Whether you’re sharing a bathroom with the whole house, your partner, or just your housemate, things can get cramped. If your bathroom feels small, cluttered, and uncomfortable but you don’t have a lot of cash to fix it, there are some great ways to update, renovate, refresh, and revive your bathroom for under R1500 – that’s a bargain for a better, bigger bathroom.
A Good Cleaning
The first suggestion for adding space to your bathroom is a good cleaning out. Most people clean their bathrooms often but never really get down and dirty, de-cluttering and getting rid of unnecessary space hogs. This could be a big part of your problem and even if it isn’t, a thorough cleaning will prepare the room for your next steps.
Get Out the Paintbrushes
A new coat of paint can do wonders for any bathroom. Painting the room yourself will save money versus hiring a painter. Take the weekend off to clear, clean, and paint your bathroom. You’ll feel like a new person, and so will your room.
The best idea is to choose neutral colours and white features, which add light and the illusion of space in a small or busy bathroom. Bold colours might seem fun and exciting but can emphasise a small space that already feels cramped. And don’t forget about the ceiling. If it’s dark and dingy, it’ll pull the whole bathroom down with it. A fresh coat of light, neutral paint will fix that too.
Buy a Mirror
Mirrors add a huge amount of visual space to a bathroom and also serve a functional purpose. If the mirror over your sink is small, consider replacing it with something that fills the wall. Your bathroom will instantly look bigger. A decent mirror should definitely fall under your R1500 budget, but if you want to save even more money, install the mirror yourself.
It may seem like an obvious idea, but when you get used to a room you can be blind to its possibilities. Additional shelves can turn wasted vertical space into brilliant usefulness. Shelves eliminate the clutter on ground level and free up surface area and floor space. Filling those shelves is also a great time to de-clutter and get organised, maximising space from top to bottom.