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How much does it cost to renovate a bathroom in the UK?

Posted by Rebecca Doody in Room planning | 2 years ago 4 min read


One look on Pinterest and Instagram will tell you that there are as many types of bathrooms as there are houses. With bathrooms being furnished in all sorts of different ways using marble, satin, acrylic, wood flooring, tiling and appliances, deciding how to budget for your bathroom before actually shopping for it has always been difficult. Bathroom installation costs vary according to your choices, so make sure you research the bathroom suite and bathroom fitters before you begin.

If you don’t portion and budget for a bathroom replacement or new bathroom installation, it becomes impossible to plan your savings around such a goal. Alongside this, it’s quite difficult to even get started on planning renovation works and old bathroom removal without a timescale in mind.

In this article, we cover a rough breakdown based on what usually goes into a typical bathroom. It is crucial to look at everything from the taps, vanity units, shower head, shower and bathtub, to the accessories and furniture. If you're looking to build a bathroom suite from scratch, bathroom installation costs and bathroom removal costs must be taken into account before you begin the process. A new bathroom can be expensive, but you don't have to break the bank to enhance your existing space.

Prices vary based on where you live so you can expect to pay between a certain range depending on the bathroom layout, material cost, plumbing work and whether or not you are having a complete bathroom refurbishment.

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Installation costs

When talking about the installation of your new bathroom suite, it’s important to discuss not just the pricing of the new bathroom. You should also look at the miscellaneous costs such as moving, tipping, cost to install and also time invested. As you’ll have to be home to supervise tradespeople, it’s imperative that you take this time into consideration since you’ll most likely have to rearrange work or other commitments to fit time in. These other costs and associated costs are just as important as bathroom costs. If you want a luxury bathroom, you have to factor in bathroom ideas to save money.

Toilet installation

Toilets may cost around an average of £300 to £450 depending on who you call and where you look. They take anywhere between 2 to 3 hours to install, so you may want to plan for this to be done early in the day. Toilet cost will differ based on what you have selected.

When it comes to installation procedures, always ask how much does it cost in total? Have a look and see if there are any installation packages available as this may work out as cheaper overall when it comes to bathroom cost and the price of bathroom fitters. Bathroom renovations often include removing the old bathroom suite or putting in an en suite bathroom in a room that was previously not used in the same way.

For an en suite bathroom plus toilet price, opt for a stylish shower enclosure or wet room to give your space that luxury bathroom feel. Installing an electric shower is totally different from putting in a downstairs toilet so bear this in mind. Existing layout, electrical work, waste disposal and bathroom removal costs must be factored in when having the bathroom installed.

Bathtub installation

Bathtubs can cost a variety of prices depending on your chosen items. It can take up to 5 hours to install and if you don't live on the ground floor or have a small bathroom, you have to calculate how and when it is possible to get a bathtub in. The bath cost is reliant on the style and size you have chosen. A like-for-like suite may not be the same price due to inflation.

Shower and shower tray installation

Bathroom installation costs with a shower and shower tray will also vary in price and time. It can be expensive because compared to bathtubs, a shower enclosure requires intricate plumbing beneath layers of tiles and plaster. It is usually left to more experienced plumbers and bathroom fitters in a team to complete this job. The bathroom cost will ultimately be more if you opt for a power shower or even a basic electric shower.

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Average costs of tiling depend on the size of the standard bathroom and the number of tiles. Consider how big a bathroom you will have, and whilst this will most probably not be your biggest expense, it’s still something. A small bathroom will obviously be cheaper to tile, so factor this into the new bathroom cost. Bathroom tiles can enhance your space.

Bathroom cabinet/vanity unit

A bathroom vanity unit is a great addition to your space, especially in a compact en suite. If chosen, you must also account for the pedestal basin and bathroom taps cost, which will bring the total price of the unit up. Most of the time, once your plumbing, wiring and plastering are fixed, you can sort the vanity unit or cabinet easily.

Find out how to install a bathroom vanity unit

Bathroom ceiling light

A light is important in a new bathroom installation. You may want to keep the previous light in place until the old bathroom has been removed in case you need it to see. The cost to install a new light as part of the bathroom renovation should be fairly minimal in comparison to things like shower cost.

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How much to remodel a bathroom?

Now we've looked at the various individual tasks, it's time to answer the big question that's on everybody's lips: "How much does it cost to remodel a bathroom?". According to our survey of bathroom installers up and down the UK, the average cost to remodel a bathroom is just under £10,000. This figure is based on an average-sized bathroom and includes everything, including the cost of your new products and total labour costs. However, as you can imagine, this figure is merely a guide and can vary significantly in relation to the scope of work, the type of products you choose and even your geographical location.

For the most up-to-date information, check out our in-depth guide on new bathroom costs.


There are many pointers to take into consideration when budgeting for your next bathroom and bathroom installation. The new bathroom or en suite, symbolically speaking, is such an important space so it deserves to be splurged on. As long as you’re spending within your means, you can treat your bathroom with good materials. Although the installation costs for the standard bathroom suite are hefty, hopefully you won't need to replace anything down the line. UK average costs are rising everywhere in every sector, so please be aware of this when thinking about replacing your current bathroom and plumbing services. If there is minimal redesign work, it may be cheaper than the overall cost of a standard bathroom upgrade.

In general, you should expect bathroom renovation to take anywhere between 6 to 8 working days, so be prepared for plenty of upheaval or find somewhere else to stay for the duration. For more information, read our article on how long it takes to refurbish a bathroom.

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Author, Rebecca Doody

Posted by Rebecca Doody in Room planning | 2 years ago

Originally from Somerset, Rebecca is our resident copywriter who takes care of all things product related. Rebecca loves the modern interior style with both neutral and bold influences to create a statement look.

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