Introduction: Luxury Shower - Under $60

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Every morning people across the world step into the shower. This time is a time of meditation and peace between the unpleasant annoyance that is the alarm clock, and the hectic work day that awaits. Often times, these few minutes are the only relaxing moments you will have for the next few hours if not all day. Why not spend just a few dollars and turn that relaxing moment into an extraordinary one!

It's not always feasible to spend a few thousand on remodeling the bathroom, but you know that we all want to have the luxury shower of our dreams. This luxury shower has 6 customizable shower heads that will make you the envy of any and all visitors and the best part - it can be done for under $60!

Step 1: Parts and Tools

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The shower can be made with limited supplies.

Parts:

  • Shower Heads - I used these as they were inexpensive and had great reviews on Amazon
  • 10 feet of 1/2 inch PVC pipe
  • Various pipe fittings that can be found at your local hardware store
  • 7/8" O.D 5/8" I.D. Flexible Pipe
  • 2 Stainless steal hose clamps
  • 6 feet of single jack chain
  • 3 eyes and s hooks

Tools:

  • PVC pipe cutters or hack saw
  • Paint
  • Pliers

Step 2: Plan

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Plan what the shower is going to look like and how many shower heads it will have.

Time for some math!

It's very easy to calculate the Gallons per Minute (GPM) that is able to be supplied by your shower. I wanted to know very accurately how much my shower could deliver. Using a bucket and scale, I measured the weight of the water over 30 seconds.

  • Weight of empty bucket - 2.3 lbs
  • Weight of bucket after collecting water for 30 seconds - 21.0 lbs
  • Weight of water inside bucket - 21.0 (lbs) - 2.3 (lbs) = 18.7 lbs
  • The weight of a gallon of fresh water is about 8.344 lbs per gallon
  • 18.7 (lbs) / 8.344 (lbs per gallon) = 2.24 gallons inside the bucket after 30 seconds
  • 2.24 (gallons per 30 seconds) x 2 ≈ 4.5 GPM

Knowing that my shower could supply 4.5 GPM, I went to select my shower heads. Wanting to have 6 shower heads, I knew that for each head to be operating at its full capacity, my shower heads needed to be rated at .75 GPM. Not finding any shower heads that I liked with that rating, I went with 6 heads with a rating of 1.5 GPM with the possibility of needing to reduce the number of heads later on.

A blessing and a curse for me is that I'm tall. And as many tall people are aware, most showers are not really tall person friendly. A must for me is that it needed to be tall. After measuring the width of the shower at just under 29 inches, I knew what parameters I had to work with.

Step 3: Cut PVC

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Using my limited space I decided on 7 pieces of 12 1/2 inch long PVC and 9 pieces of 1 1/2 inch long PVC. This would allow me to stay inside my constraints of my shower being 29 inches wide.

Step 4: Clean Parts

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I wanted a cleaner look than just PVC hung above the shower. So I soaked all my PVC parts in hot water to loosen up all the bar codes stuck to them (If you find the kind with printed bar codes on the part you don't need to do this step). Using a sanding attachment for my Dremel, I cleaned off all the knobs and logos from the PVC parts.

Step 5: Assemble

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Time to test fit and glue everything together. I used a very small amount of PVC cement to glue it together as to keep it looking as clean as possible.

Glue everything except the threaded part that will fit on the inlet to the shower. This will allow for easy installation in step 10.

Step 6: Paint

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This step isn't necessary, but I wanted my inexpensive shower to look as classy as possible.

Cover threads with painters tape and paint.

Once dry, attach shower heads.

Step 7: Anchor

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Using a stud finder, look for the floor joists in the ceiling to attach the eyes to (you don't want your recent project to turn into a concussion waiting to happen). Attach s - hook.

Step 8: Attach Chain

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Using a pair of pliers, open one of the links in your chain and wrap the chain around the pipe. Close link.

I chose to use 3 - 2 foot long chains to hang my shower. Depending on how large yours ends up being, you may need more or less.

Step 9: Hang Shower Heads

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Hang shower heads level above the shower stall.

Step 10: Install Tubing

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Heat up the flexible pipe on the stove in a pot full of water. I used an old pot so as to not worry about high temperature plastics somehow getting into my food.

Once hot, shove it onto the removable PVC piece that will attach to the shower heads.

Tighten down using a stainless steal hose clamp.

Reheat the other end of the pipe, slide on the hose clamp, and press onto the spout of your shower.

Attach PVC piece to the shower head.

Step 11: Done

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Put your shower curtain back up and you are good to go!

Go enjoy your new luxury shower!

