Design Ideas: Outdoor Showers and Tubs

Clean up outside with our favorite outdoor showers and tubs, from over-the-top designer ideas to creative backyard DIY projects.
By: Leslie Judson and Liz Gray

Simple and Modern

This stacked wood shower brings style and function to the typically utilitarian outdoor bathing area. Take a tour of the rest of this modern-rustic outdoor room.

A Place to Relax

While outdoor showers are mostly about function, open-air tubs are pure luxury. Designer Jamie Durie set this bath in a private corner of the backyard amidst lush plantings to allow the homeowner to lay back and enjoy the view.

Bamboo Beauty

Trade typical plumbing for natural materials like bamboo and stone to create an organic shower that looks right at home in the backyard.

Rustic Bathtub

Designer Jamie Durie installed this Japaneses-inspired tub in his own backyard so he could bathe under the stars. Built with cedar planks, the unlined tub's joints tighten up when filled with liquid, creating a watertight vessel.

Surrounded By Nature

This simple shower's picturesque surroundings make it a relaxing place to clean up outside. A framed living wall adds interest behind the shower, while large shrubs and a tree lend privacy and natural beauty. A simple box filled with stone acts as the shower floor and adds another layer of design. Design by Doyle McCullar

A Place to Linger

This outdoor retreat by designer Christopher J. Grubb features a redwood pergola and a fire pit. A freestanding shower adds to the luxury factor. Photo by Scott Mayoral

Sculptural Tiles

An outdoor shower can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose. Textured tiles and a fluid, curved shape make this backyard utility a focal point.

Top of the World

This rooftop shower features a wooden enclosure for maximum privacy from prying neighbors. The soothing rainhead shower is connected to a tankless water heater for warm showers year-round.

Flip-Flop Stop

This Florida vacation home's porch shower is the ideal spot to wash off stray sand. Dubbed the "flip-flop stop" by owner and Rate My Space user IdeaMom, it's equipped with a towel rack and ample footwear and beach toy storage.

Weekend Project Shower

A few extra feet of fencing and a water source is all it took to create this casual outdoor shower. A sliding wooden door provides maximum privacy.

Simple Garden Shower

Rate My Space user suedel wanted a way to cool off after gardening, so her husband built this minimalist shower in their yard. Attaching the plumbing directly to a tree makes for a romantic, woodsy, almost au natural bathing experience.

Modern Country

This galvanized metal outdoor shower enclosure looks right at home in this vacation spot created from an old grain silo. Surrounded by miles of farmland, this alfresco shower has plenty of built-in privacy.

A Shower Fit for a Vineyard

The circular "tiles" in this round, custom enclosure come from a surprising source: old wine bottles. Designer Scott Cohen used the bottles to create a focal wall that lets light into the shower while maintaining privacy. An old wine barrel serves as the water spout.

Sleek Lines

A contemporary stainless steel fixture and frosted glass enclosure makes this outdoor shower refined enough to live inside the house. A adjacent dressing area adds convenience and function.

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