How to make a summer shower with your own hands: schemes of common designs

Nikolay Fedorenko
Checked by a specialist: Nikolay Fedorenko
Author: Tatyana Zakharova
Last update: August 2019

In the summer heat, after working on the beds or playing games with children, nothing compares to the freshness of a summer shower. A small neat structure on a sunny patch or just a compact fixture on the wall of a country house is a temporary replacement for the bathroom.

We will tell you how to build a summer shower with your own hands. In the article we presented, all types of constructions popular among summer residents are described in detail. Instructions are given for the construction of home-made showers that increase the comfort level of suburban life.

Popular summer shower designs

The shower device for a summer residence, which is usually installed near the wall of the house or at some distance from the building, is quite simple. Usually it comes down to a set of "volumetric tank + crane-watering can." The tank is mounted on the roof of a light structure, and the watering can should not be higher than at a distance of an outstretched arm.

But we will move away from the primitive designs of the summer shower and consider various models that differ in both their external design and the way of supplying water.

Shutter on a metal frame

A simple and affordable solution is a frame type product. It is a metal frame, in the upper part of which a water tank is attached. The capacity can be made from a barrel, but factory models are most often initially equipped with a flat tank of 100-200 liters.

Water enters the tank in two ways: it is pumped out of the water supply system (well, well) or worn by hand, in buckets. The second method is laborious, but sometimes it is the only possible one.

DIY cabin on the frame
An excellent solution for receiving water procedures in the summer is a mobile cabin with a shower and a washbasin attached to the outside. The function of the water storage tank is performed by a plastic barrel, securely fixed on top

The metal frame can be sheathed with sheets of polycarbonate, plywood or profiled sheet and equipped with a door, then it will turn into a closed shower. It is easy to move it from place to place and install where it is currently needed: in the garden, in the garden, near the house, summer kitchen or pool.

With the technology of building a summer shower with polycarbonate sheathing will introduce the articlededicated to the analysis of options and the construction of such structures.

Lightweight wooden structure

The construction sheathed with lining, boards, timber or siding is a more serious decision. If the project is designed for several years, it is recommended to make a foundation that will ensure stability and reliability. Sometimes enough metal racks dug into the ground, on which the whole structure is supported.

Semi-open portable model
A light semi-open portable model assembled from thin wooden planks mounted vertically and fixed with metal hoops. Suitable for plumbing areas

You can show ingenuity and create a unique structure that is both simple and stylish.

Shower with partitions
It is good to install such buildings near a pool connected to a water supply system. But any systems related to the water supply system are intended more for a cottage than for a country house of temporary residence

If a fully-equipped house is built on the site, wooden summer shower can be attached to the wall of the house, organizing the supply of water.

Wall shower
Wooden buildings and partitions can become an element of design if they are assembled from well-crafted wooden parts, and then coated with decorative paint or varnish

Wood is valuable in that it is perfectly combined with brick and wooden houses, fences, green spaces. In addition, it refers to soft, easy-to-process materials, so you can do it yourself by arranging a comfortable summer shower in the country.

As you can see, to create a comfortable cabin you do not need complex drawings and diagrams - a small amount of wooden parts and a little imagination are enough.

Capital building with tank

If you live out of town permanently or spend more than six months, a capital structure of brick, timber, foam blocks is useful. In order for the shower to be provided with water, the storage tank must be connected to the water supply system, and for using the room, even in October or early spring, heating can be done.

Roof shower tank
For the best functionality of the equipment, it is placed inside the building, under the roof. A watering can with a tap is mounted in the lower part, a tap for supplying water is fixed at the side, and on the other hand, a heating heater

When cold weather occurs, the system must be completely freed from water, otherwise it will freeze and disable all equipment.

An exception is made only if the building is insulated - for example, is an extension to the house and is partially heated by a common heating system.

House building with tank
A variant of a household building made of brick with a tank. Under one roof there are three rooms: a shower, a toilet and a change house, a separate door leads to each compartment

On device heated shower all parts can be purchased separately or buy a ready-made model.

Heated shower tank design diagram
Design diagram of a shower tank connected to a water supply system. TEN with a temperature regulator is fixed in the lower part of the tank, the water inlet is placed on top

Before the construction of the premises it is better to draw up a project - at least draw a diagram with all the significant elements, calculate the consumption of materials, draw up an action plan.

Scheme of a summer shower for a summer house from a wooden frame
Scheme of a summer shower for a summer house of a wooden frame sheathed with boards. The drive is mounted on the "roof". There are several ways to heat the water - the supply is already warm, heating the heater or the sun

When drawing up a project, it is worth remembering - the more serious the building, the more expensive it will be.

