How much does a new bathroom cost in the UK?

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£1,500 - £7,500

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£1,500

median

£4,500

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£7,500

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Whether you’re renting, buying or selling, a property’s bathroom can be a bit of a deal-breaker. A beautiful bathroom can feel like an oasis, but a shoddy shower or busted basin can put you off. If your loo is looking worse for wear, it might be time to consider a bathroom renovation. But how much does a new bathroom cost in the UK?

The average cost of a new bathroom ranges from £1,500 to £7,500, with an average of £4,500. When you’re fixing your bathroom, costs can increase quickly, especially if you’re looking for a bit of luxury or your build requires serious electrical or plumbing work. This guide will help you set the right budget.

New bathroom price list

The average cost of a new bathroom in the UK depends on what you’d like to change, but expect to pay £250 if you need to demolish your current one first. To help plan your budget, we’ve prepared an itemised list of new bathroom costs in the UK:

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Item to be installed

Estimated cost 

Standard toilet

£320 - £350

Standard bath 

£250 - £400

Standard shower

£350 - £600

Shower enclosure and tray

£500 - £530

Standard basin

£100 - £200

Bathroom cabinet

£70 - £90

Whirlpool bath

£690 - £720

Waterproof TV

£380 - £410

Heated towel rail

£330 - £360

Underfloor heating

£260 - £290

Factors affecting the average cost of new bathrooms

Does a new toilet tickle your fancy? Or perhaps you just need a simple shower replacement? When it comes to cost, the scale of your plans will be reflected in your prices. Your main costs will come down to:

  • Materials – Your bath, shower, washbasin or lavatory 

  • Labour – Installation, electrical, or plumbing

  • Removal – Getting rid of old fittings, tiling, or other items you might want to replace, including taps, rails, and sealant

Below, we'll walk you through what determines bathroom installation costs.

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1. Project scope

How much does it cost to build a new bathroom? It depends on what you want. Are you planning on ripping everything out and starting over? Or are you just replacing a few bits to give it an update? The extent of your renovation will impact your expenses. 


2. Bathroom size and shape

The bigger the bathroom, the more it will cost. When you have more space to cover, things like painting bathroom walls, adding floor tiles, and removing old materials can add up. If your bathroom has an unusual shape that makes it harder to access parts, it might cost a bit more as well. Complicated shapes require labour, and hiring specialists will often up your spending.

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3. Your location

If you live in London, expect new bathroom costs to increase by 10-20% (compared to the rest of the UK). Labour typically costs more in London, which will impact the cost of a new bathroom. You might also face extra charges if you live in a remote location, as it will be more challenging to get supplies to your home.


4. Extra labour

There’s more to your renovation than basins and tiles, and any electrical and plumbing work will often cost you more. Electrical work can include shaving sockets, new lighting, or a new extractor fan. If you have to alter existing circuits, you might need to notify your local building control officer. You can expect to pay around £300 for most standard electrical work and about £700 for plumbing.

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5. Basic or luxury bathroom items

Bathroom items come in a variety of styles and specifications, which also means a vast price range. While you can pick up a basic toilet for £50, a high-tech toilet with a seat warmer might set you back thousands. There is no limit on cost when it comes to super-luxe bathrooms, but the average spend is £500 to £2,000.

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Additional expenses when renovating bathrooms

Putting together the perfect bathroom can require additional work. To help prevent surprise spending, we’ve put together a list of bathroom renovation costs: 

Item/service

Estimated cost

Installing extractor fans

£290 - £320

Electrical work

£300

Ceiling light

£130 - £180

Wall tiling

£850 - £950 

Vinyl flooring

£250 - £950

Plastering

£60 - £70

Plumbing

£700 - £900

Minimising new bathroom costs

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Decide on a budget upfront

The number one way to reduce new bathroom costs in the UK is to pick materials and items that you really need. There can be a massive difference between a basic suite (bath, shower, washbasin, and toilet) and luxury or bespoke items. It’s best to pick bathroom accessories within your price range.


Choose a simple design

Another way to save is to avoid unnecessary complications. This might include keeping original plumbing and electrical points, which can save you money on those services. It also helps to choose a design that uses pre-loved or upcycled parts. If you need help figuring out what you need, hire someone to design a bathroom that’s within your budget but fits your style.


Get multiple quotes

Having extra options always helps, so it’s worth asking for a few quotes from bathroom renovation experts in your area and choosing a deal that suits your budget.

Post a task for bathroom renovation

Do you feel like freshening up your existing bathroom? Now that you're familiar with the cost of adding a bathroom in the UK, you can finally post a task. Whether you need a new bathroom suite or a tweak of your taps, Taskers can complete the job well for you. After you fill out the request form, be sure to review their profiles or previous client reviews so that you can pick the best professional for your bathroom renovation project. 

Price guide

£1,500 - £7,500

low

£1,500

median

£4,500

high

£7,500

Low, median and high bar chart distribuiton

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On average, bathroom installation takes five to 10 days. This can vary between different jobs, so it’s best to get a quote based on your renovation plans.

You can renovate your bathroom at any time throughout the year. In terms of saving money, September is the cheapest time to fit a new bathroom. At this time of year, kids usually are back at school, and many people have just returned from the summer holidays, meaning they have less cash to splash on home projects. Taking advantage of this could help you reduce labour costs by up to 10%.

This decision will depend on your renovation plans and motivations. Are you looking to add value to the property? Consider replacing a bath with a shower in a secondary bathroom since baths generally don’t add much property value. But a tub in the primary bathroom can be attractive to buyers. If this is your forever home and you never use the bath, it's probably worth getting rid of it. A shower can help reduce your water bill in the long run, too!

On average, bathroom installation takes five to 10 days. This can vary between different jobs, so it’s best to get a quote based on your renovation plans.

This decision will depend on your renovation plans and motivations. Are you looking to add value to the property? Consider replacing a bath with a shower in a secondary bathroom since baths generally don’t add much property value. But a tub in the primary bathroom can be attractive to buyers. If this is your forever home and you never use the bath, it's probably worth getting rid of it. A shower can help reduce your water bill in the long run, too!

You can renovate your bathroom at any time throughout the year. In terms of saving money, September is the cheapest time to fit a new bathroom. At this time of year, kids usually are back at school, and many people have just returned from the summer holidays, meaning they have less cash to splash on home projects. Taking advantage of this could help you reduce labour costs by up to 10%.

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