Upgrade Your Rental Bathroom: 7 Budget-Friendly Tips

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Moving to a new location is thrilling, but it can also be stressful. You want to maximize the living space but don’t have a lot of money to do so.

Luckily, there are many inexpensive ways that you can make your rental feel like home—starting with the bathroom! Here are seven budget & rental friendly bathroom upgrades every renter should do after moving in:

Add Storage Solutions

If you rent, you generally don’t have the option of a complete rental bathroom makeover. However, this does not preclude the addition of storage options.

Here are some simple ideas:

1) Add shelves, baskets, and hooks. These can be hung or placed on top of existing furniture.

They’ll help keep things organized so they don’t get lost in the shuffle, which is especially crucial for toiletries like shampoo bottles and toothpaste tubes (not to mention makeup).

2) Add a towel bar, toilet paper holder, and robe hook near each sink so guests know where their towels are located for easy access after washing their hands or using the facilities themselves!

This also makes it easier for them when they leave because no one wants wet towels lying around all over the place after taking showers/baths at someone else’s house; plus, those wet spots could lead to mold growth if left unattended over time!

Upgrade the Lighting

Upgrading the lighting fixtures is another rental-friendly bathroom upgrade one can make. Keep in mind the following tips while updating fixtures in your bathroom:

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  • Choose a light fixture that will last. Many tenants are unaware of how essential it is to replace their old bathroom fixtures with ones that are modern and long-lasting. It’s not just about aesthetics – you want your new bathroom to be functional, too!
  • Choose a light fixture that is energy efficient. If you want to update, try replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs or fluorescents (which consume less electricity).
  • Install dimmer switches on any lights in the room so that you may alter their brightness depending on your mood – or if there’s someone sleeping nearby who doesn’t want bright lights glaring directly into their face all night!
  • Choose a light fixture that is easy to clean and maintain over time; this will save money in the long run by preventing mold growth inside the housing unit itself, where moisture tends to accumulate quickly due to constant humidity levels found within most rooms containing showers/bathtubs etcetera.

Deep Clean the Bathroom

After you’ve had time to settle in, deep clean the bathroom, remove all the bathroom surfaces, and clean them with vinegar and water solution.

Deep Clean the Bathroom
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Clean the floor with a steam mop, then disinfect it with bleach or another disinfectant of your choice (make sure anything you choose won’t damage your floor). Clean out cabinets, sinks, and drains as well!

Replace the Shower Curtain and Liner

Replacing your shower curtain and liner is an excellent way to update the appearance of your bathroom. It’s also one of the simplest adjustments you can make because most new curtains come with easy-to-install and remove hooks.

If you want to go all out, buy an attractive set of curtains for around $20 (or less). You can find them at most home improvement stores or online retailers like Amazon and Ikea.

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These will be more durable than a cheap dollar store option because they’re made from better materials – so they’ll last longer!

If all you need is something basic but still effective at keeping water inside the tub/shower area, then get yourself some liners instead: They often have adhesive strips on the bottom side so they stick right onto your existing curtain rod without needing any special hardware attachments (like those used by window treatments).

Use Peel-and-Stick Tile

If you rent, it’s likely that your bathroom isn’t the first area you think of when it comes to home improvements – and that’s fine!

You can still make some budget-friendly upgrades that will help make your space more comfortable and stylish. Peel-and-stick tile is one of them.

Use Peel-and-Stick Tile
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Because peel-and-stick tiles are renter-friendly bathroom tiles that are simple to install and remove, they are ideal for tenants who do not want to (or have already) made permanent changes to their rental apartment.

Plus, these tiles come in many colors and patterns, so they’ll match any decorating style or mood!

Reface the Cabinets

Refacing cabinets is a quick and easy DIY project that will be well worth your time. It’s also inexpensive since you can buy new doors and drawers separately from the rest of the cabinet (most contractors will charge extra to remove them).

The finished product will give your bathroom an updated look with minimal effort on your part!

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Refacing cabinets isn’t just for renters; homeowners should consider it if they want to increase the value of their homes without spending a lot of money.

If you’ve ever considered selling your house, refacing cabinets could be a great way to make it more attractive in today’s market – and help ensure that you get top dollar when it comes time for closing day.

Paint or Wallpaper your Walls

You’ll want to make your bathroom a relaxing and unwinding space, so why not add some color? One of the simplest ways to make your apartment seem more like home is to paint or wallpaper the walls.

While painting is always an option, it’s often not possible for renters due to time constraints and budget constraints. It takes a lot longer than wallpaper does – and with all of those boxes unpacked, who wants to spend hours painting anyway?

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That’s why we recommend using wallpaper instead! Wallpaper comes in dozens of different patterns and designs (including stripes), so you can easily find something that matches your style or looks great against whatever color scheme you choose for other rooms in the apartment.

It also adds instant warmth without requiring any time investment on your part; simply hang it up overnight, and voila! You’ve got yourself a new look!

If this sounds like something that would fit well into your schedule but still give off an airy vibe. Try adding some interest through a decorative border along one wall – It’ll help draw attention away from areas where there may be less than perfect paint job done by previous tenants while still keeping things simple enough. So as not to distract away from other parts such as light fixtures which could potentially become focal points themselves.

There are Many Inexpensive Ways to Make Your Rental Feel Like Home!

There are many inexpensive ways to make your rental feel like home. Here are some more rental-friendly bathroom upgrades to help you settle in and make the most of your available space:

  • Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty! If anything has to be repaired or replaced, don’t wait for someone else to do it; do it yourself! It may appear daunting at first, but once you get started, there’s no turning back; furthermore, you’ll save money in the long run.
  • Be creative with what you have by using accessories from other rooms around the house (e.g., towels from upstairs) or even thrift stores if needed (just make sure they’re clean). This can add personality without breaking the bank!
  • Check with the landlord before making any changes so there aren’t any surprises later down the road when trying to move out because they weren’t happy about how much work was done without permission firsthand.

Final Words

It can be difficult to make your apartment feel like home if you are a renter. However, there are numerous simple changes you can make to convert your apartment into something like a home without breaking the bank or undergoing major renovations.

These seven rental-friendly bathroom upgrades can all be done with a small amount and minimal effort – so even if you’re short on time or money, they’re worth doing!

Read Also: Best Ways To Fund Your Home Improvement Project