What is a wet room and how do you build one?

slate showering area in a corner
(Image credit: Matki)

You may well have used one or heard of the term, but what is a wet room and what makes it different to a shower room or bathroom?

Homeowners on the continent have long been incorporating wet room ideas into their home design and for many people, the first time they will have encountered a wet room may well have been on holiday, where getting wet rooms right seems to have become something of an art.

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.