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Last year I posted about the lessons I learned from fitting my own kitchen. I also fitted my own bathroom in my previous home! If I can do it anyone can – you just need patience! Here’s the lessons I learned from this one:

  1. Plan the job first! Break it down into small tasks, and think about whether you need to keep your bathroom in use or if you can afford for it to be out of commission. If there are electrics involved e.g. lighting, fitting a shower, consult an electrician/plumber as appropriate and agree at what stages in the project they will come and do their thing. Again if you need help for any jobs, such as lifting a bath into place, plan for the support when you need it.

    The bathroom ‘before’ complete with autumn gold suite!
  2. Dispose of your old bathroom on Freecycle or similar! That’s what I did, and it meant the whole thing got collected from my driveway for free and didn’t end up as landfill.
  3. Think about what new layout works for you, your lifestyle and your budget. I had a separate toilet and bathroom and opted to keep them that way, for reasons of practicality (as it was the only toilet in the house) and cost.
  4. Not all fixtures and fittings are created equal. In my experience, the budget end of the range from any diy store is great for things like porcelainware – the sink and toilet. Mine came from Homebase. However the taps and bath are worth spending a bit more on. I returned the first set of taps I bought as they did look cheap and upgraded!

    The completed toilet – small but bright and functional!
  5. If you’re getting fittings delivered – check them straight away. It’s not unusual for porcelain to be chipped or tiles damaged, and much easier to resolve if you highlight any damage to the supplier immediately.
  6. Your water pressure will dictate which taps are suitable. I originally fitted a really snazzy mixer tap with shower attachment on the bath.  As soon as I turned the water on, I realised having one tap instead of two meant the bath would take hours to fill. So I had a rapid rethink. Next time I’ll do a bit more research on what my water pressure is and what fittings suit it before going shopping.
  7. Tiles are an area where budget works fine, just choose what you like! Mine were a basic Wickes range which are no longer available. These are similar beige tiles. DON’T forget to buy extra to allow for wastage and replacements in future. Tile ranges may no longer be available at the point you break some or decide you’d like another row of tiling, or to replace the ones you drilled into for old fittings etc. DO invest in an electric tile cutter, especially if you have any shapes to cut. This is similar to mine: Plasplugs tile cutter

    The completed bathroom
  8. Consider floor height, sub-floorings and door clearance when choosing the flooring. I was going to go for ceramic floor tiling. When I realised how painful it would be to cut down skirting boards and the door to allow for the floor I had a rethink! Vinyl tiles are really easy for the DIY novice to lay. The grey slate effect ones I used are no longer available but these black vinyl slate tiles are similar.
  9. Plan your storage and make use of the smallest places. In my small bathroom, I managed to create full height storage by using two slimline mirror fronted wall cabinets, placed on top of each other. They aren’t available any more, but this mirrored cabinet is similar to the effect I created. If it’s too wide then look for a slimline version like this one.
  10. Fit a lot of lighting! I used bathroom suitable recessed spotlights. If I had a larger bathroom I would consider some more statement lighting like a bathroom suitable chandelier.
  11. Use a towel radiator if at all possible. It’s so nice being able to warm the room and your towels! Towel radiators come in all shapes and sizes now so can be fit into the smallest spaces. Mine was only about 30cm wide and fit neatly into the space between the door and boiler cupboard. Ebay has every size and shape possible, here’s a radiator search.


My Slimline Bathroom Radiator

My bathroom probably took a month to complete, with the tiling being the most time-consuming aspect. Here’s a reminder of before and after:

The bathroom – 1980s autumn gold to modern white, chrome, slate and limestone

That’s my top tips! Do they help you? What did you learn from your current bathroom choices?

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