The Cost Of A New Bathroom

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Like the majority of people in the UK, you’ve probably considered getting a new bathroom but held off due to the potential cost.

The truth is that there is already a wealth of information available on the cost of a bathroom and its installation. But why is it so costly? Is it possible to get a new bathroom for less? And how much might it cost you? Here we will help you figure out how much a bathroom can cost, regardless of your budget.

You can get the new bathroom you’ve always wanted by looking in the right places. To answer the question “how much is a new bathroom?” we have gathered all the information you’ll need about various bathroom appliances, as well as the cost of installing them.

What Does It Cost To Install A Bathroom?

Depending on your budget and whether you want to replace a few key pieces or completely transform your bathroom, a new bathroom can cost anywhere from £1,500 to £10,000 or more.

You can usually update your bathroom suite for between £1,500 and £3,000 if you’re on a budget. If you have a more flexible budget, a fully renovated bathroom can be had for between £4,500 and £7,000.
If you want a luxury bathroom with stuff like; a designer suite, high-quality taps, marble or granite wall and floor coverings, and possibly even a freestanding tub should cost at least £8,500.

To break it down, you should first of all know the cost of bathroom supplies. Bathroom fixtures and fittings come in a wide range of prices. The table below shows how much you should expect to pay for these items:



TIME REQUIRED (for installing)

Basin and Taps

£50 to £750

2 to 3 hours

Bathroom Cabinet

£50 to £800

1 to 3 hours 


£70 to £700

2 to 4 hours

Baths and Panels

£120 to £700

3 to 5 hours

Freestanding Bath

£450 to £2700

1 to 2 days

Mixer Shower

£70 to £200

2 to 8 hours

Electric Shower

£170 to £250

2 to 8 hours

Thermostatic Shower

£170 to £250

2 to 8 hours

Power Shower

£200 to £600

2 to 8 hours

Digital Shower

£400 to £1200

2 to 8 hours

Shower Screen

£50 to £400

1 to 2 hours

Shower Enclosure and Tray

£200 to £1200

1 to 2 days

Heated Towel Rail or Radiator

£50 to £700

2 to 4 hours

Extractor Fan

£50 to £200

2 to 8 hours

Bathroom Lighting

£25 to £150

1 to 3 hours

Laminate or Vinyl Flooring

£15 to £35 per square metre

1 to 3 days

Bathroom Wall and Floor Tiles

£25 to £200

1 to 5 days

Underfloor Heating

£70 to £250

1 to 2 days

Old Bathroom Removal

£400 to £1200

2 to 3 days


As you can see, the cost of bathroom fittings and fixtures varies a lot depending on what you want to put in your new bathroom and whether you go for budget, mid-range, or luxury options.

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Basin and Taps

The cost of a basin and taps is estimated to be between £50 and £750. The cost is determined by the basin’s material (porcelain, ceramic, marble, etc.) and the price of taps is determined by the manufacturer and quality.

Lower-cost taps are less durable, and their internal ceramic disc cartridges frequently fail after a year or two, resulting in a leak.

Bathroom Cabinet

A bathroom cabinet has a similar price range, with prices ranging from £50 to £800. The size and material of a bathroom cabinet are the most likely determinants of cost; solid wood is a popular choice due to its appearance, but it is more expensive than PVC cabinets.

Consider the cabinet’s protective coating as well, as it is necessary to ensure the material’s longevity. This can also affect the price.


The cost of a toilet is estimated to be between £70 and £700. Because replacing a toilet with an identical or similar unit is a simple job, the cost is likely to be less than £50, whereas a close-coupled toilet installation will be more expensive because the toilet and cistern are connected to form one fluid unit.

Baths and Panels

Bath and panels are likely to cost between £120 and £700, with the price largely determined by the bath and panel material as well as the amount of labour required to install the unit. You can expect your costs to be lower if you choose a like-for-like replacement rather than having to install an entirely new bath and panel with new plumbing.

