Extra Shower Storage With a Repurposed Bath Caddy

3 Materials
1 Hour

Lets face it, built-in showers never have enough storage. Here’s an easy fix, no drilling of tiles or scratching of glass doors with metal holders involved.

Does it ever occur to buidling developers that people don’t shower with just soap on a rope? In our holiday apartment the only place for the teenage girls to put all their bottles is on the window ledge, on the 1st floor, right above the front door. It’s a domino set waiting to be knocked over.

The other problem with shower storage is that whatever you use has to stand up to water. Which is why most storage caddies are plastic. So here is another solution provided that you have an old wooden bath caddy and your tiles suck up to suction cups.

I bought a rather crusty bath caddy at a charity shop. After an initial wash with a scrubbing brush, we used a hack-saw to shorten the arms to about 4cm each.

Then, using an 8mm wood drill bit, we drilled a hole into each arm. The size of the holes depends on how thick the rope is that you plan to use.

I sanded the whole thing down to get rid of dirt and varnish, then wiped it with a damp cloth.

I strung it up and gave it a coat of white Rustolem primer.

Followed by a coat or two of oil-based paint (which I hope will be okay if it gets wet).

Oh yes, my shower head slopes downward so the previous night I added a large blob of silicone sealer on top of the pipe, a slight distance away from the wall. This acts as a stopper to prevent the caddy from sliding down.

Back to the caddy: I threaded a length of nylon rope through each set of holes.

And tied both ropes together in the centre. I used a bit of hot glue inside the knot as an extra measure and trimmed the extras.

There was just one major flaw with my design once in use- touching it creates a see-saw effect - a bit of a no-no when you are desperately grasping around for the face cloth with soap in your eyes. So I added some suction cups to the back with a glue gun. You could probably also use silicon. Of course this will only work if your tiles are smooth enough for the cups to stick to.

But once that problem was sorted out, we had a nifty extra shelf.

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1 question
  • Sherry
    on Jan 11, 2021

    why does the piece you painted outside look like a 6ft bench?

    • Kathy
      on Jan 11, 2021

      It is the angle the picture was taken

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