How can I build a storage cabinet over an unused bathtub?

by Jo

In my master bathroom, I have a shower stall and a separate bathtub. We never use the bathtub, and since it is a small bathroom with not much storage room, I would like to build a storage cabinet over the unused tub. I would like to leave the tub in place, so when we ever sell the house, we can put it back to its original bathroom. I am not interested in making a bench over the tub but rather cabinets.

  5 answers
  • Gail Gail on Nov 04, 2018

    An easy way & likely less expensive way to both do & undo is to put a "cut to fit" piece of 3/4 inch plywood over the tub & paint or stain as desired. Then put a shelf unit or cabinet on top of the plywood. A set or 2 of plastic drawers maybe or even possibly a lighter weight dresser on top might work. Check out cabinets at a local Home improvement store as well. It should slide in place easy with your wood base.

    Hope this helps.

  • Barbara Morgan Barbara Morgan on Nov 04, 2018

    I agree with Gail, but I think the void in the tub under the plywood would make a great storage space for seldom used items. (Think Christmas ornaments)

  • Nancy Fisher Nancy Fisher on Nov 04, 2018

    My Mother has her unused tub full of pretty storage boxes. The shower curtain is kept pulled all the time so it really doesn't need to be so fancy. Her tub has the fiberglass surround so she can't really build above it. You could also mount a clothes hanger rod above the surround and use it for hanging clothes. Or if you can find a sideboard or dresser the right size to set in the tub straight, you could paint it to match.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 08, 2018

    This project might help:

  • Deb K Deb K on Jul 04, 2023

    Hi Jo, hope this helps you out.