Freestanding Bath

A freestanding bath can cost anywhere from £450 to £2,700. The material has the greatest impact on freestanding bath prices; iron, porcelain, and acrylic are common mid-range materials, whereas copper or resin are more expensive because they will last a lifetime with proper maintenance.

Mixer Shower

A mixer shower is one of the most affordable shower types, with prices ranging from £70 to £250.

Electric Shower

Between £170 and £250 is estimated to be the cost of an electric shower and a thermostatic shower.

Power Shower

A power shower will set you back between £200 and £600, while a digital shower will set you back between £400 and £1,200.

As you can see, the type of shower you choose has the greatest impact on shower cost. Higher-end showers may necessitate more plumbing or a larger plumbing system to function properly.

Shower Screen

You should also be aware of the extra features that can increase the overall cost of a shower. A shower screen can cost anywhere from £50 to £400, while a shower enclosure and tray can cost anywhere from £200 to £1,200, depending on the size and materials used.

Towel Rail

The cost of a heated towel rail is estimated to range between £40 and £600, depending on the size of the rail, the materials used, and whether or not you require a specific finish.

Extractor Fan

The price of a bathroom extractor fan ranges from £50 to £200. There are various types of extractor fans available, ranging from a wall fan to a centrifugal fan, and the price of the fan is largely determined by this.

Bathroom Lights

The cost of a bathroom light is estimated to be between £25 and £150. The cost will be determined by the quality, size, and number of lights used. More or larger lights may necessitate the hiring of more than one tradesperson, raising the cost.

Bathroom Wall and Floor Tiles

The cost of bathroom wall and floor tiles is estimated to range from £25 to £250 per square metre. The quality and design of tiles will have the greatest impact on price; for example, expensive stone tiles will be more expensive than laminate tiles.

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is a great addition to any bathroom and can cost anywhere from £70 to £250 per square metre. The total cost of installing underfloor heating is determined by the size of your home/room, the type of system installed, and the amount of groundwork required.

Removal of Old Bathroom

You’ll probably have to pay between £300 and £1000 to completely remove your old bathroom. This cost is entirely dependent on the scope of the removal.

You’ll need to also factor in the cost of hiring a bathroom fitter to put everything together in addition to the cost of purchasing new bathroom supplies. You can also hire individual tradespeople to install your new sink, toilet, bath or shower, as well as all of the plumbing, electrics, and flooring.

The table below shows how much these tradespeople charge on a daily basis:



Bathroom Fitter

£200 to £300


£150 to £250

Flooring Specialist

£200 to £250


£200 to £250

Painter and Decorator

£200 to £300


£200 to £350


£300 to £550

A bathroom fitter’s day rate is estimated to be between £200 and £300. This price may vary depending on the scope of the job and whether or not more than one labourer is required.

A plasterer’s day rate is estimated to be between £150 and £250. A plasterer may be required for a variety of tasks such as skimming, replastering, and rendering. The final cost will be determined by the type of work you require and the size of the room.

A flooring specialist will likely cost between £200 and £250 per day if you’re installing new flooring. The type of flooring you want installed is the most important factor in determining their cost (laminate, hardwood, tiling, etc).

Similarly, depending on the tile type and design, a tiler is estimated to cost between £200 and £250 for new tiles for your bathroom suite.

A painter and decorator is estimated to cost between £200 and £300 for the finishing touches. The scope of the project, the quality of the paint purchased, and the size of the room will all influence the final cost.

A plumber is estimated to cost between £200 and £350 per day, with the scope of the job having the greatest impact on their day rate. The overall cost of a new bathroom plumbing system will be higher than the cost of a few minor repairs.

A day’s work for an electrician is estimated to cost between £300 and £550. Because installing the electrics in a bathroom can be a dangerous job, it’s well worth the money to hire a qualified electrician who knows how to do the job correctly and safely.

