Build Your Own Rainfall Shower Head From An Old CD Spindle

Build Your Own Rainfall Shower Head From An Old CD Spindle

Rainfall shower heads can be expensive, and if it turns out you dislike the gently falling water and want to go back to a normal shower head, you could be throwing money away. Why not test drive one by building your own from an old CD spindle, your current shower head, and a glue gun?

This DIY project definitely comes from the “because we can” files, but it’s definitely a fun way to see if you’d actually like a rainfall shower head before you go out and buy one. I’d miss the water pressure from a standard shower head, but this is easy enough to make that it may be worth a try. All you need is an old CD spindle, a hot glue gun, a candle (any will do) and some tools you likely already have, like pliers and a knife.

The plastic top of the CD spindle will eventually become the actual shower “head”, and you’ll use the glue gun to affix the top and bottom of the spindle together. You’ll use the knife to cut away where the water will flow into the spindle and the holes where the water will fall out and onto your head. The result is a shower head that doesn’t look too sharp, but definitely works as advertised. What do you think, DIY gone too far or a fun weekend project? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Is that trying to replicate those old big silver shower heads of the same shape, that we’ve been told to replace for 15 years because they’re very water inefficient?

    If so then i love those shower heads. They cover a wider area and are gentle. It doesn’t feel like you’re being blasted by high pressure sprinkler in one small spot like the normal water efficient heads

    • Although the regular shaped ones do restrict from the actual head, rain shower heads have the water restricted by fitting a reducer in the end of the pipe, so they can still be economical. I actually found a 150mm rain shower head on eBay for $15.00 delivered.

  • 150mm not big enough for me 🙂 I want one of those huge ones you see in gyms and the like. They are ace! Need for it to be attached to an arm so it gets right up over the top of you though.. so never ended up installing one.. but yer.. I really love them, for the same reasons Nick points out.

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