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Cheap Ways to Update your Bathroom

When it comes to updating the bathroom, most of us think that it’s going to cost a fortune, but with some creativity and imagination, this needn’t be the case. You really don’t need thousands of pounds to transform your bathroom into a stylish space, there are actually plenty of cheap ways to makeover your bathroom on a budget.

Updating your bathroom is a home improvement project that helps to add value, and it creates a selling point if you ever wish to move in the future. Before making over your bathroom, you will need to decide how much you can afford to spend and determine the extent of the changes you want to make. For those on a low budget, a fresh coat of paint and new accessories can make all the difference, but if you have a bit more to spend you can make bigger changes such as adding new tiles.

Try your hand at DIY

According to Which.co.uk it can cost between £70-£120 to remove and dispose of an old basin and install a new one in the same position, and it can cost £50-£80 to remove and fit a new mixer tap. Hiring an expert to remove and dispose of old fixtures, and install new ones in the same position means that costs soon start to add up. So, if you’ve got some DIY experience, then it makes perfect sense to remove and install new fixtures yourself. But as always, if you lack the skills it’s recommended to hire a professional to avoid costly mistakes.

Limit the amount of tile

New tiles can be expensive, especially when you factor in the price for a contractor to lay them for you. A good way to save money is to reduce the amount of wall tiles and put your focus onto areas that receive more wear and tear such as the floor. You could partially tile the wall and paint the rest for example, and if you’ve seen some expensive statement tiles, you could use them alongside cheaper tiles, which will save you a lot of money by only using a few here and there.

A fresh coat of paint

For those on a tight budget, adding a fresh coat of paint is one of the cheapest and easiest bathroom ideas, and it provides an effective way to create a new look. When painting your bathroom you will need to take care around the window and fixtures such as the toilet. It’s a good idea to use painter’s tape to protect these surfaces. When choosing paint, opt for a formula that’s resistant to mould and mildew, as the bathroom is a humid environment, where the temperature changes often.

Make a statement with wallpaper or pictures

Wallpaper is becoming an increasingly popular choice for making a statement in the bathroom, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot either. Wallpaper is available in an array of colours and patterns to suit all tastes, and it creates an eye-catching feature when used on a single wall. But, remember to avoid using wallpaper near the bath and sink, where it’s likely to get wet.

When choosing pictures for your bathroom, they don’t have to be coastal themed, instead you could opt for contemporary artwork that will really make an impact.

Update the bathroom fixtures

For a small investment you can update the light fixture, taps, shower curtain, shower head and accessories, which will transform your bathroom with a minimum of effort. Don’t be put off by cheap taps, some combine value for money with excellent quality. Expensive isn’t always the best option, so do your research first. Replacing your old taps provides a quick and cheap way to upgrade your bathroom. Even fitting a new shower head and shower curtain can breathe a new lease of life into the most used room in your home. Look out for high quality cheap showers to keep your bathroom renovation cost as low as possible.

You could even get really creative and use old plumbing to make a towel rail. Don’t be afraid to scour salvage yards – you’ll be surprised at what you can upcycle to give your bathroom a truly unique touch, such as this piece of reclaimed wood that was made into a rustic bath caddy.

A new bathroom mirror can make a big difference too. A mirror with lights will add a designer touch, or you could choose an oversized mirror to enhance a sense of space in a small bathroom.

Upgrade the towels and bathmat

Buying inexpensive towels and a bathmat may sound like it’ll hardly transform your bathroom, but with careful consideration, and by making the right colour choice, you might just be surprised. Bright towels are great for adding a pop of colour to an all-white bathroom scheme and the space will look instantly transformed.

Freshen up the sealant & grout

Often overlooked, and a small yet important detail, is sealant and grout. When covered in mould and grime, grout and sealant looks really unsightly, but simply cleaning or replacing it, will really help to freshen up the space. You’ll be surprised at the difference this cheap and easy bathroom update can make. Why not take a look at our step-by-step guide on how to grout tiles?

Declutter your bathroom

Tidying things away can make a huge difference in how your bathroom looks. If you think you’ve got too much clutter, have a good clear out and throw anything away that hasn’t been used in years! It’s a good idea to only keep what you need on a daily basis in your bathroom. Cheap bathroom storage ideas include wicker baskets and shelving, but if you have a bit more to spend why not fit a mirrored cabinet or a vanity unit?

Consider the environment

When updating the bathroom, it’s important to consider the environment. Dual flush toilets, water saving taps and low flow shower heads will not only help to save water, but you’ll save money on energy bills too – always a bonus!

Add a touch of greenery

Choose plants that thrive in a humid environment and take your bathroom from plain and boring to a space that looks fresh and vibrant in an instant! You could place your plants on a window ledge, the edge of the bath or on a shelf.

We hope you found these cheap bathroom updates helpful. If you have any more ideas, we would love to hear them! Comment below or Tweet us @CheapSuites

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Liz: Liz has a passion for home decor, interior design and renovation projects.