SPA-oritize Your Bath in 15 Steps

Here are 15 ways to create a spa bath at home, without the high cost or inconvenience of construction.

  1. Spa Bathrooms

    Spa Bathrooms

    If you have a limited home improvement budget and a modest bathroom, don't despair. We've pulled together 15 ways to enhance your bath the construction-free, low-cost way—SPA-oritize!

    Elle Decor

  2. Create a Rain Shower

    Create a Rain Shower

    Standing in the rain can be an exhilarating experience, so why not consider it in the bath? This elegant Michael S. Smith shower head is made of solid brass and offers an 8"-diameter spray face for maximum water coverage. It requires a shower arm and comes in various finishes, including the polished nickel shown. Definitely a spa must-have. Kohler, $792


  3. Look to Natural Materials

    Look to Natural Materials

    There is nothing more evocative of the spa aesthetic than natural materials, like teak, bamboo and stone. If you love the look of river rock flooring but not the cost, here’s an inexpensive solution. The Black River Stone mat is assembled from hand-gathered stones and secured to a water-resistant backing, making it drain and dry easily. Viva Terra, $49

    Viva Terra

  4. Enlist a Tub Caddy

    Enlist a Tub Caddy

    There are few things as relaxing—or spa-indulgent—as a nice, long soak in the tub. This handsome wood Tub Caddy from Peg & Awl makes the “soak” that much more enjoyable by providing a convenient place to set a book, a cup of tea, or a glass of wine. The caddy is made of reclaimed oak beams and finished with two coats of pure tung oil, making it water resistant and easy to clean. Etsy, $20

    Peg & Awl

  5. Listen to Your Playlist

    Listen to Your Playlist

    The SoundDock Series II Digital Music System from Bose belies its compact size—6.65”H x 11.91”W x 6.48”D and just 4.56 lbs.—with the unparalleled performance for which the brand is known. Compatible with both iPods and iPhones, the unit comes with a remote control that offers basic iPod functions including playlist navigation. An added bonus: the iPod charges as it plays so you can enjoy music without interruption. Bose, $249


  6. Turn Up the Heat

    Turn Up the Heat

    The Myson Wall-Mounted Towel Warmer is an easy install for any bath, and one spa-like amenity that the whole family will enjoy. With eight warming bars that quickly, safely and evenly distribute heat to towels, robes or blankets, the unit is made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel and features a 4' power cord which plugs into a standard 120V outlet. Frontgate, $199


  7. Invigorate Your Soak

    Invigorate Your Soak

    For just pennies a day you can enjoy the rituals of a spa simply by adding natural, organic salts to your bath. Masada Mineral Bath Salts are imported in a pure, unprocessed extraction in natural form directly from the Southern Dead Sea in Israel. Each aromatic blend is designed to refresh, soothe and relax the bather in a uniquely personal way. Amazon, $29


  8. Take it Outside

    Take it Outside

    If you have a secluded rear deck, you can easily take the spa experience outdoors. This shower hooks up to a standard outdoor spigot and can be adapted for hot water with a hose splitter (purchased separately). Made of nyatoh, a water- and weather-resistant wood, it can be left to age naturally or treated with teak oil to maintain its dark finish. Orvis, $279


  9. Give Yourself a Massage

    Give Yourself a Massage

    Create your own whirlpool spa at home with the Thermal Spa Bath Mat Massager from Conair. Featuring an external motor pump, air hose and flexible tub mat insert, the device converts the standard tub into a relaxing, full-body whirlpool bath. A floating remote puts the controls at your fingertips so all you have to do is lie back, relax and enjoy. Amazon, $349


  10. Find a Shower Companion

    Find a Shower Companion

    If you have additional space in the shower, you can put it to good use with a simple spa accessory, like this corner-shaped, teak bath stool. The open slat design prevents soap and water build-up, while the integrated stainless-steel basket keeps shampoos and shower essentials organized and convenient. Brookstone, $199.99


  11. Upgrade Your Seat

    Upgrade Your Seat

    The Porcher Electronic Bidet Seat features both oscillating and gentle wash functions. It includes a warm air dryer with two speeds, automatic deodorizer and heated seat with three temperature settings. A built-in seat sensor activates functions when the toilet is in use; an economy mode reduces energy consumption when not. Amazon, $480


  12. Candles


    The spa experience is all about creating a mood, one that soothes the senses and promotes well-being. One of the easiest ways to create that mood is with the soft, flickering glow of candlelight. Cluster them on the vanity, window ledge or around the tub for a long, stress-relieving soak. And be sure to choose varieties that are infused with a relaxing scent like lavender, known to help in countering stress and fostering a sense of calm. Aroma Essentials, $25


  13. Add Some Comfort

    Add Some Comfort

    The vanity doesn’t have to be the only piece of furniture in the bathroom, particularly if you are lucky enough to have room to spare. You can soften the hard elements of any bath by adding a comfy upholstered chair or chaise. The London Chaise, with its modern update of the quintessential English-arm style, plump cushion and perfectly pitched back, would be a perfect complement to any room—even the bath. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, $4,245

    Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

  14. Remember the Kids

    Remember the Kids

    There is no reason why children should be left out of the home spa experience, particularly with innovative and fun products like the Alphie Hand Shower from Hansgrohe. Featuring two spray modes (regular and soft aerated), the shower wand is lightweight and designed to fit comfortably in a child’s hand. Amazon, $93


  15. Limit the Light

    Limit the Light

    The light surrounding your vanity needs to be reasonably bright for daily shaving and beauty regimens, but the room’s overhead illumination does not. Replace your existing ceiling fixture with something that provides a softer, more restful illumination—like the Harmon light, a flush-mounted ceiling fixture providing diffused light that is ideal for the bath. Restoration Hardware, $159-235

    Restoration Hardware

  16. Comfort Yourself with Cotton

    Comfort Yourself with Cotton

    A simple upgrade of your bath towels can impart the plush luxuries of a spa experience every time you step out of the tub or shower. These Greenwich Towels from Ralph Lauren are woven in a specially engineered "air rich" yarn, which gives them excellent absorbency and superior loft. Made of 100% cotton, the lint-free towels come in a rainbow of colors with monogram options available. Ralph Lauren, $6-30

    Ralph Lauren

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