The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the home and upgrading from an old-tired suite to a shiny new one can add thousands to the value of the property.
Buy how much does it cost to replace a bathroom?
What options are there and how much does a “fully fitted” bathroom cost? By that, we mean the suite itself, all floor and walls tiles as well as optional extras such as a power shower.
Explore our bathroom price guide on this page and you’ll soon discover the cost for:
- Ripping out and replacing a bath, sink and toilet.
- Power shower options and prices.
- Timeframes – how long the work should take.
- A detailed example price for a new bathroom in a 3-bed house.
- 6 ways you can reduce costs (this is a real money saver).
- Websites where you can get a second opinion.
- Places where you can get ideas and inspiration.
A Quick Look at Your Options:
Below you can see a “supply only” guide price for the key components of a bathroom.
Obviously, every bathroom installation is different but we feel this would be a great starting point.
Keep reading to see how much it costs to supply and install all of these in a new bathroom to a typical 3-bed house.
Bath tubs are manufactured in various shapes and sizes and from various materials. The cheapest are rectangular baths made from thin acrylic, expect these to cost around £100, but they are often sold with a matching basin and toilet as part of a suite.
While acrylic bathtubs can be strong and sturdy, the low budget range ones are almost always thin, flexible and squeaky.
Steel baths, even at the lower budget range are far more sturdy.
Cast iron baths are by far the most preferable but the cost is considerably more than most acrylic products.
Budget range acrylic – £100
Typical acrylic – £300
Steel – from £150
Cast iron – from £750
Cheap pedestal basins can be purchased for around £60 and are usually made from ceramic. Semi pedestal or a wall hung basin will cost slightly more but would be preferable in some bathrooms where floor space is limited.
Budget range – £60
Average price – £100
High quality – £400+
These can cost from £60 but for a better quality system, you should expect to pay around £200. These are for floor-mounted toilets, expect to pay more for a wall-mounted system that neatly hides the pipework and water tank behind a wall.
Budget range – £60
Average price – £150
High quality £250+
Showers – Manual, Power and Electric
The cheapest type of shower is a manual one that is attached to the mixer tap on the bath, unfortunately, these are useless if you have poor water pressure (read how I solved low water pressure issues here) and achieving the best temperature is awkward at best.
Thermostatic showers are similar to mixer tap showers but allow for more accurate control over the temperature.
Power showers cost more and require a pump but aren’t compatible with most combi boilers.
Electric – from £60
Manual – from £40
Thermostatic – from £130
Digital and multi-jet showers – from £300
Shower Screens and Enclosures
These are attached to the side of the bath and provide a glass splash screen. You have several options, fixed size, sliding or folding.
The cheapest fixed size screen will set you back around £75 while a mid-range sliding screen costs from £200.
Enclosures are free standing shower units and are separate from the bath. Framed enclosures cost from £175 but for a mid-quality frameless product, expect to pay around £400
Taps can be very cheap but at the top of the range, you can expect to pay hundreds, it all depends on your tastes.
You can buy these individually but better to purchase a matching set for both the bath and basin.
Budget range bath and basin set – from £65
Typical mid-quality tap set – £200
Wall and Floor Tiles
Vinyl flooring is by far the cheapest option but as the floor space in most bathrooms is only a few square metres, tiles won’t cost too much more to purchase, although they will take longer and cost more to fit.
Budget range floor tiles, inc adhesive, grout and new ply underneath – £25 per square metre
Typical mid-quality price, inc adhesive, grout and new ply – £50 per square metre
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Cost to Replace a Bathroom
Below is our guide price for a new bathroom in a typical 3-bed house.
This would make a great checklist for your project.
- Remove the existing bath, basin, toilet, wall/floor tiles, radiator, mirror and towel rail.
- Install new bath, pedestal basin and toilet.
- Install new taps, electric shower and glass sliding shower screen.
- Lay new floor tiles onto new ply underboard.
- Secure new wall tiles in place and grout.
- Connect a new chrome vertical towel rail/radiator.
- Fit a new mirror, medicine cabinet and shelving unit to a wall.
- Fit a new extractor fan.
- Paint the ceiling, door and skirting boards.
- Dispose of all waste.
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Breakdown of the Price
Here is a detailed breakdown of the price for a mid-range bathroom:
Tap set – £100
Electric shower – £125
Glass sliding screen – £125
Wall cabinet, shelving unit and mirror – £175
Chrome radiator/towel rail – £75
Floor tiles – £250
Wall tiles -£750
Grout, ply and plasterboard as required – £50
New light and corded switch and extractor fan – £75
Paint – £50
Labour – £1000
Profit – £600
VAT – £785
New Bathroom Cost: £4700
We calculated this figure from published bathroom installation prices in 2021.
6 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Your Bathroom Installation
The prices on this page are just a suggestion, based on our experience and preferences.
We feel that the best place to invest a home improvement budget is in the kitchen and bathroom, two places where you can get a return on your investment should the house be sold.
It’s worth noting that everyone’s tastes are different and what one person considers to be expensive, another may find affordable.
If you are on a tight budget then here are a few things you can do to keep a lid on your costs:
- choose a business that is earning below the vat registration threshold and save yourself a packet. As you can see from the data on this page, vat accounts for a considerable amount of the total cost. Don’t forget; you’ll still need to pay vat on the materials you purchase but not on the labour.
