Creating the perfect bachelor pad is just like building a fantasy football team for the upcoming season. You shell out all your budget on those point-winning parts of your home, like the living area and the bedroom, with a massive flat-screen TV, multimedia entertainment system and king size bed.
But then, when it comes to shoring up the rest of your property, you have little cash to play with. And, let’s face it, a tired, run-down old bathroom could potentially let the entire team down.
In this article, we’ll show you 5 ways you can achieve a championship-winning man den without blowing your budget.
1. Get your formation right
Like every winning combination, you need to get your formation right. Take a long hard look at your current bathroom. Does everything work in its current position, or are there snag points which cause issues? There may be simple, tactical changes you could make, like replacing a toilet seat or a tap, rather than swapping your whole bathroom suite out.
2. Give dirt the red card
Cleaning your bathroom is the last thing you need to be worrying about. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to create a space that’s low on maintenance but high in style. First off, look out for toilets and vanity units with a “back to wall” design. This ensures there are no difficult nooks and crannies where dust, dirt and grime can accumulate. Next, if you don’t already have specialist easy clean shower screen glass, treat it with a coating kit like Signo Showerguard. This can also be used on tiles and ceramics, with one treatment helping to repel limescale and grime.
3. Create space
Much like that key midfield playmaker, a good bathroom helps to create space, providing more room to manoeuvre. Keep an eye out for smart storage solutions, like a vanity unit which utilises the often-underused space beneath your basin. For shower gel and shampoo, wire racks attached to the wall help you keep things close at hand. If floor space is at a premium, consider a tall, wall hung cabinet which can fit into even the tightest of gaps.
4. Preparing for play
Your bathroom should be an area in which you can unwind and relax after a long, stressful day at work. However, it should also be somewhere you can prepare for those more playful moments, like a night out or entertaining guests. A good quality tub and shower combination gives you the best of both worlds, allowing you to enjoy a good wallow whilst listening to your favourite playlist or podcast or having a quick wash and brush up after the gym.
5. Make those final adjustments
Of course, every fantasy football team needs to be freshened up and finalised before matchday and the same goes for your bathroom. Make sure you have all the accessories you’ll need, like a nice big illuminated mirror (to help you with your personal grooming), a pedal bin for waste and some coordinated finishing touches, like a soap dispenser, toothbrush holder and toilet roll holder. If you don’t tend to the basics, the teamwork element of your bathroom could simply fall apart.
We hope these tips will help you find the winning formula for your bachelor pad.