If you’re thinking about replacing your bathroom suite but don’t have the funds to do so right away, it’s best to put off other projects.

If you replace your flooring or tiling to match your current suite, you’ll have to re-do sections once your new fixtures arrive, wasting time and money in the long run.

Factors Affecting The Cost Of A New Bathroom

Your budget will limit the number of changes you can make to your bathroom, but there are ways to get the look and style you want while staying within your budget.

Here are factors that affect the cost of a new bathroom;

Size and Shape of the Bathroom

The size and shape of your bathroom will have an impact on the cost of renovation.

Although this is not always the case, the larger your bathroom, the more money it will cost. This will raise the price for bathrooms that are unusually shaped or difficult to work in, necessitating specialist work, labour intensive labour, or bespoke bathroom units.

So, while your bathroom may not be the largest in terms of square metres, it may necessitate a more unique approach, resulting in a higher bathroom refurb cost than a larger, but more conventionally shaped bathroom.


Obviously, a significant portion of your budget will be spent on plumbing, which could include new faucets, a toilet, shower or bath, and a sink. If there is a significant change to the existing layout that necessitates more plumbing work, the costs may rise. Plumbing services will typically cost between £800 and £1000.

Electrical Work

Depending on how old your current bathroom is, you may want to consider replacing your lighting with LED spotlights, which have a more modern appearance and lower operating costs. Installing a shaving socket, extractor fan, and power shower are examples of other electrical work.

Depending on other factors, typical costs can be around £400.

Bathroom Suite Quality

There are thousands of bathroom suites on the market, which is fantastic because there is something for everyone; however, how specific do you want to be? For some people, the price of a suite is more important than its style, aesthetic, or additional features. People with limited space often want every piece to be as multi-functional as possible, and they are willing to pay more for it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need Permission from the Planning Department to Build a Bathroom?

Unless your bathroom is part of an extension, the answer is usually no, and if your home is listed, there will be additional rules to follow.

The best way to begin your search for bathroom suites is to have a clear idea of what you want. If you’re planning on converting a different room into a bathroom, you’ll need building regulations approval before starting any work, so check with them first before hiring a contractor to make sure it’s legal in your area.

How Long Does It Take to Remove a Bathroom and Install a New One?

In most cases, removing and installing a new bathroom takes 2 to 3 weeks. For larger, luxury bathrooms with a standalone bath, separate shower, intricate tile patterns, and bespoke lighting, the timeline could extend up to four weeks. The longer the job takes, the more renovations there are to complete.

Is Investing in a New Bathroom Worth It?

Even if it only improves your enjoyment of living in your home, a new bathroom can make a significant difference to your home. Also, in terms of statistics, a new bathroom is a good investment. It has the potential to increase the value of your home by 4% and is one of the most important factors new buyers consider.

Is Moving or Relocating a Toilet Expensive?

Yes, it could be. This is because moving or relocating a toilet will necessitate additional plumbing and, as a result, additional fees. If you want to redo your bathroom suite but don’t want to spend a lot of money, it’s best to keep the amount of extra plumbing and wiring to a minimum.

What Does a Plumber Cost?

The cost of a plumber varies depending on where you live and what kind of work you’re doing. The average hourly rate for a plumber is between £50 and £100.

Plumbers’ day rates range from £200 to £400 per day, though you should expect to pay 20-30% more per day if your plumber is installing an appliance in your home.

Find out how much specific plumbing jobs are likely to cost and how you can save money by visiting our dedicated page.

How much does tiling a bathroom cost?

Tiling a small bathroom, costs between £650 and £1,200 on average, depending on the materials used, the design, and the size of the bathroom. Take a look at our dedicated guide to find out how much a medium or large bathroom tiling will cost.

What Does a Heated Towel Rail or Radiator Cost?

A heated towel rail can cost anywhere from £50 to £650. A new small radiator is estimated to cost between £200 and £250 to install.

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