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23 DIY Hot Tubs That Are Inexpensive To Build (With Tutorials)

A DIY hot tub is the perfect way to unwind and relax after a hard day. And knowing how inexpensive the homemade hot tub was will enable you to relax even more. Enjoy the pleasure and warmth of a DIY hot tub anywhere you may live by using one of these ideas to build your own wood burning model that won’t break your budget.

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1- Wood Burning Hot Tub

A little wood to build it and a little wood to heat the water, that’s mainly what will be needed to make this DIY hot tub a success.

The perimeter frame of the hot tub is constructed from old railroad ties and sections of tree logs, but any type of wood you have on hand will work to build the frame. The water tight interior is created with a tarp and the water is heated from a nearby firepit.

These detailed plans will walk you through the DIY building process with ease so you can build a relaxing, inexpensive hot tub in your backyard this weekend.

DIY hot tub

2- Wood Burning Cedar Tub

The air temperature may be zero, but you will be warm and relaxed in this DIY cedar hot tub. This detailed video will take you through the building process and give you ideas for finding the building materials for a fraction of the standard cost.

Wood Burning Cedar Tub

3- Hot Tub For One

Follow these free and detailed plans to build your own hot tub for less than $250. That is an unbelievable price for such a beneficial piece of health equipment.

Many people with back pain, arthritic joints, tense muscles and other health conditions feel much better and see an improvement in their health when they soak in a hot tub on a regular basis.

This is a small sized stock tank, just right for one person to almost totally submerge into, but two can fit into it for a cozy soak.

build your own hot tub

4- Folk Art Hot Tub

Here is an idea that will show you how to build a folk art style hot tub for under $75. Use items you already have on hand, add a few decorative touches, and you’ll have a piece of outdoor art and a wood burning hot tub for your enjoyment.

Folk Art Hot Tub

5- Reclaimed DIY Bathtub

After a bathtub has served its purpose inside, move it outside and give it a second life as a hot tub. These detailed instructions will show you how to create soothing outdoor space with your own homemade hot tub.

Reclaimed Bathtub

6- Solar Hot Tub with Fountain

You get two for the low rice of one with this DIY hot tub design. Build your own hot tub and fountain, then use solar power to keep the water flowing at just the right temperature year around.

Solar Hot Tub with Fountain

7- Solar and Cedar

A great green combination for wooden hot tub. The cedar wood will last for years and the solar power is eco-friendly and friendly to your budget. Attractive and easy to build outdoor hot tub with these pictorial instructions.

wooden hot tub

8- Recycled DIY Bathtub

This DIY build consists of all recycled parts and will show you how to transform an old bathtub into a new hot tub. Use items you have on hand and build this relaxing outdoor hot tub for just pennies.

outdoor hot tub

9- Pallet DIY Hot Tub

Wooden pallets can be used to create almost anything, including a DIY pallet hot tub. Attractive, sturdy, inexpensive and eco-friendly. This pallet hot tub will provide you with a perfect place to let go of stress a nd enjoy the great outdoors.

Pallet Hot Tub

10- Wood Fire Hot Tub Oasis

These building plans will enable you to build more than just a place to soak your tired muscles, but also a place to renew and re-energize yourself. Build this mini oasis with a wood fire hot tub in your backyard for less than $1,000 by using these detailed building plans.

Wood Fire Hot Tub Oasis

11- Large and Warm

This wood fire DIY hot tub can hold up to ten of your closest friends. Large, but easy to build and portable. A great homemade hot tub to build if you need one that is portable and inexpensive.

homemade hot tub

12- Garden Hot Tub

Build this DIY garden hot tub to enhance the beauty of your garden and to provide a quiet place to soak your tired muscles after a day of gardening chores. Easy to follow video instructions will show you how to create this attractive homemade hot tub in your outdoor space.

Garden Hot Tub

13- Cheap Hot Tub

If you have an old sofa or two hanging out in the basement and you don’t know what to do with them, here’s a great idea–turn them into a hot tub.

Make a cheap homemade hot tub by placing the old sofas together and covering them with a sheet of rubber typically used to create garden ponds with.

This functional and inexpensive hot tub can be made for around $200, which is far less than the price of a store bought model.

The sofa frames create a strong structure that is well able to support the weight of the water in the hot tub, and the sofa padding makes a soft seating area.

homemade hot tub

14- Stock Tank Hot Tub

This wood burning hot tub starts out as a stock tank that is used to water livestock. These are made from galvanized metal or plastic and are built to last. Stock tanks are 2 feet deep and 4 feet in diameter, which is a good size for this DIY project.

A chimnea is used to create the heat needed to warm the water for this homemade hot tub. An outdoor fireplace or firepit can be used to heat the water if you don’t have a chimnea on hand.

wood burning hot tub

15- Portable Hot Tub

Here is something you can bring to the next party you’re invited too – a portable hot tub. This is sure to put you on top of the party guest list, especially during the winter months.

