There is a reason they call it the throne room; it is the most comfortable and peaceful place in any home. It is where you relax and rejuvenate. It is your bathroom.

No matter where you live – a gigantic castle or a humble little abode, you want your bathroom to serve its purpose well. With the right planning and strategy, you can beautifully renovate your bathroom on a small budget. However, before we move on to budget-friendly bathroom remodelling tips, let’s take a look at how much a bathroom renovation generally costs and what your ideal goal should be.

Consider the Average Cost of Bathroom Renovation

If you are interested in renovating your bathroom, the chances are you are already looking at photos of renovated bathrooms on the internet. Those fancy and luxurious ones tend to cost around £5,000 to £10,000 on average. The cost includes fittings, tiling, fixtures, and the labour cost. Now, that doesn’t sound affordable for everyone. You need to watch your own budget first.

Ideally, a small budget renovation cost for a bathroom shouldn’t exceed £5,000. The cost can be lower should you choose to DIY the project and eliminate the labour cost altogether. However, that isn’t recommended as a small DIY mistake can cost a lot more in repairs.

Once you have set your budget, here is what you can do to keep the cost of renovation as low as possible.

Salvage What You Can        

Renovations don’t have to involve total replacement. Ceramic fittings such as bathtubs can cost a lot. While there are cheaper options in the market, it costs even less to upcycle the ones you already have. There are many ways to upcycle old items. The easiest way it to get a bucket of paint and colour all the fittings that are still in usable condition.

We’d say the same for the cabinets, countertops, and vanities. Whether it is ceramic or wood, a new paint or varnish can make them look as fresh as new. Not to mention, painting fittings and cabinet allows you to change the entire colour theme of the bathroom.

So, don’t throw everything out in favour of brand new ones. Think of all the items that can be salvaged through upcycling.

Consider Second-Hand Buys

We understand not everything can be salvaged with a bucket of paints. If you haven’t renovated the bathroom in ages, the chances are some of the items may already be broken. Even the bathtub is prone to cracks over time. In that case, it is best to replace the item rather than delaying the inevitable. The replacement might cost even more after the renovation is complete.

However, a new fixture for your bathroom doesn’t mean it has to be brand new. You can look online for secondhand items as well. Some people are selling preloved items in great conditions. You can even find preloved granite or wooden countertop to replace your laminate one.

This is actually a smart approach to get higher quality items at a fraction of price. You might get your hands on high-end products at the price of lower-end. And as we all know, a high-quality product is bound to last longer.

Leave the Layout Alone

Plumbing and wiring costs can easily exceed your budget. Therefore, it is never a good idea to meddle with the layout unless absolutely necessary for any reason. Whether you decide to upscale your fixtures or replace them, try to keep everything where it is. Bigger items such as bathtubs, washbasin, and toilet seats should be placed exactly where they were before. This way you won’t have to spend on a new plumbing plan. Same goes for all the electric fixtures in the bathroom.

Splurge on Smaller Things

It is understandable that you will require some new items to give your bathroom a fresh makeover. In that case, think of the smaller and cheaper items. Think of items you can afford to go high-end with. Light fixtures, taps, and racks are a good start. You will be amazed by the difference a new basin tap can make.

Similarly, high-end bathroom accessories like soap dishes and toothbrush holder can also make your revamped bathroom seem luxurious and expensive.

A Fresh Look for the Floor

Here’s a pro tip: tiling can be the most expensive job in a bathroom renovation project. However, you don’t always have to redo the flooring. Sometimes it is the dirty grout that makes the floor seem worn out. Sometimes proper caulk and grout cleaning can give your bathroom a sparkly new look. Grout cleaning and refreshing products are easily available in the market, but you can also hire professionals at a reasonable rate.

However, if your floor really needs a full makeover, you can opt for low-cost alternatives to tiles. Vinyl flooring, for instance, is a great option in this regard. Shop around for cheaper options but if your existing floor is of higher quality, see if you can make it look newer without replacement.

DIY with Caution

If you are on a tight budget, DIY does seem like a feasible option. However, it isn’t always the case. Remember, if you aren’t a pro, you are bound to make mistakes. We have seen numerous cases where fixing DIY blunders actually costed a lot more than what the pros charge for the original job.

So, keep in mind the cost of fixing those mistakes. Not everyone is good at following instructions, and most of us tend to miss up in our first try. If you haven’t don’t it before, it’s better to leave it to the pros.


No matter how big or small your bathroom is, you don’t need a gigantic budget to give it a new makeover. Curtail your expenses by limiting the number of new items you buy. Focus on using as much of the existing items as possible. Don’t go for a drastic change in the layout. Avoid DIY risks and choose experts you can truly rely on. With smart decisions like these, you will have your luxurious looking bathroom at a minimal budget.