Setting a bathroom budget: expert tips on getting it right

setting a bathroom budget

Are you mid plans to renovate a bathroom? Feeling like setting a bathroom budget is a bit like picking a figure out of thin air? Yep, I feel you. The cost can seem a little daunting and I know I found it hard to decide where to spend my money when I was first planning my new bathroom.

So, to help you out, I decided to talk to a few experts setting a bathroom budget. I asked them how you can achieve your dream space within whatever budget you have. I kinda wish I had done this before I’d done my own space, but, alas, here’s the wisdom to pass onto you…


setting a bathroom budget
Plan to renovate a bathroom in the UK? Keep an eye on the cost with these handy tips. Firstly, here’s the Nest Trendy washbasin unit, £1027; countertop washbasin, £248; mirror with LED lighting and Silence bath, £3340, all VitrA.

Work out what you need before setting a bathroom budget

“When setting a bathroom budget, it is essential to focus on you and your family’s needs now and in the future in order to determine how much you’ll have to spend. If you are only looking to replace existing sanitaryware without moving pipes and drainage, a modest budget of under £2000 can create a fresh new space that will still add value to your home. But if you want to completely change your layout, the cost can quickly escalate. A tip for making the space look more luxurious without blowing your budget is to opt for wall-hung sanitaryware – you’ll save on floorspace, too.”

Margaret Talbot, marketing manager, VitrA

Bring in your personality before setting a bathroom budget

“Think about your style and how you can incorporate it into your new space. A recess in your shower and behind your bath with contrasting statement tiles would create a great feature, without the need for a high square meterage of a more expensive, intricate design. Invest in beautiful materials – whether that’s luxurious marble or an encaustic cement tile – that will lift your space and add character. You can then make savings with plain but practical sanitaryware.”

Hamish Smith, creative director, Ca’Pietra.

a dual flush toilet next to a toilet roll holder
Secondly, ensure you bring in your personality when setting a bathroom budget.

Invest in the things you use most

“You’ll likely be using your taps every day, so choose top-end fitting where possible – it will look better, last longer, and provide you with a better daily experience. I always recommend seeing fixtures in person before making a purchase, as when you’re investing in products to last a lifetime, you want them to be right for you. Look at the quality and finish in your own hands first. If you do buy online, make sure it’s from a reputable retailer who can offer aftercare if needed, and ensure you check the small print so you know the product will fit and be compatible with your plumbing.”

David Cole, sales director, Perrin & Rowe.

setting a bathroom budget
Thirdly: designed by EOOS, this combination of a walk-in shower and bathtub features an integrated glass door, which allows you to easily switch between different uses. Shower + Bath with mirror screen, £5745, Duravit.

Think about the future

“As more of us live in multi-generational households, it’s wise to consider who will use the bathroom – both now and in the future and spend on things that will stand the test of time as needs change. What is desirable today may not be practical in a few years, which could then involve additional and costly alterations. A walk-in shower is more practical for older generations, while an anti-slip surface prevents accidents. If space is limited and you don’t want to forgo a bath, look for an accessible two-in-one version, for example one with an integrated door. Setting a bathroom budget well is all about thinking about the now, as well as the future.”

Martin Carroll, managing director, Duravit UK.

Remember storage

“Bathrooms are functional spaces, right? So don’t skimp on storage for all those toiletries and towels used on a daily basis. It can be tempting to opt for a smaller vanity unit or shelving to save money, but investing in a more substantial design will help keep your bathroom clutter free. And at every stage of your renovation process, ensure you shop around for the best deals – getting a minimum of three quotes is always recommended.”

Holly Aspinall, marketing manager, Geberit.

two vanity units and a toilet
Setting a bathroom budget: Rectangle lay-in basin, £239.28; AquaClean Tuma Comfort; £2654.03; and Sigma70 flush plate in brushed stainless steel, £426, all Geberit.

Create a focal point

“It’s possible to create an opulent statement within a bathroom by selecting only one ‘hero product’, such as a countertop basin or freestanding bath. Look out for designs with interesting shapes, features, or colours to add a sense of luxury and drama to your space. Chose simpler fittings elsewhere to stay within your budget.”

Adam Teal, head of sales, Kaldewei

setting a bathroom budget
Setting a bathroom budget: Royo Structure 120cm two-door two-drawer unit with solid surface basin, £1555, and Aquaglass + Velar black framed walk-in shower enclosure, £495, Frontline Bathrooms.

Don’t try to do too much

“Don’t try to include too many different things, as this will lead to pressures on your budget as well as the success of the scheme. Choosing products with dual functionality, such as a heated washstand and basin, will help you save both money and space. Bear in mind the age-old adage ‘you get what you pay for’. It’s better to invest in a few high-quality products that are guaranteed to last.”

Michael Sammon, sales and marketing director, Frontline Bathrooms

Pay for good labour

“When you’re setting a bathroom budget, it’s always worth budgeting for a reputable installer, as you may choose some lovely products – but if the bathroom is poorly fitted, it will be a wasted effort.”

Leanne Robey and Chris Payne, senior designers, Ripples

a green freestanding tub next to floral wallpaper
Tweed compact freestanding roll top bath, from £3430, Drummonds

Featured image: Ca’Pietra.

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