beforehand and replace them when done.
CON: They take a lot of drying off.
While they’re easier to keep clean, wet rooms are also harder to dry. It might mean a bit more time with a mop in hand, but perhaps you were doing that anyway.
PRO: You don’t need to paint the walls.
One of the major selling points of a wet room is that it has tiles where there is usually paint. Bathroom paint is notoriously more expensive than a standard emulsion, so by tiling, you skip this step. The decor will also wear better; tiles are made to handle wet conditions and won’t need replacing annually.
CON: There’s no actual bath.
Though this is easily solved by just sitting with your kids on the floor, it is still worth considering. This is particularly the case if they like to float toys and play for awhile. A wet room lends itself more to the primary function of getting clean than having fun at bath time.
PRO: You have more space.
While not having a bath can pose its problems, it also has its benefits. You will especially notice this if you’re converting an old bathroom into a wet room – you suddenly have a lot more space. A bath itself takes up a huge part of a room, so when you remove it, you open the room up. It gives you huge scope for extra storage.
As happens so often, there is no clear cut answer – though hopefully, you should now have a better idea. See what works for you and your family situation with the basics already established.