Bathroom Zones Explained: Just What Are IP Ratings?

LED strip lighting scheme in contemporary bathroom
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You may well have seen or heard the term 'bathroom zones' being used while planning your new bathroom — but what exactly does that term mean?

In general, this is something used to split the various areas of a bathroom into defined sections, each of which can only be fitted with certain electrical fittings — and understanding a bit about these zones will really come in handy for your bathroom ideas.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.