This Bathtub Folds Up And Fits In Your Closet — And It's Even Cooler Than It Sounds

No need to take a break from binge-watching because you could just bathe in your bedroom.

Soaking in a bubble bath is the epitome of relaxation, but for many, this is an unobtainable luxury as bathtubs can be both expensive and space-sucking. If your bathroom is tiny, chances are a tub isn't in it. But one German designer, Carina Deuschl, has found a way to make the bathtub more accessible to all with her award-winning pop-up, collapsible tub design called The XTEND.

I saw this amazing product a few weeks ago at Ambiente — the largest consumer goods trade show in the world — featured in the German Design Awards exhibition, and have not stopped thinking about it since. I spoke with Deuschl to learn more.

"The incentive was to redefine the ordinary bathtub, as we know it," Deuschl told me. "The material, the production, and handling were intended to fit the requirements of todays world."



Not only was the idea to create a portable bathtub innovative, but the XTEND has been lauded as an example of extraordinary design, craftsmanship, and digital manufacturing. The tub is made out of super light carbon fiber, cut using high pressure water jet technology. The inlay is made out of a durable, soft padded fabric that's also machine washable. It also comes with an attachable shower head. 

"The design is determined by a contrasting yet complementary black and white color scheme," Deuschl explained. "The black and hard frame is made from carbon fibers. The white and soft inlay that completes the tub, cushions the tub with a three layer structure of a waterproof high-performance material. Carbon is known for its strength to weight ratio. Its restoring force, its stability, and its rigidity is processed in a way that allows for flexible deformations. While being a robust bearing structure optically, the carbon frame is a reference to the texture of water and waves." 

The XTEND weighs only 15 pounds and, when folded, it's just a third of an inch in height. 

"The fabric inlay is not only waterproof, lightweight, durable, and soft, but also highly compressible, such that it can be stowed in an ultra thin case," Deuschl continued. "The surface of the material, crumpled due to the compression, becomes smooth again once the bathtub is filled with water."

The tub's assembly can be done in a matter of minutes by hand, and once built, connects to a water source, such as a shower or hose. "After your bath is done, the water inlet can be transformed into a pump to drain the water out of the tub," Deuschl said. 

The tub's legs and shower head are stored in slots at base of the tub when not in use, making for easy transport of all the XTEND's pieces into your closet. 

Deuschl sees many applications for the XTEND, including in the medical field, in hotels, and, of course, at home. 

"I liked the idea of taking a bath in the living room," she told me. "But it may also be used in tiny houses or small apartments without a built-in bathtub or on a camping trip."

Unfortunately, the biggest downside of the XTEND is that it's not yet available for purchase. Deuschl is currently in the process of looking for a producer to help her bring it to the mass market. We have our fingers crossed that she'll find the right partner soon so that we can dip our toes in it ASAP.

Watch the XTEND unfold in the video below:

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