Take your napping to the next level by transforming a claw foot tub into a relaxing day lounger, combining two favorites into one: style, and napping.

The classic aesthetic of the claw foot tub shouldn't just be relegated to the bathroom, but celebrated out in the open for all to admire. This real cast iron bathtub was transformed from a stationary soap suds station, into a rolling relaxation retreat, complete with an operable light that looks like a shower head.

The entire inside has been carpeted, and there's an electrical outlet in the drain to plug in your electronics, keeping them charged while you rest and recharge. Take the comfort of falling asleep in a tub, but forgo getting wet.

Follow along and I'll show you how I took an almost abandoned classic claw foot tub to a unique piece of furniture that everyone is envious of.

Ready, steady...Let's make!

Step 1: Supplies

You're going to need a tub, obviously. The type of tub and what it's made from is up to you. I wanted an authentic claw foot tub, which are cast iron. Since this tub is going to be painted and carpeted, there was no need to go new, so I bought one off the classifieds for cheap (it had been in someone's backyard for "a decade or so").

Shop around, you can probably find a tub like I did for under $100. Here's what I used to bring this tub back to life:


Tub Frame:

Shower Light + Power:

Love the idea, so many stages. The rollers were a great idea. The plug in the drain perhaps should have been a GFCI. Instead of carpet, if I had the time I might try spraying the outside of the tub with a rhino liner. and then the inside with a rubberized spray. Custom washable cushions could be inserted for comfort.You got my mind churning, thanks for sharing!
<p>well done!</p>
<p>coo project! but I would suggest to make some kind of seat modification. because bathtubs like these are terrible for your back) and outlet in a drain? really? </p>
<p>Oh my word! This is so ridiculously COOL! Thanks for sharing :D</p>
<p>I really loved this project and would like to make for myself. </p><p>I just wonder if its safe to have power outlets inside the tub?</p>
<p>How is it unsafe?</p>
<p>Nice. But I would get a qualified electrician to review your electrical work before Mike Holmes gets in there to do it right...</p><p>The tub is not properly grounded, switches and receptacles not backed in junction boxes, wire splices not to code, dimmer may not be suitable for use with LED lamps, floor outlet not a covered floor receptacle, liquids would drain into the outlet - coffee, beer,... ,no bath grab rail installed nearby, etc. etc...</p>
<p>I agree.</p>
<p>Not usually a fan of the electric police, but I don't believe I would put that outlet in the drain. And I would have put the dimmer where it would be easier to use, say under the curved rail of the tub close the the head end. That lever is a cute idea, but if used by the person in the tub they will have to be more agile than I am. I admit that wouldn't take a lot...but still. To satisfy the electric codes just put a free standing floor lamp at the head end. Or even mechanically fasten a commercial lamp to the tub. If the lamp is coded to be safe to touch then anything it touches is also. </p><p>All those seams in the carpet also detract from some serious hard work. How about a special made cover for a fitted foam mattress? You did some serious professional work, but the carpet is gross amateur work. </p>
<p>Aww, now you dragged in the carpet and floorlaying trades. Yes, they do have carpet seaming tape for just such a job. A good carpet seaming iron should be available for rent too.</p>
<p>Never going to be able to hide those carpet seams without cutting it in the tub and cutting both edges at once, laying the down and cutting two more. Unless both edges are cut at the same time, gaps will occur. </p>
<p>I would then suggest he do a Peter Max inspired paint job on the outside and make it shagilicious on the inside but then it would be too groovy to have in the office.</p>
<p>How dare you speak His name without a faulty Canadian contractor to point the finger at....Oh. :)</p>
<p>Very cool idea. My issue would be with the hardness of the tub on the bottom. I would probably add thicknesses of rug at the bottom or lots and lots of pillows. Sounds like the people in your office are enjoying it. Thanks so much for sharing. People in the Berkeley area can possibly find tubs like this at Urban Ore on Ashby near the freeway.</p>
This in an awesome idea! I'd love to be able to make my own! I definitely would have done a few things differently, but thats just personal opinion. Thanks for the great instructable, and the awsome idea!
<p>Glad you like it! I hope you're inspired to make something unique, I'd love to see your results!</p>
I'm actually looking into buying a tub or two today. I showed my roommate your instructable and she wants to make one now too! I'll be sure to post pictures when it finished. Though it'll probably take a LONG time. Lol.
<p>Honestly I'm impressed with how much work you did, also with the level of craftsmanship. Your photos of the base showed how well you can fabricate. But that light while it's cute, doesn't work. And I really wish you would fix that carpet. Leave the knob on the foot, it can be operated by foot, but the light is almost useless at the foot. Cannot read by it. </p>
<p>Thanks for the kind words. The light is actually movable, held in place with a large magnet which stick to the side of the tub. You can <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Nap-Tub/#step34" target="_blank">see this in Step 34</a>.</p><p>The light is placed at the foot of the tub for the photo shoot. Sorry if that wasn't so clear. </p>
<p>WOW, Awesome Project. The Caster Wheels were an awesome surprise and very needed for this project. Very well done...</p>
<p>The dimmer switch was the piece de resistance!</p>
<p>Ha Ha! You are crazy, you do realize, don't you? </p><p> This is a remarkable, cool, unique idea. I love the way you took the time to do it right, you didn't just sloop through it. Four stars!</p>
A fan to clamp on the edge would be a perfect upgrade. Do the casters lock? or is it so heavy you don't have to worry about it moving when you get in it?
<p>A fan is a great idea! I had to put all the extras on hold as I was already in really deep with this build and wanted to complete it. A shower curtain for privacy was another idea that ended up not being included. There's always time to add these in later, though.</p><p>The casters have a screw lock, but you don't really need them once you're inside; your weight plus the hundreds of cast iron pounds keep things stationary. </p>
<p>I don't understand why you tapped the frame where the mounting bolts go through. The tapped hole in the feet are what holds the frame to the tub. It seems like a through-hole in the frame would make for a tighter fit.</p>
<p>Some of the threads in the feet were blasted out when the seized nuts were drilled to be removed. I think I only had to tap one part of the frame to make it work.</p><p>Great detail question!</p>
<p>Would make a nice display for a plumbing store for a bathroom showroom. Maybe put the outlet in the overflow hole. Hardware stores sell chrome eschusions for a nice fit around the outlet.</p><p>Very clever idea. Hopefully this cast iron tub is on the first floor. My husband has had to remove them from upstairs bathrooms &amp; has had to use a sledge hammer to break it up to bring it downstairs. They were a-plenty many years ago when people were changing to acrylic &amp; fiberglass tubs but now they are not easily accessible anymore..but they are still there. I know they make plastic ones now but it is not the same effect as the old style cast iron one. Great job &amp; I love the claw feet on it. Enjoy it !</p>
<p>Oooooh, what a sweet, cozy, safe space. I have a tub too! I am going to put a shelf on the wall to hold my coloring books and crayons! Loooove it!</p>
<p>Very unique. All that hard work. </p><p>We gave away our tubs when our girls stopped equestrian competition. </p><p>Oh, yes, the tubs supplied water for a horse for a week at a time.</p>
<p>I always said it takes a lot of hard work to be lazy !!! J'adore votre baignoire sieste :)</p>
<p>Genius! I love the idea of the dim switch for the hot water handle.</p>
This is fantastic! I like step 21 best.
Very unique. How comfortable is it? I wonder if it should have a layer of padding under the carpet.
<p>You'd be surprised, the shape of the tub makes it really comfortable even without padding.</p>
This is brilliant! :D
<p>I love having this in the office! It's so comfy!</p>

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