How To Build an Outdoor Shower


If you decide to build an outdoor shower its easier than you think. An outdoor shower can complement a pool or just be used as a way to rinse off so as not to track any dirt into the house after a day in the garden. Plus, in the summer heat it can be fun to shower outside!

First you need to decide what type of shower you want. Must it be fully enclosed for privacy or can it simply be a shower head coming out from the wall? The latter is the easiest to install and with some decorative stone it can add some flair to your yard without taking up space.

Here’s a basic rundown of what you will need to build an outdoor shower.

Step 1: Mark Location, Install Plumbing
Determine the shower’s size and location on the rear or side of the house. Mark out the back wall of the shower on the side of the house using a measuring tape, pencil and level. Use a circular or reciprocating saw to remove the siding or shingles and expose the house’s interior walls. Hire a plumber to run hot and cold plumbing to the site.

Install showerhead and control and if you want you can be done right here. If you are seeking more privacy then keep reading.

Step 2: Build Privacy Screens
You can build privacy screens in a variety of ways. From a basic rollout bamboo screen that is supported by 2×4’s to a full cedar enclosure, the choice is yours. It all depends on your budget, skill level and time.

Step 3: Pour Concrete Pad
Plot out the dimensions of the concrete pad using stakes. Excavate the area to a depth of 8″. Use 1″ x 4″ boards to create forms to hold the wet concrete. Pour gravel to a depth of 4″ and tamp down to a level surface. Prepare pre-mixed concrete according to manufacturer’s instructions and pour it into the form. Work the concrete with a trowel until it is smooth and has the desired pitch. Let it cure for several hours.

Step 4: Enjoy the Shower
Add a towel rod for convenience and you can also setup an outdoor music station for added outdoor showering fun. It’s best to have a walkway already setup to the house so you don’t get your feed dirty after washing them and track dirt into the house.

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  • Reply
    August 22, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Consider showing an image that actually reflects the text instructions. These instructions are for a fully tiled, glass block shower stall.

    • Reply
      Charles & Hudson
      August 22, 2014 at 6:13 am

      Thanks for noticing this. We’ve updated the post but it’s not a complete outdoor shower tutorial but rather a guideline for figuring out what to do.

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        Danny B Allen
        October 30, 2015 at 11:07 pm

        I’m going to buy a cheap silent generator and a 100 litre copper tank try to get the 2 for under 100£. I shall use a pallet as a floor base and then 8 posts. 2 each corner. Just fixed to the pallet, no digging. About 7 foot tall as the structure an then use bits off another few pallets to fill the gaps 🙂 find hinges and door or make one. And also all the water will be rain water so better then the stuff that goes through taps these days.
        I know it’s been done lots of times before but hey I was wondering if anybody had any extra tips or advice please?

        Thank you

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    Devin Skelton
    April 10, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Now add some instructions for adding rain water as the gravity-fed source of water for the shower – in a black plastic barrel so it is solar heated water. That is on the plans for my outdoor shower – with a way to capture the used water to use again for watering the garden.

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      Charles & Hudson
      April 10, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Sounds like you’ve got quite a project going on. I’d like to see the final result if you can find those plans. Sorry I’ve got nothing else on it.

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    MD Jahangir Alom
    April 22, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I think it is a good idea to shower outside of the house in the summer. it can be so much fun to shower open sky.

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    Marko Tesla
    May 15, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    If you build this against your house, I think it would make sense to texture the surface and aggressively pitch the concrete pad so that water flows away from the house. It would also be good to add a drain and bury a pipe to carry the water a good distance away. Finally, a nice bamboo or teak bath mat would be a great addition as you could shim it to sit level and it would really break someone’s fall if they happened to slip

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