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30 budget-friendly bathroom upgrades you'll wish you'd known about sooner

You don't need a lot of money to update your personal sanctuary.
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After being stuck inside for nearly a year, we've all had plenty of time to dream about the updates we'd like to make in our house's most frequented rooms — including the bathroom. And while embarking on a major renovation isn't necessarily feasible, you can certainly jazz things up with a few minor decor updates.

From fluffy bath mats and luxe countertop essentials to decorative shelves and top-notch showerheads, there are plenty of ways to make your bathroom feel brand new without spending a fortune. These 15 affordable bathroom improvements are a great place to start.

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Bathroom upgrades under $25

1. The Container Store Under Sink Organizer

Are you making the most of your under sink storage? It's easy to throw extra shampoo bottles and nail products under there, but keeping your cabinets organized will make it less stressful to find what you are looking for in the long run. These organizers from The Container Store feature two sliding drawers that makes everything under the sink more accessible and easy to reach.

2. Wrought Studio Izaak Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Going through the hassle of repainting your bathroom probably isn't the first DIY you want to attempt. Peel and stick wallpaper is another affordable option that can give your bathroom an entirely different feel. It's as easy to install as its name implies and leaves no residue behind when it comes time to remove it.

3. Parachute Home Waffle Towels

Once you hang your towels up, don't they count as decor, too? These minimalist towels are not only absorbent, but the unique waffle texture looks like it belongs in a luxury spa.

4. Wekity Wall-Mounted Toothbrush Holder

Get rid of clutter on your bathroom counter and opt for a space saving option like this toothbrush holder to give your bathroom a facelift. It not only acts a shelf but also an automatic toothpaste dispenser. The best part? You don't need to put any holes in the wall to get the job done.

5. Society6 Charcoal Hexagons Bath Mat

Rather than opting for a canvas, make art in your bathroom functional. This memory foam bath mat is available in two different sizes and is made from a soft, quick-drying microfiber that will have you looking forward to stepping out of the shower.

6. Franklin Brass Classic Beaded Single Decorator Wall Plate

Sometimes, something as small as a new light switch cover can make a big impact. This white one features classy little pearl detailing, and at only $5, it's a minor expense that can easily breathe new life into your bathroom.

7. Stay Fresh Memory Foam Bath Rug

There's just something luxurious about sinking your toes into a memory foam bath rug when you get out of the shower. This affordable option has built-in Arm & Hammer protection to prevent mold, bacteria and mildew and is machine-washable for convenient cleaning.

8. Walensee Bathroom Rug Non-Slip Bath Mat

Prefer a bath mat with a bit more texture? Walensee's cushioned, non-slip mat is constructed with cozy microfiber shags that absorb excess moisture and dry quickly. It can be tossed right in the washing machine when it needs to be cleaned, too, and comes in 30 colors.

9. BEAVO Shower Curtain Hooks

Small details we never really consider can add a nice personal touch to your bathroom. Take shower curtain hooks, for example. A set of rose hooks can give a monochromatic room a welcome pop of color, and this $10 set comes in four shades, so there's something for every personality.

10. Duo Marble Toothbrush Holder

Who ever said bathroom basics have to be boring? A marble toothbrush holder sits atop your vanity and easily blends in with any color scheme you might have in mind. Plus, this one's only $10, so it's basically affordable elegance at its finest!

Bathroom upgrades under $50

1. Home Decorators Collection Antique Wall Sconce

Changing the lighting in your bathroom can completely transform the space. These antique sconces are easy to install and give off a retro feel thanks to matte and gold accents.

2. Luxsego Shower Head

Mineral shower heads have gone viral on TikTok — one user uploaded a video of the setup that has more than three million likes. This similar version has amassed over 3,000 verified five-star reviews from Amazon shoppers and the brand claims that the beads can increase water pressure and soften hard water, leading to softer hair and skin.

3. Homemaid Living Bamboo Bathtub Tray

Make the most of alone time by keeping all of the essentials in place with a bathtub tray. This caddy features a built-in wine holder, phone holder and enough space for your tablet or book, so you really won't have an excuse to put relaxation on hold.

4. Anthropologie Honeycomb Textured Candle

Not only do these textured candles look beautiful, but the warm vanilla and tobacco scent means it will be pleasing to smell, too. Prop a candle on the counter or on the bathroom shelf to bring some warmth into the room.

5. NookyLooky Floating Wood Box Shelf

The minimalist shelves are perfect for storing loose toilet paper, toiletries and other beauty products without the harsh look of chunky storage. They're handmade and can be stained to match the current decor in your bathroom, too.

6. Threshold Freestanding Toilet Tissue Holder

Free up cabinet space and make your toilet paper holder look a bit more glamorous with this affordable upgrade. It's a simple tweak that can make a big difference.

