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Rental Bathroom Ideas

The rise in house prices, utility bills and cost of living means that more of us are renting properties instead of buying, which doesn’t leave us with much freedom to personalise the interior design to our taste.

Vanessa Vance, Area Lettings Manager of Nicholas Estates says:

“Renting a property gives young people the opportunity to ‘try before they buy,’ and the standard initial letting is for around 6-12 months. The rise in utility bills and interest rates for mortgages will see many tenants staying in rented accommodation for longer periods of time due to it being harder to save for a deposit but to meet the affordability for mortgage lenders. 

This article contains top tips for how to style your rental bathroom and jazz it up with accessories, temporary flooring and lighting.

Check with Your Landlord

It’s worth asking your landlord if you have any leniency to style the space more to your liking, as you never know what they may be comfortable with you swapping and changing. It may be a case of your landlord being happy for you to paint over the walls, install a few shelves here and there or even install a new tap at your own expense. You have nothing to lose by asking! 

Rental Bathroom Accessories

Freestanding accessories are a rental bathroom’s best friend. To give your bathroom an upgrade, you can hang prints and frames to the walls with adhesive hooks that won’t mark the wall, and add hero items like candles, vases and ornaments on existing window sills or shelves. 

Adding plants is also a great way to incorporate more colour into your bathroom, and these can be easily moved around to suit your space. You can also switch out the shower curtain, add tasteful towels and bath mats to incorporate pops of colour and modernise your rented bathroom.

Temporary Bathroom Flooring

If you’re not the biggest fan of your bathroom floor choice but don’t have the opportunity to change it, vinyl floor cloths can provide a refreshing alternative and are super easy to place down and remove from your bathroom floor. Self-adhesive vinyl floor decals are available from a number of retailers and look as authentic as tiles and stone for a fraction of the cost.

Rental Bathroom Storage

The key to generating more storage in your bathroom without changing the furniture is to opt for freestanding storage cabinets that that can be easily moved around the space. You can store bathroom products that you'd rather keep out of sight in these areas.

For more shower storage, shower caddies are a great way to prevent a cluttered shower area and allow easy access to your bathroom essentials. Caddies and bath racks are great for rental bathrooms as they're removable, therefore can be and can be taken with you from property to property. Top tip: opt for stainless steel shower baskets as this material prevents rust and staining.

Rental Bathroom Lighting

Portable LED lights that are either battery powered or rechargeable can be placed around your suite to create a luxury spa bathroom aesthetic, without you having to worry about changing the light fittings.

If the bathroom has a pendant light, you will also have the freedom to change the lightbulb to a cooler or warmer colour, depending on your preference, which will enable more vibrancy to flow through the space. You may even be able to upgrade your mirror to a larger alternative to bounce the available light around the room - just check with your landlord before making any design changes.

Keep Your Bathroom Decluttered

A cluttered bathroom can appear busy and uninviting, so it's best to keep things simple and stripped back to avoid a messy space. Place bathroom essentials such as toilet roll, cosmetic pads and soap refills tucked away in baskets to give a cleaner finish. If you're limited on space, invest in freestanding ladder shelves to place bathroom products in to prevent them being visible on areas such as window sills. Ladder shelves are also a great way to make use of the height of your room.

Bathroom Storage


Just because you have a rental property, it doesn’t mean that you have to stick with the design it came with - there are plenty of opportunities for you to make the space more luxurious and modern. If you’re looking for more design inspiration, our guide on small cloakroom ideas provides tips to help you save space in a small bathroom without blowing the budget.

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