When you are remodeling a small bathroom, you need to make sure that your costs are always in the forefront of your mind.
Disabled bathrooms should have several grab bars placed at strategic locations. One should be placed near the toilet, one near the sink, and one near the bathtub or shower. And don’t think grab bars have to be ugly, either. Grab bars are available in several materials and finishes, including bronze, brass, and nickel, and they can be screwed into the wall or applied with strong suction cups. You need to be aware that the suction-type grab bars are not as strong as the type that screws into the wall. They’re more for steadying than for pulling up with. These are fine for placing along walls, but it’s best to use the screw-in bars near the toilet, sink, and tub or shower.
So where can you save? Light fixtures tend to perform the same across most price points—it’s the high design that costs more. You might also find that opting for a basic finish on faucets and fixtures saves you hundreds of dollars without compromising quality. And you definitely don’t need to blow your budget on a luxury toilet, like Kohler’s $6,390 Numi , with its motion-activated lid and built-in bidet. Those are cool features, but toilets costing as little as $300 delivered the best flush in our tests.
Pick all the bathroom accessories carefully. Bathroom gadgets made of natural materials, such as wood bathmats and seashell soap dishes, tend to lend a spa-like atmosphere more than plastic or ceramic products do. Try to buy hair and skin products of high quality that come in stylish containers. Store your bath salt in cute little glass jars and line them up nicely. Place a vase of fresh flowers in a corner to generate a lively vibe. And if space allows, put a chair or stool somewhere in the room. You may want to sit on it while soaking your feet in a foot massage tub, so make sure it’s a comfortable chair.
Bathroom sinks and vanities make a real statement. They have the ability to set the tone, so to speak, for your entire bathroom. Before any bathroom remodeling, carefully consider the type of design you want. After doing so, browse models of bathroom sinks and vanities and do your bathroom remodeling around the type of bathroom sink or cabinet you select.