How to Build a Rustic Outdoor Shower


Showering in the outdoors is an exhilarating experience. Outdoor showers need not be fancy to be functional. Installing a rustic outdoor shower is a practical project fit for the frugal bather. This plan does not compromise on privacy or aesthetic appeal. Old barn board is the perfect choice for a rustic shower enclosure, especially for those who love the shabby-chic look. There is also plenty of room inside this shower making it a excellent fit for those with sturdier builds.

Things You'll Need

  • 7 pressure-treated 4-by-4-inch wood posts, 8 feet long
  • Circular saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Post hole digger
  • Gravel
  • Drill
  • 6-inch wood screws
  • Hand tamp
  • Old scrap barn board
  • 3-inch wood screws
  • Pea gravel
  • Hose


  • Cut three of the 4-by-4 pressure-treated posts in half. This will leave you with six 4-foot long posts. These are the stretcher posts for the shower. The remaining four uncut posts are the legs for the shower.

  • Select a level location with excellent drainage to construct your shower. Measure out a 4-by-4-foot square on the location you selected.

  • Dig a post hole measuring 2 feet deep and 8 inches wide in each corner of the 4-by-4 square. These are the holes for the legs of the shower. Put a small amount of gravel in the bottom of each hole to prevent water from pooling under the legs.

  • Place one of the shower legs in each hole. Do not fill the hole in yet.

  • Place one of the stretcher posts in between two of the legs on one side of the shower. Slide the stretcher down, so it is 4 inches above ground level. Screw the stretcher in place by screwing through the legs on either side and into the ends of the stretcher. Use three 6-inch wood screws on each side.

  • Install a second stretcher in between the same two posts, 4 inches from the top of the posts. Install this stretcher in the same manner you did the first.

  • Repeat Steps 5 and 6 on the opposite side of the shower. The stretchers support the legs and hold up the walls.

  • Install a stretcher across the back two legs, 8 inches from the top. Install a second stretcher across the back, 8 inches from the bottom.


  • Fill the holes around the legs of the shower. Pack the dirt firmly down around the posts using a hand tamp.

  • Cut the old scrap barn board down into 6-foot lengths. Place one of the pieces of barn board across the two stretchers on one side of the shower, parallel with the legs. Screw the board to the stretcher. Repeat to attach the barn board all across the back and both sides, leaving a 1/2-inch space between each board.

  • Spread 3 inches of pea gravel on the ground inside the shower. This will help drain water away from the shower.

  • Attach one end of a garden hose to a water source. Hang the other end of the hose over the back wall of the shower. Turn the water source on to start the shower.

Tips & Warnings

  • Leave the hose in the sun for a while before turning on the water source for a hot shower.
  • Use protection and wear safety protection when operating power tools.

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