A shower niche is more important than you probably think. For many people, shower niches can affect or affect the usefulness of the shower.
A bathroom niche ensures order in your shower and offers space for bottles and scrubs. They’re also a great design option as so many modern showers have clear glass walls or an open design.
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Shower niches are such small spaces that figuring out how to build a shower niche that is actually useful is difficult. Here are some great shower niche ideas to help you create the best shower for your home.
Basic shower niche
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A shower cubicle is essentially a shelf for storing bathroom products that sit in your shower wall. This will help keep them neat and organized. This is a particularly good idea if several people are using the space.
It’s all too easy for your shower to get overfilled with bottles and other items if you don’t have space to store and organize.
Bathroom niche ideas
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- The first thing you need to do to design a shower niche is figure out what to keep in there. This will help you determine the correct size of the shower niche. Some common items that many people keep in shower niches are shampoo bottles, conditioner bottles, hair treatments, bars of soap, liquid wash bottles, face wash containers, scrubs, razors, shaving foam, hair combs, scrub gloves, and shower wall squeegees. Once you’ve determined what to store in the shower alcove you will have a better idea of what the dimensions of the shower alcove should be.
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- If more than one person is using the shower, try to create a shower alcove where items can be easily separated for each person. This makes it much easier for everyone involved to find out where their shower items are.
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- Remember that your shower alcove height should be high and deep enough that you can easily get things out of the shower alcove and put them back. Nobody should try to force anything onto the shelf or pull very hard to get it out. Doing this is extremely frustrating, especially when you are not fully awake, and can make a terrible start to a day. Most shower niches are taller than wide or deep.
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- Longer horizontal niches are becoming increasingly popular. They are more dramatic and give the room a modern, chic look. They’ll hold more things too. However, the integration is more time consuming.
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- Try to position the shower alcove between chest level and eye level. In this way, most people can clearly see and reach everything stored in it.
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- If you’re looking to find out how to tile a shower alcove, create a shower alcove with a seamless, calm look. This will help make your shower a quiet retreat. To do this, use the same tiles that you use in the rest of the room. This will help tie the look together, especially if you are using the same tile in other areas of the bathroom.
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- If you want to add personality to the room, consider using patterned tiles in your shower niche. This can be a fun and unconventional look. Choose a tile that can be used on both sides and in the center of the shower alcove. The pattern and / or color of this tile should complement, but not match, the rest of the tile in your shower. This turns the shower niche into a beautiful decorative element. You can also frame it with stone or tile for a subdued yet unique look.
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- It looks best when the tiles around the shower niche are symmetrical. Remember to keep the tile dimensions when designing your shower niche. Avoid cutting tiles to look smaller on one side or both sides of the niche.
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- You may need to use bullnose tiles for your shower alcove, especially if you are using ceramic tile that has no color throughout the body. This is more difficult with porcelain, but rarely a problem with stone.
- A nice, unconventional shower niche idea is to create two shower niches, one at shower height and another that is accessible from the bathroom. Everyone can save products for their particular type of bathing. This helps keep everything organized and is incredibly handy for anyone taking a bath.
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- Try to position the shower niche so that the water from the shower does not go directly into the niche. This makes cleaning more difficult, as water leaks and the drain of the bottles stored in the shower niche is flushed into the shelf. In addition, bottles become even more slippery when showering.
- If you live in a cold climate, try not to put the shower alcove against an outside wall. The shower niche displaces the insulation that keeps the cold out. If you have to stand against an outside wall anyway, use some kind of polyurethane insulation. Otherwise the tile may freeze when it is very cold outside.
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- A shower niche should fit between wall posts. This will ensure that the shower alcove does not compromise the structural integrity of your home. In most homes, this space is about 2 feet wide. Depending on what you do with your shower niche design, it will be a bit smaller, although a simple glass shelf will maximize the space available.
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- A shower niche can be larger in new walls. Your contractors can easily adjust the width of the pegs in a new wall and make sure the wires and electrical wires are out of the way.
- Make sure your contractor waterproofs the shower niche. You should be using a product like Red Guard. This will ensure good drainage. It is extremely important when using mosaic tile because leaks can cause great damage over time.
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A shower niche is a helpful addition to your bathroom that offers plenty of opportunities for creativity. It can be a sleek, modern, muted shelf or a fun, mosaic-backed room. It depends on you!