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Bathroom Mini-Renovation {Part 3: DIY Shower Storage}

Let me preface everything I am about to say with the simple unwavering truth that I love claw foot tubs. I think they are beautiful, add great character to a bathroom and I especially love old cast iron tubs when they’re in the homes they were meant for. With all that said, having a claw foot tub doubling as the only shower in our home can be a bit of a pain. There’s no storage, sometimes being encircled by shower curtains can create a bit of claustrophobia (akin to the E.T. quarantine scene), and the tub itself takes up a lot more space than a conventional shower stall, space that would be nice to have in our 6′ x 6′ bathroom. But, on the small budget set for this mini-reno, buying a ready made storage solution wasn’t an option and for a few reasons, not very practical.  So we quickly (about an hour) and cheaply ($18) made a storage solution for our showering supplies.


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I was able to find two ready made storage options for a clawfoot tub, a corner tower and a tray. The tray takes up too much space and the corner tower is what we used before, but it caused water to drip down onto the floor under the tub, which I definitely don’t want on my new floors. Then, I saw a great clawfoot tub storage idea on Apartment Therapy that when slightly modified works perfectly for us.

Before with text

Here’s what we used:

  • Two metal baskets  ($8 each)
  • Two hose clamps ($1 each)
  • Bolt cutters (borrowed from my Dad)
  • Flat head screwdriver

Here’s the original basket.

Original Basket

The white plastic handle grips peeled right off.

Basket with removed handles

Initially, we hung the first basket with the metal handles still attached. But, I didn’t really like the look.

With handles

So we used bolt cutters to remove the handles.

Hookes

{these will probably be good for something down the road}

To attach the baskets, we threaded the hose clamps through the wire of the basket and around the shower pipe. Then my husband tightened the clamps with a screwdriver.

hose clamps with text


 The end result was a simple weeknight project that greatly improved the functionality of our claw foot tub.

bathroom storage after with text

Quick side note: to hang our loofahs, I just slid an old shower curtain hook through a metal square in the basket – super easy. To see the original inspiring idea from Apartment Therapy, click here. To see before pictures of the bathroom and see my DIY privacy window, click here and here, respectively.

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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. mae #

    where did you find the baskets?

    September 12, 2013
    • Hi Mae,

      I found these baskets at Target. I also found ones of a similar size at Bed, Bath and Beyond, but they didn’t seem quite as sturdy. If you find other baskets that work for this project, I’d love to hear about it. Thanks!

      September 13, 2013
  2. Andrea #

    My bathroom is 3′ x 6′, so I definitely feel your storage and space pain!

    December 15, 2013
  3. Katie #

    Now that it has been a while, have the baskets gotten rusty?

    August 7, 2014
    • Hey Katie,

      For the most part, no. There is a bit of rust near the bottom of the lower basket near the shower pipe. Not visible though. It’s held up really well.

      Thanks!

      August 7, 2014
  4. Madeline #

    I wonder if I dip in the liquid plastic it will slow down process of rust? I can not wait to do this I have the same issue.

    November 16, 2014
    • Hi Madeline,
      Plastic might help – I’d be interested to know if it does!
      Thanks for posting!

      November 18, 2014
  5. Kelsey G. #

    Do you find that the weight of the shampoo, etc. is a problem for the riser? We just installed a clawfoot tub and love it so far, with the exception of storage solutions!

    November 23, 2014
    • Hey Kelsey,

      I haven’t had a bit of trouble with the sturdiness of these baskets! And, both my husband and I have added a few items to our baskets since installation. The hose clamps haven’t slid down the pipe at all. I also just went in there and started tugging on them – didn’t budge. :)

      I hope that helps. Thanks!

      November 24, 2014

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