DIY Bathroom Updates: Transform Your Space on a Budget in the UK

Embarking on a bathroom makeover doesn’t necessarily mean you have to commit to a full-scale renovation – or spend a fortune. With a few basic DIY updates, you can really update the look and functionality of your bathroom, even when you have a super-tight budget. From a decade of living with an old tired 90’s bathroom that I simply don’t have the budget to replace (listen, it might be very blue, but it totally functions, so I have better places to spend my money) I thought I’d share some practical and budget-friendly tips specifically tailored for DIY enthusiasts in the UK.
(Toppest of TOP tips? Replace your shower head and hose. Simple but transformative …)

1. Upgrade Your Shower Head and Hose

The shower is often the focal point of a bathroom, and its functionality significantly impacts your daily routine. For people in hard water areas especially, shower heads swiftly become clogged with limescale. Most people will treat them with limescale remover, but eventually it’s simpler to just replace them. And while that’s happening in the shower head, the same thing’s happening in ther hose – but peopel don’t rterat that too. They can also become outdated in terms of water efficiency and pressure. Replacing these can not only improve your shower experience but also add a totally updated feel to the whole bathroom.

Grohe have a great guide on how to replace a shower head (and why) here, but as a quick guide:

  • Water Efficiency: Look for a shower head with a good balance between water pressure and efficiency. Eco-friendly options can save water and reduce bills.
  • Style and Functionality: Consider a shower head with adjustable settings for different spray patterns. It’s a simple luxury that can make a big difference.
  • DIY Installation: Most shower heads and hoses can be replaced using basic tools – infact, I last did mine in about 2 minutes, it’s SO easy.

2. Update Cabinet Hardware

A simple but effective update is to just replace old cabinet knobs and handles with new ones. It’s a small change which has an oddly big impact and instantly updates the look of your bathroom. Choose hardware that complements your bathroom’s overall design for a cohesive look.

3. Add Fresh Paint

Never underestimate the power of a fresh coat of paint! Opt for a moisture-resistant, mildew-resistant paint suitable for bathrooms. A new colour can change the entire feel of the room. Light colours can make small bathrooms feel larger and brighter.

New paint and bright towels can entirely change the fele of a bathroom. Image: Ground Picture Shutterstock

4. Invest in New Towels and Bath Mats

My mother always taught me to choose only white towels for a bathroom – that way no matter how old or mis-matched they are, they always actually match. It’s a handy tip … but new, different coloured, towels and bath mats can also add a splash of colour or texture to your bathroom. They’re practical upgrades that also serve as decorative elements. Opt for durable, high-quality fabrics that will withstand frequent washing.

5. Install New Lighting

Lighting can dramatically alter the mood and functionality of your bathroom. Consider replacing old fixtures with LED lights for a brighter, more energy-efficient solution.

6. Add a plant

A small cloud of green will freshen any bathroom space; adding plants to your bathroom will instantly create a more relaxing and natural atmosphere. Opt for species that thrive in humid conditions and require low to moderate light – ferns, bamboo, and spider plants are all excellent choices, as they can tolerate moisture and purify the air. Place them on shelves, windowsills, or hang them to add a pop of greenery without taking up too much space. Not only do these plants enhance the aesthetic appeal, but they also contribute to a healthier indoor environment.

Even the tiniest of succulents can change the feel of a blank white wall. Image: Ground Picture Shutterstock

Updating your bathroom on a budget is entirely feasible with these tips. Each change, seemingly small on its own, can collectively transform the look and feel of your smallest space. Remember, the goal is to create a bathroom that feels refreshed and tailored to your needs without undertaking a major renovation. Happy updating!

Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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