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The bathroom is one of the most visited places in any house. For this reason, it needs a warm and inviting aesthetic. While it’s easy to spend a lot of money and turn a large bathroom into a work of art, working with small bathroom remodel ideas can be a daunting task. Not many can manage bathroom makeovers on a tight budget.

Moreover, if space is a concern, such as in the case of powder rooms, then you need to open up your creative skills and set your mind to work. Yes, this task does look a bit challenging but it can be done. So, here are 11 small bathroom remodel ideas on a budget, which you can maybe adapt for your next renovation project. And trust us, each of these tips won’t add much of a difference to your total bathroom remodel cost.

1. Opt for vanity mirrors

vanity mirror in bathroomMinimalist bathroom decor, by Anonimous from wikimedia commons [CC BY 3.0]

The first of our remodel ideas is to replace your existing bathroom mirror with a new bathroom vanity mirror. Round vanity mirrors are in style right now and are also a practical choice for small bathrooms because they take up minimal space. You can even try backlighting your mirror to give it a touch of glamorous vintage style and create the illusion of extra space. Apart from this, you can even include open shelving to store your shampoos and lotions.

2. Bring in the outdoors with air-purifying plants

Bathroom PlantsBathroom Plants, by Simkinseled from wikimedia commons [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Another one of our cheap, but effective small bathroom remodel ideas it to hang plants around your bathroom next to your vanities and bathtub. Plants that deal well with the moisture present in bathrooms include bamboo, begonias, aloe vera, and Chinese evergreens, to name a few. Most of them also purify the air and reduce indoor air pollution. When it comes to indoor plants, do your research and get the best ones for your master bath.

3. Try a new paint color

Blue and white bathroomPhoto by PickComfort on flickr – www.pickcomfort.com [CC BY 2.0]

One of the cheapest and simplest small bathroom remodel ideas is to change the way your bathroom looks with a fresh coat of paint. The best solution is to go for a soft color scheme. Such colors make the bathroom space seem bigger and are also easy on the eyes. This blue and white bathroom, for instance, looks bright and organized despite having less square footage.

4. Repair, not replace

repairing shower tile groutPhoto By JGKlein – Own work, Public Domain, from wikimedia commons

As time passes by, the caulk and grout in your restroom start to take on a sort of discolored and moldy appearance. Instead of going out and buying new items for your bathroom, you should look to re-caulk and re-grout your bathroom fixtures. Touching up your tub, sink, and other items can give your bathroom an entirely new glow, plus save you a lot of money.  

5. Brighten up the small space with a skylight

Bathroom skylightPhoto by cocoparisienne on Pixabay [CC0]

A skylight can successfully enliven even a small bathroom. The natural light, streaming in, doesn’t just make the area appear bigger than it is — it also saves you considerable money on your electricity bill. You don’t even need to use the light during the day.

6. Go for tile accents

Tiling can effectively change the way your bathroom looks. If tiling the complete bathroom is not conducive to your budget, go for accent walls. Keep the color bright and happy. It will also add visual depth to your bathroom walls. Alternatively, you could go for tiled floor — keeping the walls barren. Such a design would make the bathroom appear larger vertically.

Read more: Small Bathroom Decorating Ideas to Woo You

7. Try a shower curtain to demarcate the bathing area

Shower curtainModern Marble Bathroom Design, by Paintzen on flickr – www.paintzen.com [CC BY 2.0]

Install a shower curtain on rings for easy movability. This simple addition will save space over a glass door that moves in and out. You can either get a 60-inch tub or a shower. For those who like both, but have limited square footage, can opt for a shower-tub combo that easily fits in.

8. Use tall, narrow cabinets

Narrow bathroom cabinetPhoto by Bonsoni.com on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

In a small bathroom, the idea is to free up floor space. Using tall and narrow cabinets instead of short and wide ones will serve to save you tons of space in your small or half bathroom. If you have a small bathroom, the goal should be to store things higher, not wider. You can find vintage cabinets in thrift stores and discount cabinets all over the internet.

9. Invest in a corner sink

Corner sinkPhoto by PickComfort on flickr – www.pickcomfort.com [CC BY 2.0]

Sometimes, a pedestal sink or a trough sink across the shower can disrupt the flow of traffic in a narrow bathroom. It can intrude upon the only available traffic lane in a bathroom. In such a scenario, go for a corner sink and install it across the toilet. We love this clean-cut modern design idea. The metallic light fixture is placed against the mirror — its light gets reflected off the mirror and adds luminosity to the small room. In keeping with the minimalistic look of the bathroom, even the towel bar has been kept simple and utilitarian.

10. Utilize the space above the toilet

Storage above the toiletPhoto by nhadatvideo on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

This is yet another of our clever small bathroom remodel ideas. Just placing a wooden or stone slab utilizes the vacant vertical space above the toilet and acts as extra counter space. You can even go for a modern integrated storage unit with the toilet. It can be used as a medicine cabinet or you may place small items of daily use in this area. Such an addition will help declutter your bathroom. Even the towel rack has been mounted to the wall instead of taking up bathroom floor space.

11. Ditch the shower door

Bathroom glass panelbathroom remodel, by Brock Builders on flickr – www.brockbuildersinc.com [CC BY 2.0]

When extra space feels like a luxury and ideal for placing just a toilet and a 60-inch tub, then it’s better not to install a shower door. A simple glass panel will suffice. It won’t even need space to open and shut it — while keeping the bathing area separate and dry.


Well, these were few of our choicest, simplest, and budget small bathroom remodel ideas. So, which one will you use in your next renovation project? Do not forget to let us know in the comment section below.


11 Clever Small Bathroom Remodel Ideas on a Budget was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Beatus Hoang

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