DIY Bath Tray


Hi, I'm Zoe

My mission is to teach you to confidently build magazine-worthy DIYs. I used to be terrified of power tools, which is why I'm a firm believer that ANYONE can DIY.

Search the Blog

Join Thousands of Others Getting Weekly DIY Tips and Tutorials

January 8, 2020
Zoe Hunt




<4 Hours



Learn how to make a luxury wooden bath tray!

DIY bath tray

I’ve always loved a nice long soak in the bathtub to rewind from life, but I could never bring myself to bathe in apartment tubs. That’s why when we started looking for houses, a nice bathtub was my number 1 priority.

As we got closer to moving into our new home, Andrew and I agreed to get each other housewarming gifts to celebrate our first home. Andrew surprised me with the best gift: a DIY wooden bath tray!

He had all the ideas for this project: candle holders, a book holder, and even a wine glass holder. If that doesn’t scream luxury, I don’t know what does!

Want to DIY buy don\'t know where to start? Click here to grab your free guide!

Alright, let’s start DIYing!

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link, I earn a small commission, but it won’t cost you a penny more)!


What You’ll Need

  • (1) 1x6x8 pine boards
  • Spare 1×2 pine board piece (8.75″ or longer)
  • Space 1×3 pine board piece (22.5″ or longer)
  • Spare 1×4 pine board piece (10″ or longer)
  • 1.25″ Kreg screws
  • Screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain (we used Dark Walnut)
  • Polyurethane (or you can just use outdoor stain)

How to Make a DIY Wooden Bath Caddy 

New to DIY? Download our free 5 Steps to Getting Start with DIY guide!

How to build a bath caddy

Step 1: measure your tub

Measure your tub, end-to-end and the distance between the inside edges.

Step 2: make your cuts

Cut your 1×6 into two pieces that are 12″ shorter than the total width of your tub from end-to-end. Then cut two 11.25″ boards from the 1×6.

Cut (2) – 11.25″ pieces from your spare 1×3 board. If you want to add a book holder, go ahead and cut your 1×2 to 8.75″ and your 1×4 to 10″. If you don’t have a 1×4, you can substitute with a 1×3. Cut one of the long sides of the 1×4 at a slight angle so that it will be slightly tilted back when attached to the base.

bath tray pieces disassembled

STEP 3: drill pocket holes

Determine which sides of the 1×6 wood pieces you think is prettier. Once you’ve decided, flip those pieces over. Drill pocket holes into the back sides of your long 1x6s.

Step 4: add your candle and wine glass holders

If you are adding candle holders, grab your paddle bit and drill into each of the 11.25″ 1x6s using a wood paddle bit. Be careful not to go all the way through your boards!

making candle holder using wood paddle bit

If you want to add a wine glass holder, break out your jigsaw and draw a line that is big enough to slide your wine glass stem through. Drill a hole and cut your line from there. 

cutting wine glass holder into bath tray using jigsaw

Step 5: sand and stain

Sand all of your pieces, wipe them down, and stain them. We used Minwax Dark Walnut.

Free download wood sizing cheatsheet

Step 6: assemble

Screw the long 1x6s into the 1x6s with the candle holders. There will be a small gap between the long 1x6s for added style.

assembling bath tray using pocket holes

Screw your support boards to the back of your bath caddy. You want the measurement from the outside edges of the support boards to match (or be slightly smaller than) the distance between the inside edges of your tub. These boards will prevent the caddy from sliding and falling into the bathtub.

adding support boards to bath caddy

step 7: add a book holder

If you want to add a book holder, glue your 1×2 onto one of the long 1×6 boards. Then glue your 1×4 about 1-2″ behind the 1×2.

Step 8: seal your bath tray

Seal your bath tray with polyurethane so that it is able to hold up to some water and humidity.

DIY wooden bath tray

There you have it! You now know how to make a bath caddy that screams luxury! If you need a Valentine’s Day gift or maybe something for Mother’s Day, this is an excellent handmade gift!

As always, we would LOVE to see your photos. Send us (or tag us in) a picture of your bath tray on Instagram and feel free to reach out with any questions!

DIY luxury bath tray project
Add a comment
+ show Comments
- Hide Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Join the List

Our mission: give you the resources to build magazine-worthy furniture.

First up? Sharing the 5 key steps to getting started with DIY.

 Get  the best DIY tutorials, project inspiration, and  DIY tips sent straight to your inbox weekly.

Get My Getting Started with DIY Guide as a free gift!

Find your next project

Premium, printable plans

3D renderings, detailed shopping lists, cut lists displayed two ways (both in chart form and visually), AND a bonus SketchUp file. Printable plans don't get better than this.

See the plans
diy with confidence

Our Courses

Whether you're just getting started or you're a seasoned DIYer who's ready to unlock the full potential of DIY, our courses are here to help.



Join us for project tutorials, behind-the-scenes, and quick DIY tips and tricks.