10 Budget-Friendly Bathroom Ideas


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Your bathroom might not seem like a place of comfort and relaxation now, but after implementing these budget-friendly ideas, you’ll actually want to spend time there. Even better, you don’t need a lot of technical know-how to put these bathroom ideas to use.

1. Invest in a Decorative Shower Curtain

Want to update your shower curtain? Try a new fabric, pattern, color, or even style. Get creative and use your imagination; replacing your existing shower curtain can make your bathroom feel more welcoming. 

What’s more, you don’t have to spend a small fortune on replacing your shower curtain (although it’s certainly possible). However, if you’re on a tight budget and want to restore your shower curtain, try cleaning it.

Many people don’t think to toss their shower curtains in the wash, but it’s certainly okay to do so. You might be surprised at how bright and new it looks once thoroughly cleaned.

2. Buy All New Lighting

If you’re looking for a way to update your outdated bathroom, you can replace the lighting. Lighting is often overlooked in favor of bigger projects like redoing a tiled area or replacing wallpaper. But updated lighting can make a big difference in your bathroom.

First, decide what type of light you want to put in. There are many types to choose from, including recessed, fluorescent, LED, among others. 

For most bathrooms, recessed lights are best as they provide more focused light that doesn’t bounce off surfaces like mirrors and walls (although that, too, can help make your bathroom seem bigger).

Next, pick out some lamps that will coordinate with the room. You might also want to consider finding some reading lamps if your bathroom doesn’t have enough natural light from windows or other sources.

Finally, install the new lights and enjoy your updated look! You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference the right lighting makes in your bathroom (or any space, for that matter). It’s all about choosing the most suitable arrangement for your bathroom.

3. Invest in New Fixtures

Since bathrooms are such a small space, you can afford to update fixtures. It’s more important to use your money on the things that will have the biggest impact. Something like new lighting or a new shower curtain is way easier on your budget than something like a new toilet or cabinets.

In addition, have you considered replacing the handles and knobs throughout your bathroom? This is usually a cheap investment that helps breathe new life into your space.

If you decide to replace something like the toilet or sink, ask your landlord for permission first if you rent.

4. Put a Frame around Your Bathroom Mirror

You can add a unique focal point to your bathroom by framing your plain mirror with an elaborate frame or mosaic tiles. You don’t have to do anything too complicated; even a basic frame will look great. 

This is perfect if you’re looking for budget-friendly bathroom ideas and want to make a small improvement without breaking the bank.

5. Coordinate Colors and Décor

When decorating your bathroom, it’s important to coordinate the colors, textures, and décor of things like your draperies, rugs, countertops, and shower curtain. This will make the room feel cohesive, which will make it a more inviting space.

You can usually find budget-friendly décor for bathrooms at your local retail store. And there’s usually a pretty sizable selection of different styles to choose from.

6. Focus on Decluttering

One of the most popular ways to make your bathroom seem more spacious is by clearing clutter. Clutter not only takes up valuable space but also makes a room feel overly cramped and visually unappealing. 

Remove things like the hairbrush sitting on the counter or the pile of dirty clothes in the corner to create an open and clean space. In doing so, you will have an attractive and welcoming bathroom to be in.

7. Restore What You Have

You don’t always have to replace your existing bathroom components to refresh your space. Instead, focus on restoring what you already have. If your bathtub looks old and grungy, invest in the appropriate cleaning products to brighten it up.

Have a good look around your bathroom and think about what you can live with. Maybe a fresh makeover lies in putting in some elbow grease to breathe new life into your old components.

8. Install a Vertical Vanity

If you want to update your bathroom and save some money and space, consider installing a vertical vanity. This vanity is designed to take up less space since it’s built vertically rather than horizontally.

Do you often find yourself wishing you had more space in your bathroom? Are things starting to feel overly cramped? Then consider this vanity idea to make the most of your tiny bathroom space.

9. Maximize Storage

If you’re looking for a way to save space, repurposing storage is the way to go. You can use things you already have around your home and garage to create functional storage units. 

For example, if you have a cabinet that’s not being used in your kitchen, take it out and turn it into a storage space for your bathroom.

First, think about what you want to store in the space. You’ll need enough room for your items, and your storage should be sturdy enough to hold their weight. 

If you don’t have a large cabinet available, try using two smaller cabinets side by side or even stackable shelves. The best part about this project is that all of the supplies are probably already at home!

10. Replace the Tiling

As long as it’s a small, contained area, one inexpensive way to update your bathroom is by updating the tile. You can choose between stone, ceramic, or porcelain tiles, depending on your preference. 

Just keep in mind that porcelain and ceramic tiles stain easily. As such, you might want to look for a stain-resistant tile if you have young children. 

Moreover, if you want to save on installation costs, you can use peel-and-stick vinyl tiles that mimic the look of real stone or ceramic tiles.


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