Creating a curbless shower will help someone who struggles to get through the curb, for example a wheelchair user. In fact, almost any hotel room in Europe utilized the concept of a curbless shower or “wet room.”
So, what is exactly a cubless shower?
A curbless shower is different than a traditional bathroom. A traditional bathroom has a small step- curb which you have to step over and then close the shower door behind you. On the contrary, a curbless shower has zero difference in height between the main bathroom floor and the shower area.
So, you might have a number of questions. For example:
- How to avoid water spills in a curbless shower?
- Which kind of flooring to use to make it less slippery?
- Why a wall-mounted toilet works better for a curbless shower?
- Do I really need a linear drain?
Avoiding water spills with a linear drain. and when it’s not necessary
If you are using mosaics or small size tile, you can get away with a common round drain that is installed on a pitched pan that directs water from all four sides to the center. there is no need for a linear drain.
On the other hand, if you are using large size tiles for the floor linear drain is your only option. Check out Trending Accessibility products that are easy to install and safe to use. For more information, read about the Infinity Drain installation.
Get the shower nozzle that directs the water straight down.
Use a good shower nozzle that directs water down rather than all over the place. Click here to find out more.
What tile to use to make the wet room floor safe
Because you want to avoid falls and injuries, use slip-resistant tile for the floor. For instance, a small size honed mosaics stone is elegant and safe. By all means, avoid polished marble because it is very slippery when wet.
Tile the walls
For people that take showers all the time, for example after workouts, it makes sense to tile the whole bathroom area, not just the shower enclosure. It’s your better choice just because painted walls collect dust, become sticky, and eventually, the paint hardens due to dampness. Use Power Grout by Tec instead of regular Home Depot grout and you will save yourself a lot of trouble and money while avoiding regrouting.
Install wall-mounted toilets
If your toilet is close to the shower consider a wall-mounted option. They are so much easier to keep clean and the water will not get trapped around the toilet.
Most of the wall-mounted toilets are in a modern style.
But there are some traditional wall-mounted toilets that don’t look institutional. Wall-mounted toilets have a very robust in-wall mounting system – we have installed them for clients up to 300 pounds with no problems! The ability to clean the area underneath, with no residue, is a big draw.
Use a toilet roll holder with cover to avoid water spills.
I have to admit I don’t like soggy loo roll! So I sourced a couple of toilet paper holders with covers.
Get heated towel-rails and/or radiant heated floors.
It can be drafty in a curbless bathroom with no enclosure. While a radiant heated floor is not always attainable, heated towel racks are so desirable!
Use wood alternatives for bathroom vanities
Stay away from wood bathroom vanities for a small bathroom. Certainly, you can use teak wood cabinets since teak tolerates moisture. Buy a wall-mounted sink or countersink.
Make sure that your curbless shower gets enough ventilation.
Make sure that your contractor puts up really good ventilation. A regular fan won’t do for a larger shower.
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