5 Inexpensive Bathroom Countertop Ideas That’ll Have a Big Impact

Julissa Arangure
Written by Julissa Arangure
Updated January 7, 2022
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Highlights

  • A bathroom vanity costs about $1,500 on average

  • Laminate is the most affordable and customizable bathroom counter option

  • Cultured marble is a great inexpensive option with a high-end feel

  • Consider maintenance when choosing a bathroom counter material 

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There’s no denying that fresh countertops can bring life to your bathroom. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your current setup or moving into a new home, you’ll want something that fits within your budget but also matches your home’s aesthetic and lifestyle. 

There are several inexpensive bathroom countertop options to choose from, no matter if you’re planning to DIY or hire a professional. Keep in mind that, while DIY may seem to cut costs, it’ll heavily depend on the type of material you’re working with and your knowledge of tools needed, as DIY countertop mistakes can be more troublesome in the long run.

1. Laminate

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Laminate countertop installation costs as little as $400 or as much as $2,500. Laminate countertops are made of plastic fused with particle board and come in a variety of designs to choose from, whether you want a bright, cheery vibe or a natural faux stone look. 

You can clean them by using simple soap and water. While laminate is relatively one of the most affordable options out there, it is not the most durable long-term and may crack along the edges if not maintained properly. 

2. Ceramic/Porcelain Tile

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Traditional bathroom countertops are made with ceramic tile, but porcelain tile has been making quite a unique countertop trend lately, as it is a denser material and can mimic other looks such as wood or leather. It also comes in different colors, patterns and shapes. 

If you want a homemade bathroom countertop, tile is relatively easy when everything is measured correctly and you have a steady hand and the correct adhesive. The main drawback is that the grout tends to get dirty and can harbor bacteria if not cleaned often.

3. Cultured Marble

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If you’re looking for inexpensive countertop options that’ll give any room an upscale look, you’ve found one! Cultured marble is a faux marble made from 75% natural marble dust combined with liquid polyester resin. It’s perfect for a bathroom vanity.

Because it is manufactured, there are many more color combinations and designs to choose from than regular marble and it’s much more affordable, coming in at about $25 per square foot. Its resistance to stains and mildew make this an attractive option for many homeowners. 

4. Wood

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Many of us don’t think of wood when it comes to bathrooms but, it can really be a showstopper with the right decor. The most popular types of wood used in bathrooms are butcher block, raw, and reclaimed. 

DIYers particularly like installing this countertop because it is simple and minimal. You can even choose to paint the wood in a variety of colors, making it unique and fresh. Be sure to wipe stains immediately and oil up as often as you can to keep it from damage.

5. Granite

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Granite countertops are perfect for bathrooms because they can withstand water, scratches, and stains, making it easy to get rid of nail polish or spilled toothpaste. 

They can be purchased in single slabs or tile and can be stained to any color you’d like, making it extremely customizable for any home aesthetic. One thing to note is that granite is really heavy and transporting it can cost you extra money.

Other Considerations for Bathroom Countertops

Now that you know five inexpensive bathroom countertop options, it’s time to think about a few other factors before making your final decision and hiring a local countertop contractor

  • Aesthetics: Think about what style you want your bathroom to be. Is it more modern, minimalist, traditional, or natural? Once you’ve established a look, think of the colors and accessories that you will be combining with your vanity.

  • Finish: Whether you want a matte or glossy finish really depends on what other materials you’ll be using in your bathroom. Matte countertops are great for concealing stains and better suited for on-the-go families that require low-maintenance cleaning. If you have gold or copper accents, matte finishes will make them stand out nicely. High-gloss finishes give your bathroom a modern and sleek feel and work well on granite and marble. 

  • Durability: Make sure you choose something that will withstand elements such as soap, lotions, hairspray, and oils. 

  • Variety: If you want to be able to choose from many different colors and styles, make sure you choose a material that will allow you to customize without going over your budget. Laminate and cultured marble are some of the more popular options.

  • Maintenance: Choose something you will have time for. While some can be easy to clean with just soap and water, other materials, such as wood and tile, will need a little extra work to last for years to come. 

Kitchen vs. Bathroom Countertop Materials 

Choosing a bathroom countertop is much different than choosing kitchen countertop materials. Elements that will be used in a bathroom, such as lotions, sprays and oils, tend to be less abrasive than heat, knife cuts, and food stains. 

Speak to someone at your local hardware store and do the research to see what the best bathroom countertop materials are for you and your home.

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