How to create an outdoor bathroom for a truly decadent summer

Take the tub outside...

There’s constant talk about bringing the outside in... Filling our homes with plants and flowers to lift the spirits and feed the senses. But what about taking the inside out? Try creating an outdoor bathroom for a real garden oasis.

It may sound a little extravagant, but a vintage tub or shower in the garden makes a lovely feature – and it’s increasingly popular; you’ll find many a spa and hotel with a well-appointed outdoor tub. And, whilst a homemade garden spa may not be fed from a hot mineral spring or sat in a woodland setting, there’s much that can be achieved at home.

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The team at natural furniture store Indigenous have put together four simple steps to help you create an outdoor bathroom to make the most of your time spent at home this summer. Now, who's running the bath?

How to create an outdoor bathroom at home:


Bateau-style tubs, with their symmetrical shape and gentle sloping ends, are just perfect for creating a garden spa. Most are made of copper, tin or nickel and all of these materials retain heat really well. They’re also surprisingly light, so easy to move around – and undeniably beautiful.

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Oxidised Copper Bath Tub, £2,650; Branchwood Coat Stand, £150; and Butterfly Chair, £300, all
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Choose a spot with a view, if you have one, or create an intimate nook. Surround the tub with plants and herbs, string fairy lights nearby and create something lovely for all the family to enjoy.


Practical considerations are important. You’ll need to be able to fill the tub, preferably using a hose from taps with a hot water supply. In terms of emptying, you could direct the water straight to a drain or, failing that, let it soak into the garden as you would a paddling pool.

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For a true haven, make sure to use eco-friendly bathing products, or forage and make your own from herbs and petals. Don’t forget a well-appointed stool for drinks and snacks, and a hook for a towel or bathrobe. Then, just wait for a glorious summer afternoon… or a balmy night with a starlit sky.

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If space doesn't allow for a tub, why not fashion a shower using beautiful brass? This delicate, urban design will withstand the elements and provide you with a quick and easy way to cool off in the summer sun.

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