Post by Keiren • Last Updated: June 18, 2016 Affiliate Policy: Posts may contain links to outside vendors that pay us a commission when you purchase from them, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting our site!
Not the wooden tub of yesterday…
Handmade mahogany tongue and groove tub, coated with epoxy and marine polyurethane… But built in Maine, hopefully from FSC certified wood. bath-in-wood.com
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
Bagno Sasso Ocean Circle All tubs in the OCEAN range are crafted by hand and can be made out of numerous different types of wood. bagnosasso.com
Wooden bathtub made of solid larch – for sale on etsy for $5,280.
This one is a bit more reasonable and sells on Amazon for $1549.
Bagno Sasso Wood Line Rectangular bathtubs in waterproof birch plywood with light, medium, dark oak veneer or teak. bagnosasso.com
Bagno Sasso Ocean Shell All tubs in the OCEAN range are crafted by hand and can be made out of numerous types of wood. bagnosasso.com
Niewendick Bamboo Tub by Moso moso-bamboo.com
Bagno Sasso Wave Diamond model- wood and glass. Their wood is finished with ‘selected technology from Formula 1.’ That doesn’t sound green. bagnosasso.com
E Legno Italy Cedarwood Sun Tub e-legnogroup.it
At $24,000 this tub from Houzz costs more than most bathrooms but it’s so beautiful.
This Burmese teak tub will make you feel like you’re sailing in a ship (that happens to be filled with hot water). Available directly on Amazon but it’s $18,000.
For an unfinished, raw wood experience: These tubs are made of Japanese hinoki wood, which is one of the best woods for this purpose. Hinoki is a Japanese cypress tree. The hinoki wood is never urethane coated in order to allow the wood pores to breath and release aromatic oils. Option to finish the sides facing the walls (outside face only) or the bottom with a natural clear oil. Japanese tubs called Ofuro are deep enough for the bather to immerse the body up to the neck when sitting. Designed by an italian architect living in Japan since 1998. Imported. bartokdesign.com
Wooden Bathtub Via: feefeern.wordpress
Chinese, raw wood tubs. Cedar, oak, teak tubs, many designs, or design your own. No finish. Imported from China. chinastonesinks.com
Here’s a mahogany tub that is designed to fit into a traditional 60″ tub space. The seller on etsy has this to say: “The tub is built by hand IN THE USA and then sealed with a transparent fiberglass cloth. The wood never actually gets wet and NO splinters. Surface feels smooth just like a regular bathtub. No extra care. Use regular mild detergent for cleaning. I will warranty this tub for 5 years. Because of the coating, my tubs are the only wooden bathtubs that meet all standards for ANSI and ASME building codes in the U.S. They are considered, “A fiberglass tub with a solid wood core.”
BathBoat by Wieki Somers – available through Galerie Kreo, Paris. galeriekreo.com
A hickory wood tub from etsy seller Driftwood Tubs
Wine Barrel Tub
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:
Fiberglass layers to seal a wood tub
Here is the pine wood tub from that same etsy listing:
Pine wood bath tub from etsy seller Driftwood Tubs.
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.
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