10-Minute Tech: Shower Conversion

Downsizing to a small trailer made camping more authentic but put storage at a premium. Our new Rockwood Geo Pro has a tub/shower we will never use since we stay at campgrounds with shower facilities so I converted this space into additional storage by adding shelves.

I built a frame to hold two ½-inch-thick plywood shelves with 1-by-3-inch framing lumber and used gray spray paint to match it to the existing decor. Limited space meant assembling the unit in place using wood screws on the cross bracing. To help keep the unit against the wall, I attached adhesive hook-and-loop strips to the back of the framing where it joins the shower wall. These strips run the full length of the uprights.

Prior to installing the shelving, I removed the showerhead but left the shower curtain, since when it’s closed it helps keep items from tumbling off the shelves during travel. We now have much-needed storage for our clothing and towels, and the tub basin makes an ideal laundry hamper.

Jamie Schmidt | Calgary, Alberta


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