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Do you have a bathtub that you are not using, but you can’t remodel because the timing is not right? Well, why not turn that bathtub into a bathroom bench! Find out how in this easy tutorial!

Create a Bathroom Bench from an Unused Bathtub - Kingston Crafts

We have been living in this house for almost three years…and almost every day for those three years I have been lamenting that the tub in our master bath is an eyesore.

empty unused bathtub in bathroom

Neither Don nor I are bath takers, so there it sat – empty, taking up LOTS of room and gathering dust (and all other kinds of weirdness) with no useful purpose whatsoever.  We were told by our realtor that we couldn’t take it out,I scoured the internet for some useful ideas (surprisingly – “unused bathtub” isn’t a high traffic topic on the world wide web), came up with a vague idea for a seating area, but mostly I’d resigned myself to staring in to the vastness of the empty bathtub for all eternity.  Until my friend Erin came along.

Erin is one of those people who will tell you she isn’t crafty, but who one day just casually mentioned that she builds furniture for fun.  So after hearing me whine for the 69000th time about my bathtub she said “I’m coming over to measure, I’m going to build you a bench”.  Now – it should be noted here that my hubby (Erin’s too) was deployed at the time.  I don’t want his manhood (ie: ability with power tools) to be called in to question – I’m sure he would have built me a lovely bench 7.5 years from now.

So build she did – with some plywood cut just shy of the length of the tub and a few 2x2s around the base of the bench and across the width she created EXACTLY what I was looking for. {FTC disclaimer – this blog post contains an affiliate link. I might make a few pennies if you buy something!}

wood panel bench top for unused bathtub

I applied spray adhesive to the top of the bench

woman applying spray adhesive on wood panel bench top

then laid a urethane foam sheet on top of the spray adhesive and cut the sheet to size with a craft knife.

apply urethane foam sheet on top of wood panel bench top
urethane foam sheet on top of wood panel bench top

I (actually we – thanks to my mom who was visiting for the weekend) laid some upholstery fabric face down on the table, flipped the bench foam-side down on top of the fabric, pulled the fabric taut, folded the edge of the fabric under and used a staple gun to staple the fabric to the wood around all four sides of the bench.

woman upholstering fabric to wood panel bench top
fabric stapled to wood panel bench top
fabric covering wood panel bench top

The now covered bench literally slid over the top of the bathtub (meaning easy removal if we wanted to use the tub, and hidden storage if we needed it),

bathtub covered with orange fabric wood bench top

I added a few coordinating pillows, and now our unused empty bathtub has become a cozy little nook where we can lay out our clothes, I can sit to give myself a pedicure, or the cat can comandeer it for yet another place to take a nap.

decorative bathroom with bathtub bench covered with pillows

So while I can’t lend you Erin, if you ever find yourself staring woefully at an unused bathtub you can round up a handy friend (or hubby) and create your own little piece of crafty goodness right in your bathroom! Want another DIY home furnishing project? Check out our headboard project made out of old doors!

how to build a headboard from a reclaimed door


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  1. That’s awesome! I’m thinking of ways to cover our tub, since it’s primarily used for laundry and the tubs aren’t exactly pretty to look at. Thanks for some inspiration!

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