Comments

Singularity74 (author)2015-04-15

Looks pretty cool, but just wanted to see if you used CPVC piping, not PVC. Your pic looks like CPVC, which is correct for potable water, whereas standard PVC is only for waste and drains. Standard white PVC can leach nasty chemicals, especially with hot water flowing through it. Just thought you may want to clarify in your 'ible for those that may want to tackle this themselves.

Great job, keep hacking!

Thanks for bringing this up. From my own particular research (please tell me if I'm wrong, I'm no plumber) as far as PVC vs CPVC is concerned that doesn't matter as much for an application like this. The pipe that I used was 1/2" ASTM Certified D1785 NSF Schedule 40 PVC pipe. Now back in the 70's there was a lot of issues with Poly Vinyl Chloride present in drinking water causing nasty things like cancer. Because of these issues, the government started to regulate the specifications of PVC. If you look at section 11.2.1.6 of the Standard Specifications set by the ASTM signifies that D1785 pipe is potable water safe. The only difference that I see between PVC and CPVC for this application is that PVC is only rated up to 140 °F where CPVC is rated up to 200 °F. The only issue I can see, is if you are taking a 150 °F shower, it might start to warp a bit.

I'm working on my upcoming PVC class today, and this comment thread really pleased me. You share some great tips in this i'ble - thanks for all the inspiration :D

244 Jake (author)tomatoskins2015-04-17

Dear Tomatoskins,

Great project you did, looks are different then fuction, Your's fits you desired fuction, a moment of peace!

I love the above, direct and correct answer you gave.

Some wash cars and trucks, to make their wheels look Good.

Others water the lawns, to make the home look good.

You wash with a real comforting spray, and You feel GOOD.

Wise move... Your work mate will enjoy a happier You.

- 224 Jake

seamster (author)2015-04-15

Droughts be damned!

This looks quite pleasant, although I'd probably have to install a larger hot water heater if I had this at my house. How long till your water runs cold?

tomatoskins (author)seamster2015-04-16

My shower used to last around 20 minutes with hot water, but now it sadly only lasts about 12.

TerryS45 (author)tomatoskins2016-02-07

You require a larger water or a On Demand heater. But do your homework for the on demand heaters. Location and distance to the faucets may cause heat loss.

AlternateLives (author)seamster2015-04-15

I'm no plumber, but based on the hookup, it looks like it won't take much more water than a normal shower.

rickycurrier (author)2015-04-16

Another possibility is to use 2 shower curtain rods to hold the weight of the assembly, this way you wont have to put holes in your cealing.

tomatoskins (author)rickycurrier2015-04-16

Oh, I really like that idea! That way you could still do this if you happen to have an all tile shower.

Lordii (author)2015-04-15

Cool idea, will definitely give me some ideas for my own bathroom. Also thanks for introducing the stud finder to me, never knew they existed, could of done with one a few months ago instead of me crawling round my attic. Thanks!

Craigart14 (author)2017-07-26

I made one of these last week; if I can do it, chances are a reasonably smart dog can do it. I did find shower heads with 1.25 gpm flow rates. The result is that the shower feels like standing in a summer rain that's just the right temp. I had an old hand held shower, so I used that to make the connection between the water inlet and the shower, eliminating the tubing and hose clamps. It works great!

tomatoskins (author)Craigart142017-07-27

What a great idea using the other hose! Glad this was able to give you some inspiration!

mariainst (author)2017-07-19

ha ha

pretty cool

NathanaelP3 (author)2017-04-27

Project was really easy and I modified it a little bit to meet my personal needs, but it works great.

MichaelM640 (author)2016-08-07

This could look even more fantastic with a Chrome Plasti-Kote finish. Maybe a satin Krylon Fusion paint. Also, this might use more water, but could make for shorter duration because it is more effective at getting you clean. I bet it would be really awesome with atomizing shower nozzles. Google Nebia for an example.

andrefierens (author)2016-08-07

Nice !

Great Job !

You Make the World a Better Place to live !

Deektec made it! (author)2016-03-21

Shower head and shower wand with an expansion for a shower spa later. I also included ball valves so I could isolate each shower head.

andrefierens (author)Deektec2016-08-07

Nice !

Great Job !

I like the "I Made It !" - Photo's

Tre'C (author)Deektec2016-06-17

nice

tomatoskins (author)Deektec2016-03-22

Hahaha that's excellent! I like the use of the extra shower curtain rod!

ChristianF88 (author)2016-08-06

People that shower with glasses are creepy.

gavinh6 (author)2015-11-03

Awsome job.

Seb Pattom (author)2015-10-09

This is so cool!!! I have always wanted those fancy showers!! Good job on this man!

russaw (author)2015-07-03

Great, dont know if I could convince my wife to let me try this but it is a great idea.

tomatoskins (author)russaw2015-07-04

Hahaha well if she ever does, post a picture!

