Outdoor Showers and Exterior Showers

What to Consider Before Installing an Exterior Shower

An exterior shower in your backyard can be great for showering off when you get into or out of a pool, or if you need to wash off sand when coming back from the beach.

If you don’t require a fully private or closed-in shower, a freestanding shower can be less obtrusive and take up less space. Some freestanding showers are ADA compliant and can be complete with hot and cold plumbing options.

But whatever you are looking for, here are some general things to consider before installing an exterior shower.


Determine the ideal location for your exterior shower. Consider factors such as privacy, accessibility to a water source, proximity to the pool or beach, and convenience for users. Ensure that there is adequate space for installation and that it complements the overall layout of your outdoor area.

Plumbing and Water Source:

Evaluate the availability of a water source for the shower installation. Determine if you have easy access to a water supply line or if additional plumbing work will be required. Consider the water pressure and flow rate to ensure a satisfactory shower experience.


Proper drainage is essential to prevent water pooling and potential damage to your outdoor area. Ensure that there is a suitable drainage system in place or plan for its installation during the shower setup. The drainage system should comply with local regulations and effectively handle the water runoff.

Materials and Durability: 

Select materials that can withstand outdoor conditions and are resistant to corrosion. Stainless steel is a popular choice for exterior showers due to its durability and ability to withstand exposure to water and weather elements. Consider the quality of materials to ensure a long-lasting and low-maintenance shower.


Assess the level of privacy needed for the shower area. Determine if additional features such as partitions, screens, or vegetation can be incorporated to create a private and comfortable shower space.


Consider the ease of maintenance for the shower. Choose materials and designs that are easy to clean and require minimal upkeep. Removable parts or anti-lime scale mechanisms can make maintenance tasks more convenient.

Local Regulations and Permits: 

Check with your local authorities regarding any specific regulations or permits required for installing an exterior shower. Some areas may have restrictions or guidelines regarding outdoor plumbing installations, especially if it involves connecting to the main water supply.


Determine your budget for the exterior shower installation, including the cost of materials, labor (if required), and any additional features or accessories you might want to include. Consider both the initial installation cost and potential long-term maintenance expenses.

User Needs: 

Consider the intended users and their specific needs. If the shower will be used by children or individuals with accessibility requirements, you may need to incorporate safety features such as non-slip surfaces, handrails, or a shower bench. If you do have users with accessibility needs, also consider a shower that is ADA compliant.

By carefully considering these factors, you can plan and install an exterior shower that meets your requirements and enhances your outdoor living experience.

Outdoor Showers Collections

stainless steel free standing showers

Exterior showers that are free standing and wall mount. These have many features such as pull-chains, ADA compliance and foot showers.

These are also great to have for washing pets outdoors. It's a little easier than holding a hose with one hand and trying to wash your pet with the other!

Barrel Shower

The Outdoor Barrel Shower by SaunaLife comes with the barrel privacy shell and the wall mounted stainless steel shower inside.

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