This is an easy build that is easy to take down, transport and put back together again. Even if you don’t want to take it to a friend’s party (they may want to keep it), this is a great DIY build for those who don’t want a hot tub sitting on their deck or in their backyard year around. Just bring it out as desired, then put it away when done.

Portable Hot Tub

16- Wood and Stainless Steel Hot Tub

When both price and appearance matter, use these free plans to make an attractive and affordable DIY hot tub.

Step by step instructions are included on this website to enable you to build a traditional Japanese style soaking tub that is ideal for a wilderness cabin. Water is heated by an interior wood stove, so all you see on the outside is attractive wood.

This style of wood and stainless steel hot tub will fit in with any rustic decor, not just a wilderness cabin. Soak the day’s stress away in style in this attractive soaking tub.

DIY hot tub

17- Solar Heated Hot Tub

Ideal for people who don’t want to chop wood to heat the water and don’t want to use electricity either. This solar powered DIY hot tub will warm the water to the perfect temperature without costing you a penny in electricity or man-power.

Attractive wood exterior will enable this hot tub to bea part of your backyard or deck decor, even in a sub-division with HOA rules to abide by. The affordable price will be  under $400 if you have some of the building materials on hand.

These free plans will show you how to build this solar heated hot tub in just one weekend.

Solar Heated Hot Tub

18- Camp Site Hot Tub

An ingenious idea for camping at the lake during cool weather. Stay warm with this portable hot tub created for camp site usage.

All you have to bring with you to the camp site is a pond liner, pond pump and some tubing. The remainder of the items needed to create the DIY hot tub can be obtained from the woods near your camp site.

The frame of the hot tub is made from fallen trees and the water is warmed by camp fire heat. The water for the hot tub can be obtained from a nearby river or lake.

Follow these detailed instructions and picture tutorial to create this DIY project on your next camping trip.

Camp Site Hot Tub

19- Fast Heating Hot Tub

This attractive and inexpensive DIY hot tub is much more than meets the eye. This one also includes a place to grill food, sit and stay warm outside of the water, and it heats the water in about one hour.

These free instructions are in a printable PDF file to make them super simple to follow. The end result will show you how to build a hot tub without spending a lot of time or money. Get building today and you can be relaxing in your very own hot tub and grilling hamburger this weekend.

DIY hot tub

20- Hot Tub in a Day

This idea and free plans will show you how to build an inexpensive hot tub in just one day. Built for two and cost less than $300, this hot tub is also solar powered.

An oval stock tank that is six feet long and two feet deep is used for this DIY project. A new tank will cost around $200, but you might find a used one for just a few bucks to help keep costs low. The solar power used for heating the water will also keep your electricity bill low.

The galvanized tank is attractive as-is and can stand alone on a deck or in the yard, but it can also be sided with wood to create a cedar hot tub that will be the envy of the neighborhood.

Hot Tub in a Day

21- Pine Timber Hot Tub

Save money by building with pine timber instead of building a cedar hot tub. Pine timber is just as durable and strong for this building project and costs much less.

This attractive homemade hot tub can hold several people at once and will make an ideal addition to your backyard. High sides and interior side seating allow for a full body soak while sitting upright. the free plans also include detailed plans for building steps so you can get in and out of this wood hot tub with ease.

heated with a wood burning sauna stove, this hot tub will warm you up even on the coldest day.

homemade hot tub

22- Block and Brick Hot Tub

Stack the blocks, top it off with bricks and fill it with water. Building this DIY hot tub is not quite that easy, but it is easy with these free instructions.

These plans will show you how to add several jets to your hot tub to increase your relaxing pleasure during a soak. Relieve tired, aching muscles with jet propelled warm water in your own backyard hot tub.

This DIY project also has included a roof over the outdoor hot tub so it can be used in any type of weather. This solid structure will increase the value of the home and allow you to seel your home for a higher price, should you decide to sell in the future.

DIY hot tub

23- One Person Hot Tub

This one person hot tub can be build for under $100 and will provide years of health benefits. Ideal for small homes or small patios, using this style of hot tub can relieve many aches and pains to improve quality of life.

This small hot tub style originated in Japan and is still very popular in most Asian countries. Called a Furo, this one person hot tub has minimal water surface so the water stays warmer for a longer period of time. Very easy to build with just one sheet of plywood used as the exterior frame and sides of the tub.

The small size allow this DIY hot tub to become a part of an interior bathroom in the home or constructed on a small patio or deck. the low cost makes it affordable for almost anyone. Ideal hot tub for those who rent their living spaces.

One Person Hot Tub

About Farhan Ahsan

My name is Farhan Ahsan,I am web enthusiast, writer and blogger. I always strive to be passionate about my work. I started my work at the beginning of 2007 by engaging myself with detail reading and exchanging information with others. Since then things and times have changed, but one thing remains the same and that is my passion for helping and educating people, building a successful blog and delivering quality content to the readers. I always love to write about gardening, sustainable life, off grid living and homestead farming.

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  1. Marjorie Jugfield

    When I was on a skiing holiday with school we collected bottles of sparkling water and made a hot tub in the bath with that. I recommend this to your readers.

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