Decorating Your Student House: The Bathroom

As a landlord, decorating your student house is a perennial chore.

And whereas you want to keep it simple, it should never be done on the cheap. Don’t be tempted to skimp on quality.

At the end of the day, you are the one that is going to have to replace things– so it’s best to make sure they last.

When it comes to the bathroom, you might be out of ideas on how to proceed for the best.

Decorating a bathroom for multi occupancy, without knowing any of the personalities and needs of the individuals in advance, can be tough.

Here’s how to get the most out of your student bathroom and make it a welcoming place for your tenants to unwind, after a hard day in the lecture theatre!

DOUBLE UP THE UTILITIES

One place that less really isn’t more is in the bathroom.

You have a multi occupancy house with multiple tenants. They are going to require more than a single hand   basin!

Didn’t think that students would be in the bathroom at the same time? They might surprise you!

Either way, ideas like a double hand basin can really come to the rescue. And if you think that there’s not enough space, then maybe think again. 

Double vanity basin units can accommodate two smaller hand basins comfortably without taking up any extra space. And they can be wall mounted if necessary.

This gives your students double the opportunity to get ready in the morning and also with a double vanity basin unit, make your bathroom a very stylish place to boot – without costing a fortune.

LIGHT IT RIGHT

Tempting though it might be to simply install a strip light or old fashioned light fitting in your student bathroom, you can do a lot better by opting for quality first off.

Who will be responsible for replacing the bulbs in your student home – especially the communal areas?

If it’s you, then you definitely want to get some low energy LEDs in there. Even if your tenants are going to replace the bulbs, sooner or later you will probably end up doing it, so you might as well try and save money in the long run by using LEDs.

Put simply, they will require less changing and also use considerably less electricity.

Also, they look stylish and can transform a bathroom into an ambient, tranquil place.

Consider installing a dimmer switch, to alter the mood lighting in the bathroom. It also saves money on electricity!!

EXTRACT IT

If you were hoping that your tenants would opt to freeze to death in the shower by leaving a window open for the steam to escape, then we’ve got bad news. They won’t.

A decent extractor fan is a must in any bathroom, particularly one where there is multi occupancy.

At the end of the day, you don’t want to be stuck with a damp, mouldy bathroom, so prevention is definitely the way forward.

Just a word of warning, get a quiet one – especially if the bathroom is next to a bedroom – the person sleeping in there doesn’t want to be woken up at all hours by a noisy extractor fan!

GO ECO

If water bills are included in the rent then it really plays to save as much as possible in water consumption. Especially if you have a water meter.

Even if you don’t have one, the extra usage adds up to greater electricity bills.

Water saving shower heads, motion sensor taps, aerated showers are all ways of minimising the water consumption in your student home.

Add in a low flush toilet and you could save hundreds of pounds in utilities.

CHOOSE THE MATERIALS WISELY

Before you go off and decorate your student bathroom, spare a thought for the materials.

Naturally, you want something hard wearing, but also attractive.

On the walls you can use tiles – these are easy to replace piecemeal if something should happen to them.

Alternatively, a satin gloss is easy to wipe down. Remember to use a paint designed specifically for bathrooms.

For floors, simple tiles or concrete are a good solution. But there are others too.

Wood or even leather can make a long lasting flooring solution for your student bathroom. Another pointer is to turn the bathroom into a wet room, because sooner or later, it will get flooded!