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How to Refurb Your Bathroom on a Budget


The bathroom is a sanctuary for many of us, and it's a room that should be comfortable and have a fresh feeling. Due to the nature of the room, moisture build up can mean that fixtures and fittings can become dull or discoloured over time, so it's great to freshen up your decor every now and then.

When it comes to refurbishing your bathroom, no matter how big or small, it's all too easy to get carried away with costs. This may be something that you wish to avoid either because you plan to move house or to refurbish your bathroom again in the near future, or perhaps simply, you have a small budget. Whatever the reason, we've compiled a list of money-saving ideas to help you refurbish your bathroom on a budget.

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Before You Begin

The easiest and most overlooked way of keeping costs down is to ensure that you plan carefully and do things properly - getting in over your head will mean that you end up making mistakes or cutting corners which can ultimately be very expensive. Planning ahead means that you can stretch that budget as far as possible.

For example, it may save money to fit a new bathroom faucet yourself, but if you fit it incorrectly or damage any of the systems you may find yourself paying out hefty fees for a plumber.

If you are going to be undertaking work yourself, be sure that you are prepared with the correct tools. We have a fantastic range of tools and accessories available on our website, so if you are a budding DIY enthusiast looking to save a bit of cash, just make sure that you've done your homework!

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Walls and Flooring

Dirt and grime are bound to accumulate in any room, but in a humid area such as the bathroom, this is intensified. You will be surprised at the dramatic difference you can make just by giving your bathroom a thorough cleaning.

Break out the limescale remover, replace or fix any broken tiles, polish your metal fittings and scrub the grouting, then add a fresh coat of paint. A light colour on the ceiling will instantly brighten up the room, and when combined with shining taps, handles and shower rails it will create a light and airy feel.

If you're going to be adding tiling on the walls, keep it to the areas that are most visible instead of spending precious funds on tiling hidden areas, like the inside of the shower cubicle.

Try using vinyl flooring - it's cheap, easy to install yourself and with the vast array of colours, styles and designs on offer. It's easy to make cheap flooring look like designer decor.

Tiling doesn't have to be costly, though - we have an excellent range of bathroom floor tiles that are affordable, but still sturdy and durable, giving you quality and peace of mind.

Also, don't underestimate the power of fresh new bath mat - a vibrant colour or quirky design is great for drawing attention away from a more plain floor.

Get Creative

Aside from making larger changes like the fixtures, fittings, walls and floors, there are plenty of smaller changes you can make in your bathroom to give it a brand new feel without breaking the bank.

Spend a few minutes trawling for sale items that may be unusual colours and then rebuild your decor around it - for example, an off-white countertop that has been reduced in price can be combined with ivory soap dispensers and a decorative sticker pattern to frame the mirror above your sink, to create an old-world elegance.

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Think small to think big - sourcing accessories that match can really bring an overall look together and make it feel stylish and defined, so think matching chrome shower rail, door handle, soap dish and toilet roll holder - all inexpensive fittings, that when brought together will make the room feel polished and smart.

Use a Colour Theme

A colour theme can really inject warmth, so don't be afraid to experiment with a wacky shower curtain or patterned towels. Alternatively, you could have a simple colour theme running through with a matching toilet seat, toilet brush holder, lampshade and blind - most of which you can pick up fairly cheaply in a budget home store.

If you have the space and the expertise, try adding some repurposed storage - for example, an old crate attached to the wall can make an excellent holder for toothbrushes, or even a couple of decorative things like potpourri or a trinket box for odds and ends.

Get Set, Go!

We hope that we've given you the confidence you need to start refurbishing your bathroom on a budget - remember, planning is the key. Here at Building Supplies Online, we understand the work that goes into your home renovation projects, and how important it is to get it right. Check out our excellent range of bathroom products and accessories for more ideas, and save in style!