Two-section building with toilet

One of the popular options is a shower combined with a toilet. For ease of use, the two rooms of the bathroom are separated by a thin board partition.

There are two ways to get an entry:

  • one door and equipment of a small “dressing room”;
  • two doors leading to the premises from the street.

In the first case, extra space will be required to equip the vestibule, in the second - the costs of the second door.

Shower Entrance
Another option for entering the entrance is a small veranda. Indoor lighting is organized using small glazed windows, but electricity can also be supplied.

The shower is equipped according to standard principles: connecting water from a water supply system or installing a storage tank.

The design of the toilet may vary. Some summer residents are satisfied with the traditional version with cesspoolothers more economic do peat closet. Sewage wastes processed using peat can be used on the garden as organic fertilizers.

Practical owners are unlikely to use the territory of a summer cottage for the construction of several important objects - a shower, toilet and a change house. Most likely, they will create one structure for them, but with different entrances.

Outline of a summer shower with dimensions
Outline of a summer shower with dimensions. In addition to the shower room, there is a toilet, a dressing room and a storage room for garden equipment in the building

The choice of the size of each room depends on the availability of free space. Usually in the smaller compartment they make a toilet, in the large - a shower.

The following photo selection will introduce one of the options for constructing a complex construction of a shower-toilet:

The complex bathroom for the cottage is almost ready, it remains to sheathe the walls and finish the building inside:

Design details and instructions with a step-by-step description of the construction process of a complex building given here. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with useful material.

Open options without railing

If the country house has a stationary shower or a bathroom where you can wash in comfort, the summer shower is a lightweight open-type design, the main functional part of which is a watering can with a tap. It is installed directly on the street, near the house, pool or in the garden - depending on the purpose or ease of use.

Shower under a canopy
Shower under a canopy among garden plants. Pipes for supplying water and a watering can are mounted on the wall, with which the necessary space is fenced

Due to the ease of implementation of the project, souls can be turned into a decorative summer cottage art object.

Original shower for a summer residence
An interesting option in the form of a mosaic surfboard. It is convenient to use such a shower with a flexible hose after swimming in the river or swimming in the pool

For the installation of an open summer shower, a minimum of building materials is required.

Partition shower
A modern version of the southern shower in the form of two partitions. For the construction will require wooden bars and equipment for connecting water

One of the advantages of open models is its location directly in nature: among flowers and trees, near a pond or garden.

Natural style shower
Stylized shower in a natural style. The role of the pallet is played by a large flat stone, and the pipes for supplying water are mounted with a hollow tree trunk, on which the crane is located

The easiest way is to remove the pipe in the wall of the house and equip it with a watering can.

Outdoor shower at the wall of the house
One of the most popular modern solutions: arranging a summer shower near the wall of a house (summer kitchen) - a room in which there is always a water supply

If you need to block the open type of shower for a while, you can use a portable screen or a lightweight aluminum frame covered with a piece of fabric.

Shower Construction Instruction

As an uncomplicated sample for self-production, we present an open model that can be installed on any convenient site for use. This shower is not intended for full washing.

If there is a need to use it as the only alternative to the bath, you should erect a partition that closes the person taking the shower from prying eyes. Let's consider how to make a wooden country shower from boards.

Choosing a place on a summer cottage

The place to install lightweight construction must be selected based on the purpose of use. If it is necessary to rinse after swimming in the pool, it is logical to install the structure directly on the lawn or platform near the reservoir.

For bathing after work on the beds of the souls, it is better to install directly in the garden. A universal device is placed as close to home as possible so that any member of the family can see if the shower is busy.

DIY shower installation
If children will use the shower, it must be in the field of view of adults. A good place - near the porch, on the lawn or in the backyard

When equipping a shower, do not forget about the organization of water drainage. Sandy and sandy soil, on which lawn grass often grows, is a natural drainage that does not require additional improvement.

But clay soil does not allow water to pass through well, therefore it requires additional installation of a sump with a drain mechanism. Used water flows into a pipe leading to a ditch or filter well.

Designing and drawing

Choosing a place, you need to make a design diagram. We offer a ready-made version, which can be improved if necessary - supplemented with a pallet or screen.

The scheme of the device of the summer shower
The scheme of the device of the summer shower (side view): 1 - pipe holder with a watering can; 2 - wooden base; 3 - details of a wooden lattice

Installation of the holder with a water supply pipe is secondary, first you need to correctly calculate the base. For the convenience of calculating and creating a template, you can use a Whatman sheet.

