An easy tutorial showing you how to create your own DIY Bathtub tray with inexpensive cedar wood.
I feel like I legit have 25 different projects going on. They are all smaller projects that make up a whole room makeover, so it’s like a little puzzle that I have to piece together project by project.
Anyways, that brings up to this cute little wood bathtub tray! Or bathtub caddy, whatever you want to call it.
I made this one sweet and simple like most of my projects. You can get pretty fancy with these bathtub trays and add a book ledge, a wine glass holder, etc.
But this is just for my kids bathroom so I don’t need all that right now. I’m sprucing up their jack and jill bathroom and this is one way I like to add some warmth to a cold room – with warm wood accents.
The only lumber you need for this project is ONE cedar board. I used a ¾ inch x 4 inch x 8 ft board from Home Depot and have some leftover for another project.
What kind of Wood to Use for a Bathtub Tray
You want to use a wood that isn’t going to rot or warp easily, so I recommend going with cedar, bamboo, cypress or teak. I used cedar as it was readily available and fairly inexpensive at my hardware store. You don’t need that much wood, so you could even use a scrap piece of cedar if you have that lying around. Here are some additional rot resitant types of wood.
DIY Bathtub Tray
How to Build a DIY Bathtub Tray with Cedar Wood.
Total time: 1 day
Measure Top Width of Bathtub
This bathtub tray will stretch across and rest on the two ledges of your bathtub – so we need to find the top width of the tub so we know how long to make our tray.
Cut Cedar Board to Size
We are going to wood glue two cedar boards together to make a wider tray. Using your saw, cut your Cedar Board 2x to the dimension you found in step 1. We are also going to cut 2 small 2 inch pieces from the leftover cedar to use as the feet of the tray.
Wood Glue Boards Together
Measure Inside the Tub
Once the glue has fully cured, remove the clamps. Take your tray up to the tub again and rest it on the bathtub ledges. With a pencil, make a mark underneath the tray on each side where it hits the tub. This will be our guide for where to place our tray feet. The feet help hold the tray on the tub so it doesn’t just slide off onto the floor. (Which I know my kids would do LOL).
Glue Feet to Tray
Sand and Stain
Optional: Protect with Polyurethane
And that’s it!
Final step? Making it look pretty.
Grab your favorite candle, soap dish, soap and even a small bud vase with your favorite greenery. I do realize that this will soon be covered with matchbox cars and barbies. 🙂
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