Save Vs. Splurge: How to Update Your Bathroom on a Budget

If you’re looking to remodel your bathroom but don’t want to break the bank, here are some tips on where to splurge and where to save. By making smart design choices, you can ensure you have a beautiful and functional bathroom without spending more than you can afford.


Standard ceramic or porcelain floor tiles are practical and relatively inexpensive, so you can save on flooring with a product that’s waterproof and slip-resistant. However, if you have room in your budget for it, in-floor heating is a design feature you’ll be sure to appreciate. This increasingly popular bathroom feature adds an element of luxury and ensures comfort in an otherwise chilly space.


Less is more when it comes to ornate bathroom tiles. They’re expensive and overwhelming when used in excess. Instead, choose a simple, low-cost porcelain tile for most of the space and concentrate your efforts — and money — on a mosaic vanity backsplash, an ornate border tile or an accent shower wall.


You could save on countertops by opting for a laminate product that mimics the look of real stone. However, laminate countertops can’t be repaired if they get scratched and they’re harder to clean than quartz or marble. The durability and elegance of real stone countertops make them a worthwhile investment and an appealing focal point in your bathroom.


Given that the cabinets in your bathroom are used on a daily basis, you’ll definitely want to invest in durable, high quality materials. Wood is attractive and more resistant to moisture than particle board. Don’t forget to consider your storage needs and invest in sufficient cabinetry to avoid countertop clutter.


When it comes to plumbing fixtures, high-quality products are worth the extra money. They last longer and tend operate more efficiently. You can save, however, by choosing a chrome finish for your faucets. If affordability is a concern, reconsider a double-sink vanity in favour of a single fixture that will last longer.

Tub and Shower

If you only use your bathtub on occasion, consider a simple soaker tub or no tub at all. Avoid spending too much on a fancy rain shower head and body jets but splurge on a frameless glass shower door. In addition to making the space feel airy, it requires less caulking and reduces the risk of leaks and mould.

Visit Our Countertop Showroom in Edmonton

PF Custom Countertops is one of the leading manufacturers of bathroom and kitchen countertops in Edmonton. We offer a wide selection of stone, laminate and solid surface countertops to suit every taste and budget. We also sell a range of sinks and faucets at competitive prices. For more information, drop by our Edmonton showroom or contact us today.

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