From the contemporary to the traditional, bathroom suites are available in many styles to enhance your home perfectly. But, if you’re on a limited budget, it can be challenging to create your dream bathroom, plus there’s various other factors to take into consideration too such as deciding on a look and choosing the right fixtures. So, if you’re looking for ways to save money when shopping for a new bathroom suite, or in need of some ideas on how to update the space without breaking the bank, just take a look at these tips and tricks and you’ll soon be feeling inspired!
Take your time deciding on a style
Before ripping out your old bathroom suite, it’s important to decide on a look. Research the different styles and choose one that appeals to you the most. Make sure to choose a style that will stand the test of time, and don’t create a look that you think will date in a couple of years. There’s nothing worse than being stuck with a bathroom that you hate and not having the money to make any changes, so it pays to take your time and do proper research.
Create a mood board or take to Pinterest and pin your favourite bathroom images, so you’ve got something to refer to when looking for ideas and inspiration. Carefully considering colours, space and materials will help you design a space that not only looks great, but is functional too.
Set a budget
Before shopping for a new bathroom suite, it’s essential to set a budget, and always add an extra 10% on top, as no matter how thoroughly you plan, there’s bound to be unforeseen costs. You will need to budget for new items such as the basin and toilet, as well as installation costs. A bathroom fitter charges around £70-£120 to fit a new sink and pedestal, while a bigger job such as tiling can cost £400-£1300. Other jobs to budget for include flooring, plastering, electrical work, plumbing work and underfloor heating. Don’t go with the first quote you get, instead ask several bathroom fitters what they would charge so you can compare costs. Always use a reputable installer and use sites such as RatedPeople.com and Checkatrade.com to help you find a reliable and trustworthy tradesman.
Don’t forget to consider your requirements
It’s important to consider the available space and what your exact requirements are before buying a new bathroom suite. Ask yourself who will be using the bathroom, is it just for the two of you, or are you a family with young children? Determining this will help you choose the most suitable products to suit your needs.
Have a play around with some layout ideas to see what works best. If there’s not much room, there are bathroom suites specially designed for small spaces, which feature compact dimensions. You could opt for wall mounted fittings to enhance a sense of space and reflective surfaces to bounce the light around.
Complete bathroom suites – an affordable option
Full bathroom suites tend to be cheaper than buying individual items, and it’s easier to create a coordinated look too. A complete suite usually includes the basin, toilet, bath and sometimes the taps, but make sure to check before you buy which essential extras you’ll require to complete your bathroom renovation project.
Bathroom suites are available with different types of baths such as straight standard baths, corner baths, shower baths and freestanding baths, and some even include a shower enclosure rather than a bath. The least expensive option is to choose a suite with a straight standard bath. When you start looking at bathroom suites with different style baths, especially freestanding designs, the costs increase.
Cheap bathroom suites offer great value for money, and just because the price is low, it doesn’t mean that the quality is poor. Be prepared to do your research and you could save yourself a few quid. If you are experienced at DIY, you can save even more money by fitting the suite yourself, but if not, make sure to call in the professionals, as any mistakes can be expensive to rectify.
Discount bathrooms – smarter shopping
You can save money by keeping an eye out for discount bathrooms, and shopping when the sales are on. It’s a good idea to sign up to email newsletters to ensure that you don’t miss out on special promotional voucher codes and offers. By shopping smarter and looking out for bargains, you can easily create your perfect bathroom suite for less. You could even get creative and look around salvage yards to see what could be upcycled into something useful, or that could even add a unique feature to your bathroom.
Make money from your old bathroom suite
If the taps, bath, basin and toilet are not in too bad condition, you could try selling them on an auction site, so you can recoup some of the money that you’ve spent on your new bathroom suite.
Cheap bathroom updates
Cheap bathrooms don’t have to look like you’ve not spent much money and made much of an effort, in fact you can create an expensive look with some clever updates. A new mirror or mirrored cabinet provides a quick and cost-effective way to revamp your bathroom. For an on-trend look and to add a touch of luxury, opt for a round mirror, which also provides an alternative to the usual square or rectangular design.
Other ways to create a luxury look without splashing the cash include replacing outdated taps, using inexpensive LED strip lights underneath shelving or behind a mirror and buying a set of new towels and bath mats. Also, having a good tidy up and hiding clutter in a vanity unit or cabinet will instantly give your bathroom a revamp, and it won’t cost you anything either.
We hope you found these tips helpful. If you have any more ideas, we would love to hear them – just comment below or Tweet us @CheapSuites