- buy the materials yourself if you are confident in purchasing the correct parts and sizes. Installers will always apply a “mark-up” to any materials they supply, so keep a lid on costs by purchasing the materials yourself.
- dispose of the waste yourself at the local council yard if possible. Businesses must pay to dispose of waste and mixed waste is very expensive as it’s difficult and time-consuming to separate and recycle. A bath, toilet, sink, tiles and pipework could easily weigh a tonne so save yourself the cost of skip hire and dispose of it yourself.
- buy products that form part of a collection – many retailers and bathroom stockists will sell the products as part of a package, you could get a shower, screen, bath, toilet, basin, mirrors, shelves and towel rails as part of a combination package at a fraction of the price you’d pay if purchased separately.
- give your installer a reason to give you a discount – this tip works well with smaller, local installers. Make your installer an offer; in return for a discount off the quoted price, you’ll allow your installation to be used as a showroom for any potential clients your installer may have in the next 6 months. You agree to let them have a peek at your bathroom installation in return for a discount. This is a great way to nip a few hundred off your bill and your installer will be doing his neatest work if it’s to be shown to potential clients.
- floor and wall tiles are expensive so only use them where needed. You can save money by installing a vinyl floor product instead of floor tiles. Walls can be only part-tiled with the rest painted.
How Much do Others Think a Bathroom Will Cost?
We’ve done plenty of research into how much a bathroom will cost and have provided a breakdown of all the separate materials needed and how much they will cost to purchase and install.
If you want a second opinion, try one of these sites:
The Big Bathroom Shop has a blog where they suggest a price for a replacement bathroom.
Quotation Check has produced an average bathroom price based on quotes from bathroom fitters in the UK.
See What Bathroom Prices Other Visitors to This Site Have Been Given
Below you can what prices others have been given for a new bathroom suite:
|Mike Thurston (Hampshire)||New bathroom suite and shower screen and floor tiles but leaving the existing wall tiles in place. (2020)||£3750|
|Steve W (Sussex)||Three piece bathroom suite, cabinet, shelves, flooring and walling tiles and an electric shower with a booster pump. Three-bed home. (2020)||£5250|
|Kevin (Sutton in Ashfield)||Water leak under bath. Waste leak. Hot t connection to tap leak|
Hot water tap on bath loose and leaking .
40mm waste from bath out
35mm waste from sink out
Overflow out new toilet system
All 4 taps shut off valves and 4 flexible pipes to taps 15mm , 2x 15mm to 22mm connectors . Shower stop cock. Pipe, 90' and T connections , pipe clips, New sink plug, flux, solder, gas torch and gas, pipe cutter, tap spanner,
35mm to 40mm reducer ,2x 40mm 90s pushfit, the tee to connect bath , 40mm waste pipe x3
Used the original sink and bath tub connection to the waste
2019 parts so far 600.00
Cabinet for sink 85.00 upwards
Taps from 20.00 pair
3 days so far
150.00 upwards new shower ( electric )
500.00 suite upwards
30.00 square mtr tiles ( supply only) walls
This is expensive (2019)
|Tricia (Marple, Cheshire)||Small en-suite, fit new shower tray and enclosure, sink and drawers. Fit towel rail, extractor fan and replace ceiling. Put in leds. Plastering and fully tile walls and floor. Had 2 quotes 6,500.00 and 5,500.00. (2019)||£5500/£6500|
|Dave (Weston)||Gutting and removal old suite and of waste from a standard bathroom, reinstalling new suite (mid range), fully tiled all walls (2018)||£4500|
|Heather S (Norfolk)||I purchased the bathroom and installed it myself, I also got the tiles but paid a tiler to fix them to the walls and floor. 2 bedroom house.|
|Darren (Derby)||bathroom suite to my 3 bed house, including tiling to floor and part tilling to walls. (2017)||£2850|
|Daniel (York)||Large ish bathroom with shower unit, bath, loo, sink and slate tiles to floor and walls. (2017)||£3500|
|Nasseem (Preston)||Two prices so far for a complete bathroom in a 2 bedroom flat. I'm on a tight budget as this will be a rental property. (2017)||£1500 and £1750|
You can add your own figures here.
Try Our Budgeting Spreadsheet
We have created a very handy budgeting spreadsheet for bathrooms.
This spreadsheet can be used by both DIYers and those wanting to bring in tradespeople.
Are You in Need of Some Inspiration?
There are so many different materials to choose from that there’s an almost endless amount of combinations you could create.
As regular visitors to this website know all too well, we are fans of Pinterest – the image sharing website.
If you haven’t done so already, check these great bathroom collections:
Homify is also a great place to get ideas, inspiration and styling tips: Homify bathroom ideas.
Get a Bathroom Price Online
We have provided an example bathroom cost that is based on our personal preferences, but to get your own quote that meets your specifications tap the link below and see how we can help:
We are not affiliated with any of the businesses below but have purchased from them before and are happy to recommend them:
- Victoria Plum produce good quality products and we have never had issue with them
- Topps Tiles hold a wide variety of tiles at varying prices and are usually our first port of call.
- B&Q stock a variety of bathroom suites and accessories and the larger stores are a great place to get ideas even if you don't purchase from them
- Here is one to avoid -Bathstore. Although we haven't dealt with them ourselves we know several people who have had issues with their customer service so we suggest you read the reviews online before using this company.
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We now renovate houses but decided to create this website as a side project as we have plenty of experience in this sector.
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