7. AquaDance High Pressure 6-Setting Handheld Showerhead

The best showerheads give you plenty of pressure options, and this Amazon bestseller comes with six settings that help every member of your family customize the water flow to suit their personal preferences. It can be used as an overhead or a hand-held showerhead and has a super flexible hose to boot. Plus, more than 27,000 shoppers have bestowed a five-star rating on this shower essential.

8. AquaBliss High Output Revitalizing Shower Filter

A top-notch showerhead is useless without an equally powerful shower filter, and this popular model from AquaBliss helps filter out chemicals that cause a range of beauty woes like itchy skin, dandruff and brittle nails. The bestseller also releases beneficial minerals to boost your beauty routine and has nearly 5,000 five-star reviews.

9. Blue Donuts Free Standing Toilet Brush and Plunger

Toilet brushes and plungers aren't all that glamorous, but there's an easy way to disguise these bathroom essentials without taking away from your overall decor. A sleek container keeps them out of sight but at arm's reach whenever you need them, and this one is compact enough to fit in narrow corners. The set comes in a neutral bronze shade and features a quick dry ventilation base that's pretty convenient.

10. Simplehuman Touch-Free Sensor Liquid Soap Pump Dispenser

You know those fancy touch-free soap dispensers you find in public restrooms? They're not actually that expensive and can make your at-home bathroom experience a bit more hygienic. This one from Simplehuman uses a built-in sensor to dispense your favorite soap in seconds. The sleek design has a wide refill opening to avoid spills and can run up to a year on only four AA batteries.

11. HoMedics Ellia Soothe Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

Whether you're trying to create an at-home spa experience or want to casually get rid of unpleasant odors, an essential oil diffuser is a luxe addition to your bathroom. The HoMedics Ellia Soothe Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser sends a fine mist of natural aroma throughout the area and can run for over six hours at a time. It also features a color-changing light that adds a relaxing vibe.

Bathroom upgrades under $100

1. Costway Frameless Round LED Vanity Mirror

Tired of your makeup mirror taking up space in your bathroom? Here's a solution — make your vanity mirror your new makeup mirror. This frameless style from Costway uses a touch sensor so you can turn LED lights on and off to make sure that your morning makeup routine looks its best.

2. Threshold Owings End Table

If you're giving more time to your bathing ritual this year, keep everything in one place with a small end table. You can store towels, candles and all of your self-care essentials in an eye-catching display right by the tub to keep everything within reach.

3. The Sill Plant Parent Set

Why not add some greenery into the bathroom too? Not only can they act as a natural air purifier, but the humid environment already lends itself well to keeping house plants happy. You can put one or two in the bathroom and then toss a few in the living room, too.

4. Pottery Barn Tava Rattan Wastebasket

Every part of the bathroom should look as nice as you want the space to feel, including the wastebasket. This rattan basket from Pottery Barn is a neutral option that can blend well into any space. Plus, you can snag a few other pieces from the set to add to your bathroom to keep the decor consistent.

5. Industrial Grace Three-Tier Decorative Wall Shelf

We don't typically think of bathrooms as the place to display knickknacks and odds and ends, but there's really no reason you can't show off some of your prized possessions in this high-traffic room. If you've got some spare wall space in your bathroom, pick up a decorative wall shelf like this three-tier option and fill it with anything from plants and candles to frames.

6. Copper Grove Rectangular Accent Mirror

It's funny how an accent mirror can totally jazz up your space, and this rectangular one from Copper Grove comes in two neutral colors — silver and brown/gold — that emit different colors when the light changes. The discounted piece can be hung vertically or horizontally, making it a versatile option for any room.

7. Bramwell Mid-Arc Bathroom Faucet in Satin Nickel

Sick of the same old silver faucet you've had forever? A shiny nickel finish is a true head turner but not so out-of-the-box that it seems out of place. Bramwell's Mid-Arc Bathroom Faucet has a nice modern feel to it and is WaterSense-certified, meaning it uses up to 30% less water than some other faucets.

8. Poo-Pourri Bidet

Bidets might seem like an ultra fancy (aka hyper pricey) bathroom accessory, but this model is actually quite practical. The sleek design attaches to your water supply and is ready to go in less than 15 minutes. The dual nozzle bidet works quickly to clean your tushy and can help you save up to 100 rolls of toilet paper every year.

9. Madison Park Spa Waffle Weave 3M Scotchgard Fabric Shower Curtain

There are average shower curtains, and then there are shower curtains that go the extra distance. This striped one falls into the latter category with its heavy duty waffle-weave texture and 3M Scotchgard-treated material that fends off excess moisture. Even better? The curtain is machine washable and comes in seven cheery colors.

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