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rehabilitating a carpeted bathroom.

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asilverraindrop Tue 10-Nov-15 09:41:14

We have a 20 year old house with two carpeted bathrooms. Both have separate walk in showers and baths. Both baths are the 80s/90s kind with carpet going half way up them from the floor; otherwise the decor of both rooms is the original stuff chosen by the builders - bland and not especially luxurious but not actively horrible either. White suites, shower doors a bit grim with 1980s style geometric-ish white designs on them, tiles plain ceramic (white in one, brown marble design in other) with meh borders, basins inoffensive but style of 20 years ago. The carpet is the original, and, particularly in the family bathroom, it's pretty grim, as you can imagine. We are planning to stay in this house for another 15 years or so, probably - will leave it to downsize when we retire, I expect. So we are currently trying to decide what to do about the bathrooms - whether to completely redo them now, and accept that whatever we choose will eventually be dated when we come to sell, or to get rid of the carpet at least, as an interim measure, and maybe do a proper refit in a few years' time when we have more energy and money.
My question is - has anyone got any good ideas for what to do about the carpet-up-the-side-of-the bath issue, if we keep the same baths? Is there any flooring or other solution to what to replace the vertical carpet with? Or would it be better to just bite the bullet and replace the whole lot now? If so, is there such a thing as a bathroom suite that won't date? I don't think there is much way to alter or improve the layout in either room, it would just be a case of replacing like for more modern like. Thank you for any advice!

TheHouseOnTheLane Tue 10-Nov-15 12:00:42

Can you not just remove the carpet from the floor and then take the panels which are carpeted from around the bathtub...it is only these which are carpeted....the actual bath sits within a frame of wood....you then add fresh wood panels.

Not hard.

wowfudge Tue 10-Nov-15 14:08:18

Just get new bath panels and replace the flooring. You might need to get the floor boards hard or ply boarded prior to fitting vinyl flooring if it has carpet and underlay on top of boards now.

asilverraindrop Tue 10-Nov-15 21:37:50

Thank you - obviously i am an idiot, because I didn't realise it would be so easy. Sorry to have been so long winded before!

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