Posted on September 30, 2015
As office interior design experts that work with companies in a number of different industries, we get to create and build some amazing spaces in varying styles. But despite the variety there are a number of trends we have spotted.
The first one of these trends is office wetrooms and showers.
Modern workplaces are becoming more and more like our homes. The boundaries are blurring and benefits, such as comfortable seating and mobile devices, are being transferred. Wetrooms take things that one step further and allow staff to have a home comfort they don’t have anywhere else, a warming, private shower.
Also, keeping fit is more fashionable than ever. Cycling to work and attending local gyms during lunchbreaks are common, so private wetrooms and showering facilities are a luxury for those who arrive to work sweaty and dishevelled.
We now know why showers are a new trend in office refurbishments and workplace design, but what are the benefits of wetrooms in particular? Let’s take a look at a few:
Flexible Bathing - Everyone has different levels of mobility and bathing needs, therefore a walk-in wetroom with a seat and adjustable shower head level is the ideal solution for meeting these requirements. A level floor is also a must for any disabled people who may wish to use the facilities.
Durable Materials – With floor to ceiling tiling, wetrooms are usually more durable than your regular shower. Tiles are long-lasting and sturdy, meaning they are unlikely to be damaged easily and will continue to look their best for years to come.
Easily Cleaned – Of course, the other benefit of tiles is that their flush surface is easy to wipe down and keep clean. They are also less likely to hold water or harbour dirt than more detailed fixtures. This means you could save time and/or money.
There are some drawbacks, of course. The main one being any awkward shower moments where you may bump into your boss or colleague in the buff. These instances can be eliminated by creating a small dry space or changing area within the room.
The other is the time staff take away from their desk to take these showers. If you decide to fit a shower and wetroom during your office refurbishment, you may like to write a policy to detail when staff are allowed to use these facilities. You don’t want to encourage random 2pm showers now, do you?
If you’d like to learn more about this latest trend or any other aspect of office interior design, then get in touch! Call us today or tweet us @OfficeImageLtd.