Not the wooden tub of yesterday…
Are wooden bathtubs environmentally positive? If you grew the bamboo or cedar in your backyard and then made it yourself—definitely! These examples might not be the greenest and they cost a pretty penny, but it must feel wonderful to bathe in wood. In the past bathtubs were made of wood, marble or ceramic tile. Cast-iron tubs came into fashion starting in the 1880s, then enamel over steel…now bathtubs are mostly formed acrylic, fiberglass, or porcelain, on steel. Wood holds the heat longer than other tub material. Unfinished wood tubs must be used regularly or kept partially filled with a bit of water to prevent them from drying out and warping or shrinking.
Buy A Wooden Bathtub
OCEAN Hand Crafted Tub
Solid Larch Bathtub
Basic Wooden Tub
Cypress Ofuro Bathtub
Bagno Sasso Ocean Shell
Diamond Model Tub
E Legno Italy Cedarwood Tub
Clawfoot Pine Bathtub
Elegant Wood Bathtub
Burmese Teak Bathtub
The same seller, Bubinga Wood Design, builds this beautiful cherry wood tub as well:
Hinoki Wood Bathtub
Simple Wooden Bathtub
Chinese Raw Wood Bathtub
Alfi Free-Standing Tub
Wine Barrel Bathtub
Build Your Own Wooden Tub?
Contract a local (very trustworthy and experienced) carpenter.
Cedar is one of the best woods for a tub, but there are many others listed on this page that would perform well.
In some areas of the U.S. wooden tubs might be against code- check your local building laws.
This etsy seller, Driftwood Tubs, shows the laminate process that goes over their wood tubs:
Here is the pine wood tub from that same etsy listing:
Outdoor Wooden Tubs
Plenty of these out there and we should do another post on them in the future, but here are a couple of places to find them:
Better Hot Tubs. Good selection of outdoor cedar hot tubs. Good prices. Company in Colorado, but inquire as to where tub is made.