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Bathroom Renovations Under £5,000: 10 Ideas to Upgrade Your Bathroom on a Budget

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Bathroom upgrades can be an expensive endeavour, but it doesn’t have to be. With proper planning and execution, you can upgrade your bathroom without breaking the bank. Read on to discover the best return on investment (ROI) options that you can capitalise on for under £5,000.

1. Plan Your Bathroom Renovation

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The first step in renovating your bathroom on a budget is clearly defining your needs and planning what you want to achieve with the space; this will help you prioritise what's important and avoid overspending. 

You can keep the cost of your bathroom renovation down by retaining the existing layout — this saves you money on plumbing and electrical work. If you must change the design, consider working with a professional to ensure the job is done correctly. 

Need help with designing? Our complimentary design consultations can help you realise your vision by discovering which ABI Interiors styles and finishes best suit your bathroom upgrade ideas. At the end of the session, you will receive a complimentary moodboard and have a quote tailored to you.

2. Replace Your Bathroom Tapware

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Updating your bathroom tapware is an easy bathroom upgrade and a cost-effective way to refresh your bathroom without the hassle and expense of a full-scale renovation. With up to eight finishes available and an array of styles, ABI Interiors tapware allows you to create a custom look that suits your taste and complements your existing decor. Not only does new tapware instantly update your bathroom’s aesthetic, but it also improves the functionality of your plumbing and increases water efficiency.

If you like to update your style frequently, consider our Infiniti Collection. This range allows you to easily switch styles and finishes without modifying any in-wall components, saving you time and money in the future.

3. Paint the Walls

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One of the most budget-friendly ways to update your bathroom is by painting the walls. You can choose a colour that complements your bathroom's existing fixtures or use a bold new colour to make a statement. Before painting, it's essential to ensure the walls are clean and free of mould or mildew. 

Need help determining what colours could suit your scheme? Uncover the best colour combinations for your interiors.

4. Upgrade Your Bathroom Basin

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Replacing your old bathroom basin with a new one can make a big difference to the appearance of this space. When choosing your bathroom sink upgrade, consider the size and style that best suits your desired aesthetic and function. A new basin is a small change that will elevate your bathroom instantly. 

Consider our range of concrete bases, such as our Atelis and Nelios styles, for an earthy, unique look that stands the test of time. Alternatively, add a splash of colour with our almond or posy top-mount basins.

5. Install New Lighting Fixtures

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Harsh bathroom lighting can be unsettling. Upgrading any old fixtures can create a luxurious ambience for the room and is also a simple renovation move you can pair with other options. Ensure your lighting fixtures complement your overall design, particularly when using bold colours, and avoid any downlighting that could make getting ready challenging. Also, look for fixtures that are easy to install and use LED bulbs as they last longer and are more energy-efficient than traditional ones.

7. Add New Accessories

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Bathroom accessories enhance the functionality of the space, making it more user-friendly and convenient for everyday use. New bathroom accessories like a towel rail, soap dispenser, or shower caddy are affordable bathroom upgrades. 

Additionally, investing in good-quality, durable accessories will enhance your bathroom's overall aesthetic appeal and improve the overall longevity of your bathroom renovation for many years to come.

8. Refinish or Replace the Bathtub

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If your bathtub appears old or worn, refinishing it can rejuvenate its appearance and extend its life by 10-15 years. The process begins with stripping off the old finish and sanding the tub to prepare it for renewal. Next, any defects such as holes, rust, chips, or marks are fixed. Finally, the tub is treated with a primer, multiple coating layers, and a sealant to complete the restoration. 

If you prefer to replace it, you can find options that fit your budget, though you may want to limit your other renovation choices if you want to keep the total spend under $5,000. When choosing a new bath, consider a timeless design with thermal insulation and anti-scratch properties.

9. Re-grout the Bathroom Tiles

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If your bathroom tiles look old or worn, re-grouting them can bring them a new lease of life. It’s also an easy DIY project with many online tutorials outlining the process — all you need is a few tools and the willingness to put in the work. Re-grouting your bathroom tiles can help them be more resistant to mould, preserve their longevity, and slow down or stop water from seeping out. Plus, you’ll notice the entire room looks brighter!

10. Hire a Professional

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While it might not be the most budget-friendly option, hiring a professional ensures the job is done correctly and efficiently, potentially saving you from expensive mistakes if DIY isn't your strength. Seek a professional who specialises in basic bathroom renovations and is willing to accommodate your budget — or simply choose the jobs that need the most attention and do the rest yourself.

Given the current cost of living, completing a bathroom reno on a budget might seem challenging. However, by implementing our suggestions on how to keep your renovation under $5,000 by replacing just a few key elements, you can refresh your bathroom affordably.

 

 

Do you have any tips for budget-friendly renovations? Tell us in the comments below!

 

For further insights on working within a budget, read 7 Rules to Set (And Stick To) A Home Renovation Budget.

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