DIY Outdoor Heated Shower

A few years back, Emily Hirsch and Erick Steinberg created an outdoor shower for their camp and shared it here on the blog. We thought it was worth a reblog since summer is just around the corner, and how fun is it to shower outdoors (especially when it's heated). Check out the how-to below.

In their version, they sourced the water from their cabin sink faucet--which means warm water! Read below for how to DIY your own--it's surprisingly simple!
You'll Need:
-Two, 2"x4" pieces of wood, cut to 30" long each
-8, 3" nails
-Smooth stones
-Nearby tree
-Hose long enough to reach from kitchen window to the desired tree 
-Flexible shower head
-Adapters for hooking up hose to shower head. NOTE: this will vary based on size of your shower head, so make sure you bring the hose and shower head to the hardware store to make sure you're getting the correct size! For us, we needed: 1 dual male/female 3/4" garden hose adapter and 1 garden hose washer to hook up the hose to the shower head
-Adapter to connect sink to hose. For us this was: 1 garden hose male by 3/4" female pipe thread.

1.) First, we are going to make the drainage system where you stand when taking the shower. To do this, measure out 15" on each of your two pieces of 2x4s and mark with a pencil.

2.) Saw in them both in half where you made the mark (you can skip this step by having the hardware store cut them for you).

3.) Nail together two pieces of wood so that they form a 90" angle. Repeat on all sides so that you have the frame of a square.

4.) Place the frame under the tree where you're setting up the shower and fill with smooth stones.

5.) It's time to connect your hose to the sink with the adapters you picked out at the hardware store. Also at this time, connect the shower head to the other end of the hose.

6.) Now that the hose is connected to the sink, guide the hose outside a window to the desired tree. Twist the rope up the tree until you get to desired branch. Depending on how much slack you have, you will have to wrap the hose a few times around the trunk to make sure it's taught.

7.) Now that the shower head is threaded to desired branch, secure it in place with a little piece of rope. 
8.) Turn on the sink to turn on the shower and enjoy!

Jan Halvarson


Taste of France said...

When I was in Peace Corps in Africa, I didn't have running water. But I had hot showers--just fill a black plastic jug and leave it in the sun. With one of those talc powder caps, you can "turn on" a shower. I think there are similar setups for sale that hold water for more than one shower.
Free hot water, thanks to the sun.

Lissie said...


Jacqueline Elliott said...

That's ingenious! Amazing work :)