Tips for Installing an Outdoor Shower Enclosure

An outdoor shower with bamboo wall
  • 3-6 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-150
What You'll Need
Shower head
Wall materials
Post hole digger
Duck board

An outdoor shower enclosure can be very useful, especially if you have kids who spend copious time playing outside in the pool. It keeps dirt away and leaves everyone feeling fresher on a hot summer day. It’s not especially difficult to install an outdoor shower enclosure; all it takes is a little time and labor.

1. Depth

Your outdoor shower enclosure will be built around four posts. They should be made of treated lumber so that they can resist water damage. Ensure the enclosure is large enough before you begin digging for the posts.

Use a post holer for the job. Make sure you go deep enough. Each post should be buried to a depth of at least two-feet to be fully secure. Check the depth with a tape measure. Use posts that are eight-feet long so the outdoor shower enclosure is tall enough above ground.

2. Concrete

person holding a post hole digger

Once you’ve mixed the concrete and set it in the holes around the posts, use a level and supporting timber to ensure the posts are straight on all sides. The posts need to be straight and properly supported until the concrete has fully set.

3. Sides

The sides can be made from boards which are nailed horizontally to the upright posts. Only enclose three sides of the outdoor shower enclosure. As with the uprights, you should use treated wood that won’t rot from exposure to the water. The boards don’t need to overlap. You can also use a variety of other materials that suit your needs and style.

4. Sealer

Once you have the uprights and the three walls of the shower enclosure in place, you should use a water sealer on the wood to protect it. Even treated wood needs that to take care of the frequent water.

5. Floor

outdoor shower head mounted to a post

You don't want a plain dirt floor. That will quickly result in muddy feet. Instead, make or buy a duck board of the appropriate size. Duck board is slatted wood that will raise you from the dirt and keep your feet clean during the shower. It’s a small investment that does a very important job.

6. Water

Consider the water. If it’s coming from an outdoor faucet, all you need to do is run hose along the yard and over the top of the outdoor shower enclosure. Attach a showerhead. If you’re planning to use collected rainwater to supply your shower, ensure that the water butt is at a higher level than the showerhead. If it’s not, gravity won't work in your favor. You can put it on a hill or build a stand to accommodate it. Put a fine mesh over the butt to keep dirt and insects away from the shower.