Create Templates
The templates are prepared taking into account the fact that the base consists of 3 parts: the first two are two circles with holes in the middle in the form of a square, the top one is a lattice

Details are collected in the following order:

Assembly sequence
The two lower circles with square-shaped openings are built of four boards, the grating is made of thin strips with jumpers, the shower holder is attached using a metal corner

If the project is completed correctly, the assembly will not take much time.

Preparation of tools and materials

Timber is chosen as the main material for construction, so the tool kit will be standard:

  • a hacksaw or jigsaw for sawing boards into fragments and cutting rounded parts;
  • sandpaper for grinding the surface of all elements;
  • screwdriver for twisting screws.

You may also need a hammer, screwdriver, pliers, and wrenches to assemble shower equipment.

Screws for assembly parts
To prepare holes for self-tapping screws, a drill with a thin drill is required. Self-tapping screws are more practical than nails - if necessary (for repair or transportation) the structure can be quickly disassembled / assembled


  • boards 21 mm thick;
  • metal corners;
  • self-tapping screws;
  • pipe, shower head, shower faucet.

As you can see, the set is quite budgetary - if you wish, you can easily keep within 1000 rubles. All tools are best prepared in advance. Lumber is bought at a construction supermarket, shower equipment is bought at a plumbing store or a special department for a summer residence.

Assembly of a wooden structure

First, cut out and assemble the base using four boards. The surface of the boards is corrugated so that the water leaves or evaporates faster. We cut the boards so that on the outside we get a circle, and on the inside - a square.

Marking of parts for the shower
For measurement and accurate calculations we use a drawing tool. If there are no special devices, you can use a simple device for drawing a circle - a cord, on one side of which a nail is attached (for installation in the center), on the other - a pencil

We prepare two parts, then put one on the other.

Corner Mount
We fasten a metal corner on each side. Between the two corners will be installed support for attaching shower equipment

We connect the two parts of the base with self-tapping screws.

The base of the summer shower
To make the structure more durable, for the connection we use the triangular parts remaining when cutting the boards. Before mounting the rack, you should get such a two-layer workpiece with a pair of corners

We establish a rack between metal corners, we fasten. We pick up the top cover from thin boards or bars.

Grating device
Planks are not placed with a continuous coating, but with gaps so that the water immediately goes into the ground. To do this, between the wooden planks on both sides we put small identical cubes

Each bar at the edges is fixed with screws.

Cutting off excess parts
The remains of wooden elements that go beyond the boundaries of the circle, cut off with a jigsaw. For strength and aesthetic appeal, cover the lower part of the support with corners with a wide board

The wooden base with stand for attaching the shower is ready.

Installation of a watering can and crane

It remains to fix the plumbing equipment on the rack - a curved pipe with a watering can and a tap that regulates the flow of water.

Pipe Mounting
We fix the L-shaped pipe on a wooden support using a neat bracket, then we fasten the nozzle to the upper end, and the water supply hose to the lower end

You can use a regular watering hose, equipping it with a fitting for quick attachment to the pipe.

Shower tap
Lastly, we fasten the faucet - the simplest model with a crane-axle box, which can easily turn on the shower or shut off the water supply

By connecting the hose and turning on the water, we test the shower. If everything is correctly installed, water should flow without interruption, with sufficient pressure.

A guide for do-it-yourselfers, who walks you through the steps to make a shower tank, provides in the next articlein which you will find a lot of useful tips.

Conclusions and useful video on the topic

Some interesting ideas for arranging a country shower are presented in the following videos.

Video # 1. Beautiful combined bathroom shower / toilet in a marine style:

Video # 2. Bright design with a shower for relaxation:

Video # 3. Polycarbonate cab assembly:

To freshen up in the country, it is enough to design and install a light wooden structure or, if desired, a more serious structure with a toilet and water heating. The construction of a shower is not much different from the construction of another household building, however, you need to take care of the water supply and sewage system.

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  1. Victor

    When I decided to install an outdoor shower, I did not do a special building for this. In the courtyard there is an unfinished summer kitchen, without interior decoration, which we practically do not use, it is quite warm. Converted half the kitchen under the dressing room and shower, there is still enough free space. Maybe someone will need my idea.

  2. Nikolay

    Before installing an outdoor shower, you need to determine the place on the site. It is necessary to think that he did not bother anyone, but was not in the distance. And then it all depends on your imagination and financial capabilities. It is possible to erect capital structures made of brick and stone, and it is also possible to arrange temporary devices for taking a shower for one season. For example, I have a polycarbonate shower and a barrel brought to the roof of the building, the water heats up in the sun.