Lil Smokie (author)2015-06-29

I will be making this asap!

gabe.spencer.3538 (author)2015-06-24

I've got the ceiling ripped out of my daughters shower area treating termites. I think this may just be a special surprise for her for being so patient. I'm planning on adding an access panel anyways and this would be great coming out of the ceiling. Thank you.

psuhas (author)2015-04-16

Great idea but seems like uses lot more water... thoughts?

fstedie (author)psuhas2015-04-16

Of course it uses more water - six times as much as a single shower head. Some folks don't care about that though...

KennethZ (author)fstedie2015-04-27

You aren't understanding that the piping supplying the water to his shower head is only going to supply about 4.5 Gallons per minute (GPM). Now matter how many heads he attaches, say 20, it will only divert the incoming 4.5 GPM water flow divided by the amount of shower heads installed. There is no way this setup uses "more water". It does dispense water over a greater area, but the flow coming in will not exceed the same old 4.5 GPM. Now if he changed the supply pipe to something that permits more water flow, then the volume of water and flow will increase, but not because of shower heads at the end point.

Good point Kenneth and theoretically he would be using LESS water because he measured his gpm at a lower height than the height of the installed shower heads. Since the water pressure diminishes as the height of the outlet increases, he's technically using less water. Many people think that the town's water tower is a place the city stores water... technically that's correct, but the actual purpose for the water tower is to provide water pressure. Pumps pump the water into the tower 24/7 and the height of the tower gives the water its pressure. So, if you build a building higher than the water tower, you would have no water pressure when you got to the level of the water tower, or compensating for others using the water it would be below the height of the tower. In this case you'd either have to put your own water tower on top of the building and pump water to it or you would have to use booster pumps for on demand pressure. The point of all this is, as Kenneth mentioned, 4.5GPM is 4.5GPM. Just like if you have a 350HP motor and add an extra axle or two more tires to the drive train, you're still stuck at 350HP. Having more shower heads won't decrease the resistance. That can only be achieved by having larger tubing off the water main. If I've confused you more I apologize and you may want to reference

http://www.pumpworld.com/total-dynamic-head-calculator.htm

fstedie (author)KennethZ2015-04-27

You are correct, only three times as much as a 1.5 gpm low flow shower head. I didn't read how much he was getting out of the main pipe...

Revanchist (author)fstedie2015-04-16

agreed... especially in apartment buildings where water is part of the rent!

peepshow (author)2015-06-18

This is great but proabbly not for California!

CandyLove11 (author)2015-06-08

Lol that's so creative!!!

CLullham (author)2015-05-21

Cool idea bro, but I think my water bills will rise sky high

Kutluhan (author)2015-05-16

Haha. I like it! Very good idea

danorul9 (author)2015-05-09

Great pics!! Nice one

RimstarOrg (author)2015-04-29

Awesome! And the shower just took no longer feels as satisfying, knowing that this is possible!

james.dougal.549 (author)2015-04-24

people the point wasn't to save water here!
it's like somone making a bugatti and asking about mpg? don't be daft!

but what a amazing build! ma friend who has a expensive shower with 12 nozzles will be jealous haha! ) He spent hundreds of £'s on it for same affect .....well he has a tv and a shower hear thats on the floor th st goes up but he never uses it and only uses 3heads! Haha

pssakal (author)2015-04-22

Which model is your watch :)

tomatoskins (author)pssakal2015-04-23

Oh, I have so many watches. But that one is a Toxic Metal Edge TX70218-C.

mikeasaurus (author)2015-04-22

Finally, luxurious shower-time available for the masses!

(and that GIF is perfect)

jackowens (author)2015-04-20

Brilliant!!!

4allalan (author)2015-04-20

Lowes Home and Garden sells plastic chain that might work to hang this great idea in my next bathroom.

e-Brain Battulga (author)2015-04-20

pretty cool

eladejarl (author)2015-04-16

Don't we waste enough water already?

Spokehedz (author)eladejarl2015-04-16

It's not wasted. It's not as if it is food being thrown out, it goes back into the sewer and gets treated.

Fun fact: The water you drink every day was dinosaur pee at some point.

lclaiborne (author)Spokehedz2015-04-16

Fresh water is limited. Once it's sewerage, it can go anywhere including swamps and salt water environments. Just because water is water doesn't mean it's cycling back into the drinkable fresh water supply.

Two or three low flow shower heads would be just as good, and yes the amount of water used should be looked at. We pay for it. And overwhelming the hot water heater is a factor too.

That said - this is a genius idea!

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