Do you ever find yourself sitting in the tub, attempting to have a relaxing soak but distracted by the unsatisfactory state of your bathroom?

Maybe it’s the mildew you can’t seem to get rid of no matter how hard you scrub. Or the old-fashioned light fixtures you’ve never got round to replacing.  Perhaps it’s the impractical layout that you long to fix.


Whether it’s big or small, if your bathroom is driving you to distraction and you’ve decided to overhaul the space. there are certain key factors you need to consider before you start.

Tips for installing a new bathroom

We asked interiors experts for their best bathroom renovation advice…

1. Layout is crucial

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“To start, I’d make a list of all the things that you love about your bathroom and all the things that drive you slightly potty,” says Steph Briggs, interior designer and co-founder of La Di Da Interiors, then decide if you can make better use of the space with a different layout. “Most pieces are relatively easy for a plumber to reposition, with the exception of the toilet, which is a little trickier due to the soil pipe.”

Brenna Ryan, bathroom and interior design expert from Victorian Plumbing, says: “Be sure to record accurate measurements before purchasing anything – there’s nothing more annoying than fixtures that don’t fit. To give the illusion of more space, go for hanging vanity units and take advantage of wall studs and storage cabinets to save floor space.”

2. Stick to your budget

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“It’s really easy to get carried away with a bathroom renovation,” says Briggs, which is why you must agree on a budget and stick to it. “If you can’t afford to do it all at once, or the budget required is bigger than you currently have, see where you can cut corners for an interim solution,” for example, having a cheaper vinyl floor and purchasing tiling at a later date.

3. Invest in key fittings

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Both of our experts agree that some fittings are more important than others.

“Taps are expensive, but are to bathrooms what jewellery is to an outfit,” Briggs says. “Buy the best you can afford – a good quality, good looking tap will make a less expensive white suite look and feel more luxe.”

Ryan says sturdy flooring is essential: ‘’Well-sealed and hard-wearing floors are key to ensuring the longevity of your bathroom renovation. Opt for water-resistant and durable flooring. Ceramic, marble and stone are a great choice.’’

4. Don’t overcomplicate the decor

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“With bathroom decor, simplicity is best,” says Ryan, who recommends using sites like Pinterest to gather inspiration. “Choose a colour palette and accessorise with different tones and patterns from that palette, to create an impactful yet harmonious space.”

5. Use lighting to create atmosphere

Use good lighting when installing a new bathroom

Lighting may be one of the last aspects you consider, but it can make a big difference, Ryan says: “Consider recessed light fixtures throughout your ceiling to brighten up the space, and include one or two in your shower. A dimmer switch is also a great investment, so you can adjust the mood in your bathroom.”

6. Choose reliable tradespeople

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Thorough research is important when deciding on tradespeople to carry out the renovation.

“Plumbers – like other trades – will have their own areas of speciality; do they do bathroom refits regularly?” asks Ryan. “Can they show a portfolio of work they’ve completed before? Can you speak to the homeowners and get references?”

In terms of fixtures and fittings, she recommends: “Set clear boundaries of who is responsible for sourcing what – how much do you want to be involved? Would you rather outsource the whole project or manage it?”

And finally, don’t underestimate how long the renovation may take. Ryan adds: “Most homeowners are shocked when I say how long we need to wait for the right trades to be available – three to six months is not uncommon, but it depends on where you live. I would be wary of any tradesperson that can be available immediately!”

Best-selling bathroom cabinets

Stuck for inspiration? Check out our list of best-selling Amazon products!

Bestseller No. 1
EMKE Bathroom Mirror Cabinet Double Door - Wall Mounted Bathroom Cabinet Storage Cupboard with...
  • [SPACE SAVING & ADJUSTABLE SHELVES] EMKE bathroom mirror cabinet helps you make full use of the dimensional space in your room, easily and neatly sorted, such as razors, personal care products,...
  • [MULTIFUNCTIONAL & EASY TO USE] The mirror cabinet can be perfectly used in kitchen, bedroom, living room and small space to organized your sundries and other objects. It can be assembled on the wall...
  • [PRACTICAL MIRROR DOOR] A mirror is additioned on the door, so you don't need to buy an extra one, making it space and cost-saving. This exquisite mirror guarantees a clear image and perfect...
SaleBestseller No. 2
Bath Vida Priano Bathroom Cabinet Single Wall Mounted Storage Cupboard Shelf, White
  • The Priano Wall Cabinet is a sleek and stylish addition to any bathroom. With its modern design and white finish, it adds a touch of elegance to your space while also providing a practical storage...
  • The cabinet features a smooth groove door with a handle, opening to reveal an inner shelf that provides ample storage space for all your bathroom essentials, from toiletries to cleaning supplies.
  • The Priano Wall Cabinet comes with a stylish and sleek design, making it an ideal addition to any bathroom decor. Its minimalist style and clean lines create a sophisticated look that complements any...
Bestseller No. 3
Taylor & Brown Double Door Mirrored Bathroom Cabinet Storage Cupboard Organiser Wall Mounted Mirror...
  • STYLISH DESIGN - Incredibly compact this bathroom storage unit is designed to mix function with style perfect for any bathroom.
  • TWO MIRRORED DOORS: Great for doing makeup and shaving. Saves space for placing another mirror in your bathroom.
  • EASY TO BUILD - Supplied with easy to follow instructions, this slimline bathroom storage will take you very little time to build this piece of flat-pack furniture.
SaleBestseller No. 4
VASAGLE LHC40W, Bathroom Cabinet with 4 Drawers, Chest of Drawers, 30 x 30 x 82 cm, for a living...
  • [Roomy yet Space-Saving] This 30 x 30 x 82 cm bathroom cabinet with 4 drawers occupies little floor space yet offers plenty of storage for your bathroom items like toilet paper and perfume
  • [Suitable for Various Spaces] Beyond the bathroom, this storage unit works equally well in the living room to organise CDs and photo albums, in the dining room to store glassware, or in the kitchen to...
  • [Go-with-Everything Style] The all-white look of this bathroom storage cabinet can easily blend in with various interior design styles, topping off the look of your home with a pop of style
Bestseller No. 5
Quavikey® Bathroom Mirror Cabinet with Lights and Shaver Socket 2 Doors Grey LED Medicine Cabinet...
  • Dual Plug Shaver Socket: Conveniently accommodates two small power appliances simultaneously, featuring an isolation transformer for noise reduction and safe use.
  • Anti Fog: The separate fogging function prevents the bathroom mirror from fogging up and ensures that you can always see clearly when putting on make-up or changing clothes, and the IP44 waterproof...
  • Adjustable Storage Space: You can adjust the interior of the cabinet to your daily needs by moving the 2 sliding shelves, making it perfect for storing all your bathroom essentials.

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