Learn about 5 bathroom flooring ideas on a budget and the pros and cons of each of them!
We are in the planning phase for our guest bathroom makeover and I’ve been trying to make a decision about what flooring to use because our current floor tile is really outdated and dingy looking.
I thought it would be helpful to share some of the main budget friendly flooring options that are available because flooring can get expensive fast in a bathroom makeover. But, it can also be one of the best ways to transform a room so it’s worth updating!
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Bathroom Flooring Ideas on a Budget:
1. Floor Paint
One of the cheapest and easiest DIY options is floor paint that can be used on tile, hardwood, laminate, and more. You just clean your floor, paint it, and then add a top coat.
You can even add a floor stencil design to your painted tile to jazz it up!
No matter what paint you use though, paint, over time can chip and may need touch ups. It’s one of the least durable options. So I’d use it as a temporary solution in a bathroom.
2. Peel and Stick Vinyl Tile
Peel & Stick vinyl tile is another inexpensive option and easy to install.
Although, it costs a little bit more than paint, depending on your room size, it still doesn’t require professional installation and can be done in a day or weekend.
After cleaning your floor, you just peel the backing off and stick it to your tile. You do have to make special cuts with it though.
We haven’t used this tile in a bathroom before but we did use it in the kitchen of our first home and it made a big difference for a low cost.
Another pro is that you can just stick it over your old tile with no grout or special tools needed.
- It’s typically water resistant and not waterproof
- It’s long term durability isn’t that great for a high traffic bathroom that gets really wet
- Up close and underfoot it can feel cheap and look cheap depending on the brand you use
- There is a chance of separation of the vinyl tiles over time
Overall this is another great short term solution.
3. Luxury Vinyl Plank Tile
Luxury Vinyl Plank tile looks like tile but it’s vinyl and you don’t have to grout it. There are many waterproof options available too. I have a full guide on the pros and cons of luxury vinyl plank vs laminate flooring too!
We used a waterproof luxury vinyl plank tile that looks like slate in our small bathroom makeover on a budget at our old house. I really loved it.
It’s a floating vinyl floor, which is nice because no glue or sticky adhesive is involved.
It was relatively easy to install ourselves, we just laid it over our old laminate flooring.
The vinyl tiles interlock together with an interlocking tongue and groove concept. The hardest part was interlocking a tile into the tile above it and next to it.
It’s more expensive than peel and stick vinyl tile, but it’s a much better quality flooring for bathrooms and long term durability.
The biggest con is that there aren’t that many stylish or pattern options available that look like real stone. The slate one I shared above is the best looking one I’ve found, although that one comes in a few more colors!
4. Waterproof Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is another great long term bathroom flooring option. There are many options that look like real wood.
You can install it yourself or hire it out. It’s similar to the vinyl plank tile, with a tongue and groove interlock.
It’s waterproof, extremely durable, looks like real hardwoods, comes in wide plank sizes (which looks more high end), and it’s easy to clean. It comes in a lot of pretty color options too!
I really love the look of it and it’s one of my favorite flooring options for any room. I have a full Pergo Outlast flooring review too.
The biggest con is that it can be more difficult to install yourself especially for a larger room. But it’s still very doable in a weekend.
Also, because the flooring is so durable we had to buy a new miter saw blade while cutting it. The material for the flooring really gunks up on the blade.
Check out my luxury vinyl plank vs laminate flooring guide for more details on laminate flooring and why we used it throughout our new home!
5. Ceramic and Porcelain Tile
Finally, the last budget friendly option is ceramic or porcelain tile. Both ceramic and porcelain tiles are great for bathrooms and high moisture rooms.
Tile is waterproof and extremely durable. It comes in a bunch of different colors, styles, and options.
There are a lot of beautiful options that can be used to really design a bathroom the way you want.
It’s one of the most expensive options if you don’t install it yourself and have to hire it out. But if you pick an inexpensive tile and or DIY the install then it can be very budget friendly.
In our master bath makeover we installed a hexagon, porcelain tile that looks like real marble.
It was our first tile job and it took a lot of time, effort, and patience, but it was totally worth it for the cost savings and the beautiful end result.
I absolutely love this tile and I have a full review of this porcelain tile that looks like marble.
I think the biggest negatives with tile are the installation process and demo of the old floor. Also, having to clean and maintain grout over time isn’t fun.
No matter what bathroom flooring you want to use, always get samples first to make sure you like the look and quality of it in person.
I hope this list of 5 budget bathroom flooring ideas on a budget was helpful! Let me know if there are any budget flooring options for bathrooms that you love!