You probably spend a lot of time in your bathroom.
That’s not a judgment. That’s because the bathroom is somewhat of an oasis in your home. A place to relax, take a bath and read a book. It’s functional, and it’s also a place to escape for some “me” time.
So it’s no surprise that potential homebuyers will look at your bathrooms closely when they’re making their decision. In fact, bathrooms rank high on the list of things that sway a buyer, second only to kitchens.
That means if you’re considering making upgrades to your home, then a bathroom renovation may be the best bang for your buck. However, not all bathroom remodels are the same – some features can add more value than others.
Let’s take a look at 15 relatively inexpensive bathroom remodeling ideas that can provide the highest return on investment, while also improving its function.
1. Add Storage
You need a place for all of your towels, toiletries, lotions, potions, and more. Rather than trying to fit items in a tiny medicine cabinet, you can build more shelving.
Take advantage of the height of the space by adding storage that goes right to the ceiling or across the length of the walls. A new sink vanity with lots of storage space underneath is also a good option.
2. Add Wall and Floor Tiles
If you want your bathroom to have a classic look, or to like a hotel bathroom, then you can easily add tiles. To make the job even easier, you can get tiles with self-adhesive so you don’t have to be a DIY master.
When you’re choosing your tiles, think of interesting patterns (like checkers) or color schemes that enhance the space. Also, make sure they’re made from a material that can withstand moisture and high humidity.
3. Update The Throne
People spend a lot of time on the toilet – in fact, research has suggested that you’ll spend about 92 days over a lifetime sitting on it. That’s a lot of magazines to read through!
Since we spend so much time on the toilet, you and everyone else is going to want the most comfortable seat. If your existing toilet is too small or too low to the ground, consider replacing it. It’s also a good opportunity to get a model that uses less water.
You could even install a model with a bidet, which can dramatically reduce the amount of toilet paper you’re using.
4. Consider Shower Panels
Typically, you stand under the showerhead, and it rains down on your head. If you install a shower panel, you can control where the water is coming from – it can rain down from the top, or massage your body with sprays, or both.
Some shower panels also have other cool features, like lights that change color to show the water temperature.
5. Add a Larger Tub
One of the limitations of many bathrooms is the small size of the bathtub. Many of them are five feet long or so, which is not going to cut it for some people.
You want a tub you can sink into and stretch out your legs. In this case, you may want to consider a large standalone tub if there’s no space to extend your existing one.
These tubs are stylish (think clawfoot tubs) and a good option if you have an enclosed shower. They can be very heavy, so maybe hire a crew to do the lifting for you.
6. Bring The Music
You probably also sing in the shower, and that’s okay. But what if you could hear the real song to sing along with while you’re washing your hair?
Well, it’s possible. There are some showerheads that have now been fitted with speakers, and there are other devices on the market specifically for bathroom music.
Imagine how much perkier you’ll be in the morning if you can crank your favorite tunes while lathering up? Nothing like a little shower karaoke before you have to be in that meeting.
7. Install Better Lighting
This is a simple and relatively easy bathroom remodeling idea. It will make your bathroom look instantly more inviting and make colors pop.
On the more practical side, you’ll be able to groom yourself a lot more easily when you add lighting in the right places, such as the mirror. Consider switching your current lightbulbs to LEDs to save energy costs.
You could also consider installing larger windows to let in more natural light, cutting down on the need for artificial lighting altogether.
8. Add Towel Warmers
You step out of the shower and you get that dreaded initial blast of cooler air as you reach for the towel. But it doesn’t have to be that way anymore.
With a towel warmer, you’ll basically have a warm blanket waiting for you to wrap yourself in after you take your morning shower. Just don’t get too relaxed and end up back in bed!
9. Install Bigger Mirrors
Mirrors create the look of more space in a bathroom, which might impress a potential buyer.
But even if you’re not selling, having larger and more modern mirrors will make shaving and other grooming tasks a little easier. They can also allow more than one person using the mirror at a time, which is handy if your family is fighting for space in the morning.
10. Add Color
The bathroom doesn’t have to be a boring, neutral space. You can add color accents to liven it up.
Earthy tones are popular for bathrooms, as well as blue and green hues. But really it’s all up to your personal preferences. Just make sure you use the right type of paint to avoid damage from moisture (semi-gloss is a popular choice.)
A bathroom renovation expert can help you choose paint colors and even do all the painting (as well as everything else), as shown in this useful link from Lars Remodeling.
11. Enclose the Shower
If you use the shower primarily and don’t really need a tub, then you can consider a glass enclosure for your shower.
A shower enclosure can help prevent water from spraying out from the shower. Many enclosures also have other features such as a bench, so you can sit down while enjoying the warm jets.
You also won’t have to step over the edge of a tub to get into the shower. But if you want to keep your tub intact, you can add an enclosure right around it.
12. Modernize Your Sink
If your sink is looking tired and out of date, then you might want to consider adding a more modern-looking unit such as a flat bowl style. Glass sinks are also becoming more popular.
This is also a good time to look at your sink vanity and faucet to see if they need to be updated too.
13. Upgrade Your Vanity
Getting a new sink and hardware won’t look that impressive if the sink vanity is out of date.
Many sinks and vanities are sold together, so you can be sure their style is matched. Also, make sure the vanity offers lots of additional space for items such as rolls of toilet paper or bathroom cleaners.
14. Heat it Up
Now that you have your towel warmer, now you can also consider underfloor heating.
With this type of heating, there’s no need to keep a pair of slippers by the shower to avoid getting cold feet. As soon as you step out of the shower, a warm floor will be waiting for you!
These floor heating systems can work with almost any type of bathroom flooring. They’re also ideal if your bathroom doesn’t have a heating vent.
15. Add Technology
There are other features other than music that can enhance your bathroom.
There are a variety of options that can make you feel like you’re in a restaurant or hotel. Consider taps that turn on with infrared sensors, toilets that flush themselves when you walk away from them, or lights that turn on when you enter the room.
What about a mirror that gives you digital readouts about the temperature, or your stock values? Or can serve as a television? It may sound far-fetched, but these kinds of mirrors are already on the market.
Bathroom Renovation is an Investment
You have limited dollars when it comes to upgrading your home, so choosing bathroom remodeling is a smart choice.
Not only can it make your throne rooms more appealing to buyers down the road, but it will also make them more functional and fashionable to use now.
Make sure you’re working with an expert to do the job right, especially if there’s plumbing or electrical components involved.
Trying to do the work without experience can end up costing you more. You’ll also benefit from experience and design expertise when it comes to making the best use of your bathroom space.
There are some bathroom renovations that are definitely worth the price and can offer a high return on investment in your home value. So don’t put those upgrades off any longer!