Renovating your bathroom but don’t want to use tile? There are options available.

In this article, we’ll discuss the best alternatives to using tile in the bathroom, what you need to be aware of when choosing the right material and where to go for assistance.

Things to Consider When Choosing Bathroom Materials

When choosing the right material for your latest bathroom design – especially when opting for materials other than tiles – there are several things you need to consider. This includes:

  • design, placement and layout
  • space
  • luxury inclusions (e.g. heated flooring, heated towel rails, wet rooms etc)
  • heat resistance
  • moisture and water resistance
  • maintenance
    • Alternatives to Bathroom Tiles

      Tiles have long been regarded as a viable, quality material to use in the bathroom, and often the preferred option for many homeowners looking to renovate. However, they are not necessarily your only choice.

      In fact, there are several alternatives to tiles that you can choose from when deciding on your perfect bathroom material. We’ll discuss some of the most popular and what you need to be aware of when installing them.

      Acrylic & Fibreglass Panels

      Used in the shower and on bathroom walls, acrylic and fibreglass panels are a popular alternative to tiles.

      This is because they are reinforced with glass to make them long-lasting and durable, without compromising on the sleek, luxurious look you’re after.

      PVC Panels

      A slightly more affordable choice, PVC panels are popular because they are hard-wearing and fairly easy to clean. They’re also water-resistant and will not warp when exposed to the heat of a bathroom.


      If you’re looking for a more luxurious alternative to tiles, marble may be just what you’re after. Even faux options provide a high end look and are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, while also being bathroom-friendly.


      Wood is a great option if you want a luxurious feel in your bathroom. While it’s a sustainable, natural material, it can be quite expensive and may not be as resistant to heat and moisture as other options on the market.

      This is particularly the case when used in the shower, and you need to be aware of this lack of durability before installing it in your renovation.

      Stone or Cement

      There’s something special about using stone or cement as an alternative to porcelain tiles in your bathroom. But remember that cost, weight, and maintenance may not be your friends when choosing this option, especially if it takes the form of a stone bath.

      That said, they do look amazing and if none of these concerns worry you, are a great choice when looking for a modern, luxurious design.


      It may sound strange, but wallpaper is fast becoming a great choice for many would-be renovators wanting to update their bathroom.

      When used in the right space, with the right moisture resistant grading, wallpaper can provide you with a unique look unlike any other.

      Where to Go for Assistance

      The Builders Discount Warehouse team are some of the most qualified and experienced in the industry.

      Working closely with suppliers to provide you with warehouse pricing, you can’t go past us for quality and expertise.

      Ready to get started on your bathroom renovation? Discuss tile alternatives with our staff today.


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