Tiny House Shower Ideas [Make the Most of Your Tiny Shower]

by Tessa Hobart | LAST UPDATED July 2, 2021

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Tiny houses are a great investment. They’re significantly cheaper than a standard-sized home, they take up very little space and leave a lot of open space on your property, and they can save you quite a lot of money on both electricity and power bills.

However, the overall small size of the tiny homes can also cause some significant issues. Specific zoning laws might pose a problem, and the size of the houses might be a bit too cramped for a family that’s any larger than two people, but those aren’t the issues that we want to address today.

If you’re interested in learning more about the pros and cons of tiny houses as a whole, we’ve covered that in detail. As for today’s article, the main topic that we’re going to cover is the issue of the limited shower space and how you can solve it.

Tiny House Bathroom

Having a small house means that you’re going to need to be smart when it comes to interior design. You’ll need to use your limited floor space well, and you’ll need to figure out how all of the pieces fit together.

This means knowing the dimensions of everything from the couch to the kitchen sink before figuring out if you can use them for your tiny house. This is especially true when it comes to the bathroom design since you need to know where the pipes connect ahead of time.

Tiny house builders don’t actually have set dimensions for the shape of the bathroom space, but while you can modify both the length and the width during the planning stages, you’ll still have limited room to work with.

A tiny home bathroom usually can’t exceed more than 3 meters in length and 2 meters in width, or vice-versa. This leaves very little space for you to be able to fit the bathroom sink, the toilet, and the shower, let alone something like a washing machine and a dryer.

When you’re dealing with such a small bathroom, the first thing that many people think to cut is the shower. 

They do this because a standard fiberglass shower base is around 1x1 meter and takes up too much space. The other reason why they do this is that there are plenty of options when it comes to alternative tiny house showers that can help you fit everything that you need in the bathroom.

Shower Ideas

Before we go into our choices of tiny house showers, we should mention that all of our choices are suited for off-the-grid living, but they’ll also need to be connected to a piping system or at least a blackwater or greywater container in order to use them indoors.

Unfortunately, getting rid of the shower stall also means that you’re going to need to rely on your bathroom drain to gather all of the water that you’re going to be using.

Luckily, tiny house toilets usually have a drain system even if they’re installed on a trailer that doesn’t have any pipes connected to it, so you should be covered. However, in the unlikely case that you don’t have a functioning water draining system, you need to hire a contractor to install a simple drain that leads to a container under the house.

With that out of the way, let’s get into the best tiny house showers that you can find.

Composting Toilet

tiny house showers composting toilet

Bet you weren’t expecting to find this as the first item in a tiny house showers list, but we promise that we have a good reason for including it.

We mentioned that the reason why most people get rid of their standard corner shower is that there isn’t enough space in the bathroom for a shower, a toilet, and a sink. What we didn’t mention is that you can also substitute your toilet as well.

Getting a composting toilet instead of a standard flush toilet can give you enough space for you to be able to install a proper shower with glass shower walls and a hook-up for the showerhead.

You’ll easily be able to place the toilet wherever you see fit and move it into the toilet when you need to use it, and move it out when you need a bit more space for showering.

This is one of those bathroom ideas that not a lot of people go for because having a standard toilet is much more convenient than having a standard shower. Unless you’re used to off-grid living, dealing with all of the necessary preparations to use the toilet can be a real pain.

The off-grid showers are much simpler to set up and use, and they’re much easier to clean. This means that no one other than off-grid enthusiasts will likely consider this option, and most people will simply go for the easier solution for the small space problem.

Portable Outdoor Shower

tiny house showers portable outdoor shower

Despite the name, the portable shower can be used indoors as well as outdoors. As long as you have a hook where you can place the showerhead and enough space to put a bucket of water in your bathroom, then you should have plenty of shower space.

There are plenty of different models of portable showers, like the B.TAWD Shower pump or the more compact Ivation Compact Handheld Rechargeable Camping Showerhead, but the main difference between all of them is the price and whether or not they come with a water container or if you have to provide one yourself.

These portable showers start at around $30, and most of them will stay under the $100 mark. They all have a shower head that’s connected to a built-in motor pump via a water hose. The showerhead is placed on a shower hook, while the pump is placed in a bucket or a container of water.

There really is nothing more to say here. All you do after you set up the shower is press the switch and get clean. We should mention that regardless of how far out you might live, you still might like to invest in a shower curtain or a Pop-Up Privacy Tent that you can hook the portable shower up to.

The tent is exclusively for outdoor use, but a shower curtain can keep you concealed while you’re outside and keep you from sprawling the entire bathroom while you’re showering in the bathroom inside.

Portable Water Heater

tiny house showers portable water heater

Another problem with the square feet limitation of your bathroom is the fact that you don’t have enough space to put in a water heater anywhere. This means that showering will be done by putting hot and warm water in a container and hoping that you got the balance just right.

Alternatively, you can go on Amazon, get yourself something like the Hike Crew Portable Water Heater & Shower Pump, and save yourself a lot of headaches. This item comes with a showerhead and a pump that are connected to a propane-powered square water heater in the middle. It comes with a built-in battery and DC/AC power adapters, meaning that you can use it just about anywhere.

It’s also equipped with pretty simple temperature control in the form of two knobs - one for the hot and one for the cold water. Finally, you’ll also get a carrying bag, making it a lot easier to carry wherever you need it.

This is pretty much the luxury option in terms of outdoor showers, which you can make even better by getting yourself a Vidalido Outdoor Shower Tent and MURO Portable Freestanding Soaking tub combo. After all, nobody said that off-grid showers couldn’t be relaxing.

Conclusion

It’s pretty easy to set up your own DIY shower in either your bathroom or your backyard, which means that you’ll easily be able to get over the limitations of the limited room in your tiny house bathroom.

All of the choices that we listed are pretty good options for just about anybody, so whichever one you choose will depend on nothing more than your own personal preference.

Tessa Hobart
Tessa Hobart moved into her first tiny home (a trailer in her uncle's backyard) when she was 19. Without giving away her age, she now has many years of tiny home experience and is currently designing an A-Frame as a second off grid home. She lives with her husband and enjoys card games and mountain biking.

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