Potentially, updating your bathroom can be expensive. But, as you will see, it is still possible to do it on a tight budget.
Shop in the right places
Shopping around for what you need is always wise. You do not necessarily have to spend £100+ on a new shower screen. Many of the ones you can view here are much cheaper than that.
It makes sense to shop around and, if necessary, buy what you need from several different retailers. However, it is also worth considering buying everything in one place. This is because some firms will give you a discount if you spend over a certain amount with them. Not every company advertises these deals, so it is always worth asking to see if you can arrange a special deal.
Look for coupons
Speaking of discounts, remember to check to see if there are any coupons available. A lot of online retailers offer them.
Factor in the cost of postage
If you do buy online, remember to factor the cost of postage into your calculations. Also, check the returns policy before placing your order.
Dress your existing bathroom
If you are on a very tight budget, do not worry about re-tiling, or renewing the fixtures and fittings. You can easily give your bathroom a new look without all of the expense of replacing these elements. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Use decals instead of re-tiling
You can easily give your tiles a fresh new look using modern decals. They only cost a pound or two each and you do not need to use many to make a big difference. Plus, if you buy the right type, they are relatively easy to get off in a year or two when you fancy creating another look. It is also possible to buy decals that are designed to be stuck on to a shower cubicle or door.
Update the taps
Rather than replacing your tub and sink, simply change the taps. You will be stunned by how much difference this makes. If you want, you can do the same with your shower.
Tidy things up
De-cluttering is a great way to make your bathroom look better. Installing shelving is something that you can easily do yourself. Another approach is to give everyone a plastic tub with a lid to keep all of their toiletries in. These can either be stacked neatly in the bathroom or taken to the bedroom and slid under the bed. When each person wants a bath or to take a shower all they have to do is to grab their toiletries tub to have everything they need easily to hand.
Sometimes all your bathroom needs is a deep clean and a little touching up. Simple steps like cleaning the grout and polishing up the chrome and scrubbing the corners of your bathroom can make a big difference. Painting the door, ceiling and skirting will also help.
Buy some new towels
Buying a new rug, some nice towels and a couple of decorative features like a nice mirror may be all you need to do. In some styles of bathroom, a couple of large plants will also look good. This article explains which plants will thrive in the damp environment of most family bathrooms.