Here are some of the best van conversion shower design ideas.
If you’re in the planning stages of your build this post will give you some great inspiration. But even if you’ve already completed your conversion there are still some ideas here that you can implement too.
Many vanlifers are happy to shower at gyms, truck stops and other public facilities. That’s great, but it’s hard to beat the convenience of being able to shower in your own home. And you never know when a global pandemic might come along and all the public shower options are shut.
So lets take a look at the designs…
Luxury Full Shower in Beautiful Conversion
This is the ultimate shower lovers’ choice. This is a full-size shower as you would find in any house, in fact this actually looks more luxurious than many regular bathroom showers. You can see more of this beautiful conversion here.
Hidden Bathroom Under Countertop
I love the thinking behind these. You don’t sacrifice the vertical space which can close off your van and make it feel much more cramped. Plus with the lid down the space can be used for sitting, working or preparing meals.
Traditional RV Style Bathroom
This is a typical bathroom design you’ll find in many factory built RVs. There’s a lot to be said for having a dependable, always ready to go bathroom in a van. Some of the other options look a lot cooler, but this style is typical for a reason, it just works.
Shower Tray Hidden in Drawer
These drawer hidden drawer style shower designs will particularly appeal to those in smaller vans.
Fold Away Shower
This fold away shower is functional but isn’t going to win any awards in the aesthetic department. More for the utilitarian camper.
Classic Budget Van Conversion Shower
The classic bucket, shower curtain and hula hoop van shower. Tried and tested by vandwellers since the days long before instagram made it cool.
Bathroom Hidden Under a Work-surface
Here’s another example of a bathroom hidden in a cupboard.
Shower Extender Drawer
Another hidden drawer but this time the shower drawer becomes an extension of the bathroom. For a double whammy you could combine the hidden drawer shower with the bathroom hidden under a work-surface for the ultimate extendable wash room.
Most Simple Way to Shower in a Van
This is the classic. Virtually no setup required, just step outside the back of your van, setup a “modesty curtain” and go.
Shower Tray Hidden Under Floor
You can also have your shower tray hidden under your floor. Perhaps a bit more workmanship involved than some of the other options but a great one for those who can pull it off.
Full Bath in Van
Now, this is elaborate. Why settle for just a shower when you can have a full bath? If you can’t live without a relaxing soak in a bath, maybe you should say in a hotel. But if you must van camp, there’s always an option. But you’re going to need a water hookup for sure. 🙂
Types of Portable Showers Available
Here are some of the best portable shower options available to you.
Camp Shower Bag
This portable 5 gallon (20 liter) outdoor shower bag is made from eco-friendly materials and operates via gravity. Just fill with water and lay the bag in sunlight for a few hours. The back color will help the bag absorb heat and bring the water up to temperature. Click here to view it on Amazon.com
This has been the go-to choice for vandwellers for many years. The pump-action enables you to pressurize the tank to get a nice pressurized shower. Most people half fill with cold water then top up with water heated on the stove to have a warm shower. Click here to view it on Amazon.com
Electric Rechargeable Portable Shower
These portable showers charge via USB or car cigarette lighter. Once when fully charged they will allow for at least 45 minutes of continuous use. All you do is fill a bucket with water, drop one end of the portable shower into the bucket, and stick the shower head end up using the suction cup provided. Click here to view it on Amazon.com
Portable Propane Hot Shower
If you want to bring some home comfort to your camping shower experience then this is the option for you. Click here to view it on Amazon.com
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