How Small Can a Wet Room Be?

I have a downstairs loo that I want to have ripped out and replaced.  The room measure 2.6m x 1.18m.  Could I feasibly get a wet room into this space?  I am trying to future proof my house going into my old age as I have an unused reception room that could easily become a downstairs bedroom if I needed it to.

Any thoughts from anyone who has put in a small wet room?

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  • twopenny
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    Not done one but the size reminds me of the ones on Indian trains.
    Granted we joked you could sit on the loo and shower at the same time but with modern plastics etc that could be an asset as you get older. Sit on the loo lid instead of a disabled seat if legs get weak.

    Some thoughts would be needed, you may have to battle the builders who've never seen such a thing but if you think it through, take measurements draw it up it should be possible.
    I found cutting out paper  shapes of toilet, basin etc that I could move round was really helpful in creating my tiny bathroom to be more spacious.
    6inches here or there made all the difference - and I had to fight for that.
    Once done the fitter agreed with me  :)

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  • We have a shower room that's about 1.3 x 1.6m, and that works okay. We put a shower cubicle in, as I don't like the way everything gets soaked in a wet room. 

    You'd have to plan the space carefully, taking account of the sizes of the specific sanitary ware you're considering using, but
    I don't think the room is too small as such.
  • gwynlas
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    edited 11 October 2023 at 7:27PM
    The biggest problem with a wet room is the retro fitting of suitable drainage. You can get wcs with basin as part of cistern and perhaps manage to fit shower tray with shallow step.
  • Slinky
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    I think it could depend on where the door is. If it's middle-ish on the long side it could be possible.

    We have a shower that is 800mm wide, by 900mm deep. If you can get a door a meter away from one end of the room, you could get that size shower in on one side, a small basin opposite the door, and the toilet at the other end.  The door would need to open outwards or be a pocket door.  Wouldn't recommend having a wetroom. We had one in our house when we bought it. We put a shower enclosure in, then removed it completely and put a bath back in when we built a little ensuite in what had been 2 old cupboards.
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    gwynlas said:
    The biggest problem with a wet room is the retro fitting of suitable drainage. You can get wcs with basin as part of cistern and perhaps manage to fit shower tray with shallow step.

    The toilets with the basin in the cistern look OK in principle, but could be very difficult to clean your teeth at. Unless you can get to the side of the toilet, you'd be having to lean over the pan or kneel on the toilet lid.
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  • I don't think it's going to be a runner so looks like it will just be a new loo
  • ThisIsWeird
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    Your dimensions are plenty big enough.
    Our house had a purpose-built wet-toilet added for the previous elderly owners, and it's only 1.5m x 1m. Fully tiled, with the loo at the back of the 'room', and a small wall-mounted handbasin on the wall just inside the door. The door opens outwards.
    Yes, the toilet gets soaked, but I presume they'd also intend to use that as a seat for showering.
    It ain't luxurious, but it works and isn't actually cramped - it's quite a large size for a 'shower', certainly bigger than the cubicle we have in the main loo.
    In your case, the 2.6m length in particular will allow you to have the toilet at the back, and a pull-over curtain in front of it to keep it dry if you wished. You'll still have a very roomy showering area of around 2m x 1.1m - why would you need more than this? Our basin only sticks out 300mm, and is close to the door - and it doesn't matter if a basin gets soaked!
    We didn't use it as a shower or loo so I removed these bits, but they can be reinstated easily if needed - as they were recently when mil moved in with us for a while.
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