Small Bathroom Renovations

Small bathroom renovations are in a league of their own when it comes to home renovation projects. Here’s some top tips and advice to help you start planning your own small bathroom renovation.

Bathroom with freestanding tub and white wall tiles

Small bathroom renovations are in a league of their own when it comes to home renovation projects. Although they need all the essentials you’ll find in a large bathroom, there’s much less space for execution. But, we’ve done this before. So, drawing on our skills and experience in tackling such transformations, here’s some top tips and advice to help you start planning your own small bathroom renovation. 
For more information about bathroom renovations in general, check out our ultimate guide to bathroom renovations.

What to consider during a small bathroom renovation

No two small bathroom renovations are ever the same, which is why we prioritise meticulous planning. And there are three fundamentals to consider right from the outset: 

Layout and size 

The average size of a bathroom in Australia is approximately 3x2m, but a tiny bathroom, with dimensions close to or below a 2x2m bathroom layout can still be perfectly functional with the right design
Certain layouts, such as a long narrow bathroom, may require more creative planning than a simple square bathroom design. The correct positioning of fixtures will be central to success.  

Narrow bathrooom, designed to optimise the space

Usage and purpose

Is this your only bathroom for the whole family or is it primarily a guest bathroom? 3-way bathroom designs—layout in which the shower, vanity, and toilet can each be utilised privately, at the same time—are great for busy households with no space for an extra bathroom.  


Knowing how much you want to invest in a bathroom renovation is crucial. Only then can you make cost-appropriate decisions about design, materials, and amenities, be these high-end or modest. When the budget is tight, homeowners might opt to undertake some DIY, doing the painting or wallpapering themselves, but significant elements like tiling, electrical work, and plumbing require qualified professionals.

Cost of small bathroom renovations in 2023

When it comes to cost, the scope of a project matters more than the size. For instance, a small but luxurious bathroom renovation could cost more than a large but simple bathroom renovation. In general, we estimate that small bathroom renovations in Australia cost between $15,000*-$75,000* with some falling outside that range. 
Transparency is important to us, especially around costs. So for more detail, you can check out this article on bathroom renovation costs, where we discuss basic, mid-range, and high-end bathroom costs and what you can expect at each price point. 

Small bathroom with a touch of luxury

Tips for a small bathroom renovation in Australia

Although each renovation will have its own distinctive features, there are some key tips applicable to every small bathroom makeover.

Optimise your space

Floor-to-ceiling storage is functional and helps create the illusion of height. Focus on clever design for utilising the space that already exists. 

Recess shelving

Building storage into your shower or bathtub area takes clutter off the floor, enhances an impression of spaciousness, and helps with feeling organised.

Be selective about materials

Small tiles can appear busy and make a room feel crowded; larger tiles are more seamless and, when installed floor-to-ceiling, create the illusion of more space. Glass showers do the same as they offer interrupted sight lines.  

Choose colours and patterns carefully

Simplicity is best for a relaxed vibe.

Ventilation is vital

Don't let mould and damp ruin your bathroom design, ventilation is key for a dry, warm space.

From concept to completion

Small bathroom renovation ideas 

If you want to execute a small bathroom remodel on a budget, take notes from this Perth bathroom renovation. By utilising salvaged materials, the Refresh team was able to deliver a bespoke small bathroom design with character, together with a private toilet and accessibility support for the client’s mother, for under $25,000*.  
Here’s another great idea for a functional and beautiful small bathroom design, priced at $39,000. Despite this bathroom’s compact footprint, the Refresh team was able to include a rainfall shower and soaker bathtub without making the space feel cramped, thanks to a wetroom-style design.

This bathroom boasts a light blue colour palette

Planning a small bathroom renovation with Refresh

At Refresh, our number one priority is to make sure you enjoy your experience - the reason our proven 5-step process was developed with homeowners in mind. 
From start to finish, you’ll partner with a Renovation Consultant who will guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have along the way. Backed by an expert team of highly skilled and qualified bathroom renovation specialists, your Consultant will always remain your single point of contact to ensure communication is direct and transparent. 
While different territories throughout Australia have their own building regulations and requirements, your Renovation Consultant will always arrange relevant documentation on your behalf. They’ll also do all the scheduling and team coordination.
Throughout the process, you’ll also have access to an intuitive client portal where you can check the progress of your renovation and review key details. Once the construction is complete and your new bathroom is ready to use, your Renovation Consultant will provide you with the appropriate paperwork that proves your project is fully code compliant.

Need help bringing your small bathroom vision to life?

That’s what we’re here for. Just get in touch with a local Renovation Consultant to arrange a free consultation. You can discuss any questions you may have and get expert advice from our team. We can’t wait to hear your ideas!
*Costs are rough estimates and are subject to change: GST is not included unless otherwise stated. For a fixed quote accurate to your specific project, please consult your local Refresh™ Renovations Consultant.

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