We can all agree that your bathroom is the most functional room in your home. It’s the first place you visit when you get up and the last room you visit before going to bed. If you ever decide to buy a home, it’s one of the first rooms that you will want to check out.
Upgrading your bathroom will provide you with a much-needed quality of life improvement but it will also increase the resale value of your home as a whole. So, here are some easy and inexpensive upgrades for your bathroom that you can do on your own.
The first thing you can do to change your bathroom is to replace some hardware. A showerhead and faucet seem like the best place to start. Now, instead of just going for a different-looking alloy, you can switch to low-flow alternatives and save a fortune this way.
Next, you should replace details like hooks, towel racks, and toilet paper holders. This way, you get to further synchronize the appearance of PVC or metallic elements in your bathroom, thus making it look more in unison.
The mirror frame is a massive surface that gets a surprising amount of attention. one might even say that a mirror is the focal point of a bathroom. It’s the area that you’ll spend staring the most at so a change in a frame may have a transformative effect on the bathroom as a whole.
Changing light fixtures
Getting bulbs with a suitable wattage will prolong their useful life. You see, a bulb with too high of wattage can lead to overheating, which is an extra maintenance effort and extra expense. Also, if you’re not using LED already, now might be the time to make the switch.
If you’re concerned with visibility, it might be better to switch to a layered lighting system. This way, you’ll get optimal visibility at the vanity, while still being able to use atmospheric light as your main fixture. in other words, you get the best of both worlds.
While this may require assistance from an electrician, most of the time, it’s just about switching a bulb or two. Keep in mind that lighting structure changes the way your bathroom looks from the ground up. So, keep that in mind when planning big changes.
Get a bidet
The bidet will forever change the way you use your bathroom. First of all, it’s far more hygienic, which will make a world of difference on its own. If there are family members with disabilities in the household, this will make a drastic difference in the process of maintaining their hygiene.
Second, a bidet is incredibly eco-friendly. It can drastically reduce your need for toilet paper. Over the course of the year, this will drastically reduce your home’s paper use, thus improving your carbon footprint as a whole. Not to mention that it will reduce your water bill, as well.
Lastly, even if you don’t have room for a bidet in your bathroom, you can always consider getting a Japanese toilet bidet seat. This way, you don’t have to do the extra plumbing in the bathroom but only upgrade on the already existing features.
Hanging a new shower curtain
The simplest way to add some texture and color to your bathroom is to just buy and hang a new shower curtain. You see, a shower curtain covers a huge area of your bathroom. In a way, it’s like painting an accent wall.
One of the highest priorities, when choosing a shower curtain is to ensure that it’s mildew-resistant. This usually means getting a cloth curtain with a vinyl layer (which is an industry-standard). A shower curtain is so inexpensive that even if it catches mildew, you can just replace it.
Those who are concerned with the natural influx of light through the room can always consider getting a transparent or semi-transparent curtain. Keep in mind that the shower curtain may also affect the color of natural light passing through the bathroom. In other words, it creates an ambiance.
Add more storage
The most important thing for the functionality of your bathroom is to try and add more storage options around the place. You need more hooks, more hangers, and more drawers. Fortunately, this is both inexpensive and simple to install.
You see, your bathroom is probably one of the smallest (if not the smallest) rooms in the house. Therefore, you need to take into consideration the fact that space might be scarce and you might have to be extra creative. Use of vertical space for storage is one such idea.
Lastly, you need to use every inch available. So, if you have a drawer you need to think about the dividers. The use of boxes, cups, and other items for the micro-organization of bathroom inventory is crucial, as well.
In the end, each of the above-listed upgrades is fairly simple, inexpensive, and can be implemented in a matter of minutes, hours, or days. All you need is a plan, a budget, and some free time. With this mindset, you simply cannot fail.