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Great ideas for an indoor person soaking tub

Gail Moore

Joined: Jul 09, 2011
Posts: 152
Location: south central Appalachia, southwest Virginia, US zone 6/7
Do you have ideas for a great indoor soaking tub with a drain, which can be finagled to work in a bathroom with only a shower stall?

In searching for a great portable bathtub, so far I've come up with a 100 gallon livestock water tank with a drain plug at the bottom.

I've lived in places with only a shower stall, large or small. And may be moving to a place with a larger rectangular shower stall which has a seat in each of the two inner wall corners. The front edge of the stall is a few inches above the floor.

The bathroom is very large, so that a wheelchair can turn around in it. I can use part of that floor space for footprint of the tub, as I do not have a need for a wheelchair at this point in life.

A claw foot tub would not work in this situation, too heavy, too cumbersome.

I'd like to have something which might partly sit on the outer edge of the stall and then maybe on some chunks of wood or ? for supporting the tub part sticking out of the stall over the floor.

Having a drain plug or such is a definite yes.

What creative ideas have others come up with for this type of situation?

I've seen the "portable tubs" on amazon and such, where the water has to be scooped out. These are not what I'm looking for either.

Many thanks in advance of your answers.


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R Scott

Joined: Apr 13, 2012
Posts: 3050
Location: Kansas Zone 6a
The stock tank was my tub and shower pan while living in my barn building my house. They will work for what you want, BUT...

They need a solid even sloped floor, you will need to build a platform with something that won't rot.

They are HUGE and take a LOT of water to fill up, more hot water than most people can make.

If you pick the size carefully or have unlimited hot water, they are pretty nice.
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marty reed

Joined: Dec 09, 2010
Posts: 120
you could use or make a collapsable box put a pool liner in and a plug in the bottom that way you could store it fairly easy
Kendra Nelson

Joined: May 09, 2012
Posts: 19

This shows a picture of a Japanese style soaking tub. It might give you some ideas. The Japanese have been using wooden barrels for centuries. They seem simple and yet beautiful. I don't know how hard it would be to make your own, but then again the Japanese have been making and using them for centuries.
Gail Moore

Joined: Jul 09, 2011
Posts: 152
Location: south central Appalachia, southwest Virginia, US zone 6/7
Oh, thank you for these brilliant ideas. They are definitely food for thought in this process.


and feel free to share more, if anyone else comes up with ideas.
R Scott

Joined: Apr 13, 2012
Posts: 3050
Location: Kansas Zone 6a
I always wanted one of these:

Dale Hodgins

Joined: Jul 28, 2011
Posts: 5496
Location: Victoria British Columbia-Canada
Retired hot tubs are abundant and free. Glass over the jets and install a snorkel stove or rocket stove.

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Deb Stephens

Joined: Dec 03, 2011
Posts: 313
Location: SW Missouri, Zone 6b-7a
You can't get much more portable (or cheap) than a kid's wading pool, and some of them do have drain plugs. You can also cut a 55-gallon plastic barrel (the kind with a non-removable, fixed top) in half lengthwise with a jigsaw, and build a cradle to hold it. It may be a bit short for stretching out in (unless you are under 3 feet tall) but it won't take up much space, and it holds a lot less water than a stock tank! What's more you can either dump it by upending it into the shower, or unscrew the small fitting (the cap) on the top end to drain it. We use these as water troughs for our goats -- they are easy to make and clean.
Peter DeJay

Joined: Aug 10, 2011
Posts: 104
Location: Southern Oregon
I've always wanted to use a stock watering trough. They are deep and perfectly shaped to lay in.
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