How to update your bathroom on a budget: Adding a shower & storage

Are you getting ready to renovate your bathroom? If you are looking to add more storage or find space for a shower, today’s blog post is for you!When you give your bathroom a makeover, you need to make sure that you are getting the best option for your needs. After all, you’ll be living with your new bathroom for many years to com, so you’ll want to be happy with your choices! Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are making your decor decisions…

CHOOSING A GREAT SHOWER

When it comes to choosing a shower, you want to make sure that it will work well with your choice of tub or enclosure. If you’re keeping your existing bath and adding a shower over it, you’ll need to consider the best position for the shower. I added mine in the centre, as it’s a freestanding bath that slopes up at the ends, so this was the only place that a person could stand up to shower. This turned out to be a bit of a mistake, as we needed to buy an oval curtain rail to enclose the bath, and it ended up costing almost as much as the bath itself!If you have a wall at the end of your bath, this would make a great spot for the shower. You could plumb into the existing water supply and it wouldn’t cost a small fortune to enclose the shower. Just a straight rail and curtain would do the job, or a glass screen would look classy without using up your entire bathroom budget.

You also need to consider the different types of showerheads; do you want to have a fixed showerhead, which is mounted to a permanent fixture, or do you want a handheld showerhead? The latter are connected to the wall, but are removable thanks to the flexible hose attached. These tend to be a good option for those who have limited mobility, for example, or are just super-handy for a quick hair wash (or for shampooing the dog!) You could also choose dual showers, which have a fixed head along with a handheld option, which is what I chose in the end. What can I say? I just want it all, haha!

CHOOSING STORAGE 

When you are choosing the storage solutions for your bathroom, you will need to consider several things. Naturally, the first and most important consideration is going to be the size of your bathroom. Can you add some fitted cabinets beneath the sink or around the loo? You might need to select a narrower vanity unit that is going to add storage without taking up too much space. Fortunately, built-in bathroom storage cupboards come in all kinds of different sizes, so finding something that will fit shouldn’t be too difficult.In addition to the size, you’ll also want to have bathroom storage that looks great, has the features that you want, and that will work well with your chosen bathroom décor. Consider the other elements that you have in the bathroom, such as the colour of the paint, the style of the tiles and any patterned wallpaper or shower curtains you plan to add, so you can find an option that is going to look good together. You may be able to save money by choosing very simple white cabinets and then add drama to the room with dark tiles or a colourful feature wall.Alternatively, you can save money on storage by buying freestanding items rather than fitted units. A laundry basket that doubles up as a stool would be a handy addition, and you can add as many baskets and boxes as you like to keep your toiletries and towels in order. I upcycled an old bathroom cabinet, which serves the dual-purpose of providing a mirror as well as storage.What do you think? Let me know how you decorated your bathroom and please share your advice for adding storage to the room via the comments section below. Thanks to Bathroom International for working with me to share these tips on remodelling your bathroom, I hope that theses ideas will help you to get the look you want, within your budget.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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