Want the look of a nice bathroom without the high price tag? Bathroom remodels can cost anywhere from 6,000–15,000 dollars. While you can cut these prices down quite a bit by doing most of the work yourself, some materials and renovations cost a lot of money. Here are some budget-friendly ideas for your next bathroom remodel.
Look Into Alternative Flooring Options
Tile is expensive and labor intensive, so consider other options. If you love the look of hardwood, consider engineered wood; it looks like hardwood, but it’s much less expensive. It’s also better suited for the bathroom than hardwood—engineered wood is water-resistant, while hardwood isn’t. Plus, you can install it with gorilla glue or a nail gun.
Do you have your heart set on tile? Consider peel and stick tile. You’ll get the look of tile without the price, and it’s also much less labor intensive and easier to remove.
Laminate flooring is the least labor-intensive option of these three. That’s because it snaps into place over your existing floor. You’ll also size it to your room, so measure your bathroom’s dimensions before purchasing it.
Replace the Vanity, Keep the Counter
While it’s more expensive than repainting, replacing your vanity base is another budget-friendly idea for your next bathroom remodel. If you love the look of your countertop or replacing it is over budget, this is the DIY project for you.
Buy a topless bathroom vanity and confirm that it’s the right size for your current countertop. If your countertop isn’t cutting it, choose a vinyl film or laminate countertop to lay over the existing surface.
Recalibrate Your Space
One of the best ways to get an airier bathroom is to clean up excess clutter. And better yet, this step is free! Once you’ve pared down your lotion collection, put an organization system in place to help keep it clutter-free. Add baskets to cabinets or the back of the toilet, install shelving and drawer dividers, and place hardware on the back of your door for easy hanging.
Swapping out small details can also make a big impact. Replace your towels or shower curtain to change the feel of the space. Paint or reframe your mirror to refresh it without replacing it entirely. You can thrift many small items like these, or you may find them at garage sales; baskets, bins, décor, and glassware are all great items to buy at thrift stores.
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