Make your own bath tray- EASY!
Oh happy hump day my friends! Not sure how we are already in November, but tis the season of the four F’s: food, family, friends and freezing! Yes, I love three out of the four of those things. For the latter, I have a solution: increased tub time!! I do take way more tubby’s in the colder months and I wanted to enhance my relaxation experience. So, I created this very easy, super practical bath tray! Friends, if you have a spare hour of time and an extra $10, you can recreate this project with ease and get many moments of enjoyment because of it.
Step 1: Supplies
Head to the Home Depot! Take a quick trip to gather just two supplies: one 8″ x 6′ board and two cabinet handles. I chose two inexpensive handles but you can pick out whichever ones strike your fancy! Be sure to grab wood glue if you don’t already have it one hand and some 120 grit sand paper. If you prefer more substantial reinforcements, grab eight- 1 1/4″ wood screws.
Step 2: Sanding and Cuts
Measure the width of your tub; you can measure all the way to the outer edge of the ledge, or to the center of the outer ledge, which is what I did. This measurement was 27.5 inches. Take your board and cut off at least 1/2″ on the edge of the board. They are not always cut straight and this could cause your measurements to be off. From that freshly cut edge, measure and mark the width of your tub. I measured eight inches past this so I knew how far to sand the board. Before you make any more cuts, take your palm sander and sand both sides of the board as well as the three edges. You will sand the 4th edge once you cut it. If you don’t have a palm sander, no problem! Good ol’ elbow grease works just as good. Sand until smooth to the touch. Remeasure the length of the board and make your cut. Sand this freshly cut edge.
Next, I wanted to add “stoppers” underneath the tray so if it was accidntly bumped it would not slide off the edge. To do this, cut two 1″ thick pieces off the leftover board. If you measured past the width of your tub these pieces should already be sanded. I cut 1″ off the length of each of these pieces because I did not want them to be the same width of the tray.
Cut another 1″ thick piece and one piece at 1/2″ thick. These two pieces I kept at the full 8″ widths. These pieces will be used to prop your phone or iPad up on the tray for proper Netflix viewing!
Step 3: Assembly
You can either put on the stoppers first or the phone holder. I started with the stoppers. Place your tray on your bath tub ledges and measure how much of the tray sits on the ledges. You will want to place the stoppers 1/8″ or so more than the length of tray that sits on the ledge. Essentially, the stopper should rest against the inside of the tub to prevent sliding of the tray either direction. Once you have these measurements, head back to the garage and mark these on the underside using a straight edge. Since we cut the stoppers shorter than the width of the tray, be sure to center them.
Time for fastening! You can glue these down and clamp them, or use the wood screws. If you are going to use the wood screws, be sure to drill pilot holes throught the stoppers into the tray. CAUTION: if you do this, make sure only 1 1/4″ of drill bit is exposed because you do not want to drill deeper then the length of the screw or you run the risk of drilling through the front side of the tray.
I drilled two holes per stopper, 1″ from the edges and then used my drill and wood screws to fasten the stoppers down. Both methods are effective, it is up to your personal preference.
Step 4: Phone holder assembly
Chose where you want your phone holder to be. It can be in the middle, to the left or right. I chose to place it 1/4″ from the top edge of the bath tray and six inches from the left edge. Essentially, I wanted to leave space on the middle of my tray for a plate of food or a book. I mean, nothing speaks luxury louder than having your favorite snack in the tub!
I lined up the 1″ piece 1/4″ from the top ledge, left a 3/4″ gap and then placed the 1/2″ piece. Again, you can use glue or wood screws. If you are going to use wood screws for the 1/2″ piece, you will have to use two- 1″ screws or you run the risk of the screw going all the way through this piece. It might be worth doing this piece with wood glue. If you are using glue, just be sure to follow the product instructions and allow for proper drying time.
Step 5: Handle installation
You can either leave the bath tray as is, or as a finishing touch, add the handles you picked out at the Home Depot. You could either glue them with the wood glue, or, bolt them down. The latter takes a little more time and precision.
To do this, I used a spare piece of wood from my scrap pile to make a template so the holes would be identical on each side. Cut the template to be width of the tray center. Measure and mark 1″ from the outer edge; this is how far from the edge of the bath tray your handles will be. Center the handle and mark the edges of each handle. Lay the handle on its side being sure to keep it inline where you marked the edges. Now mark where the holes will be.
One you have the two holes marked, use your 3/8″ drill bit and drill the holes in the template. Now simply line up the outer edge of the template to the outer edge of the tray, clamp in place and using the drill bit make those pilot holes. From the underside thread the bolts through the holes that came with the handles. Place the handles accordingly over the bolts and tighten with a screw driver.
And just like that you have your bath tray! Girl, run, don’t walk to the bath with that beautifully crafted tray in hand. Run the tub and take a long, relaxing soak with your favorite book or Netflix show. As always, thanks for following and for your support!
Bye for now babes,