Schluter trim for shower niche?

ikea_gwMay 13, 2013

Our tiles for the shower wall doesn't come in bullnose, so we have to use the schluter trim for the edge where the tiles end on the wall. I seem to recall seeing schluter trim for the niche as well but can't seem to figure out exactly which of their trims I need for that. Anyone can help me with that? The tiles are 3/8 inches thick but mainly I just need to know which line of their trims I need to look at. Thanks!

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buildinginal

I'm not sure what size was used, but we have the schluter metal trim pieces throughout our shower. It's on the corners of our 4' niche, the corner of the bench, and the corners at the shower door. My dad did all our tile work, but he'll have to look at the invoices to get the size. The metal has a lip to allow grout to be put in between it and the tile. Our tile is a standard thickness of 1/4" give or take. You can contact a dealer to help decide what line and size to use.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 10:55AM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance

Well, I agreed to schluter in the kitchen. I don't think it's a bad thing. There is a reason for it. If your tile is rectified, it will work. If not, it won't.

Rectified means square. No dramatic artistic edges. Just square.

The Schluter works with that, and is amazing, but many will never know.
Suzi

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 7:46PM
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dekeoboe

It depends on whether you want Schluter corners or are okay with just cutting the strips for the inside corners. If you use the Rondec, you can get the corners, if you use the Jolly, you have to cut the strips because they don't make corners in that profile.

Our niche is made using the Rondec:

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 9:23PM
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ikea_gw

Our tiles are square edged. It's one of those 12x24 large porcelain tiles with textured lines. I think maybe Jolly is what we want. I am not crazy about the round look personally.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 10:10PM
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buildinginal

Found out that we did have the Jolly installed in our shower and where the tile on the tub deck meets the paneled apron. We've been very happy with the looks. I'll try to get a picture for you this evening.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 1:13PM
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jules8

I used the jolly on the tile edge and the rondec on the niche and I am happy with both. I don't know that I have ever seen a photo of jolly on a niche. Hopefully someone will post one for you.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 10:23PM
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dekeoboe

This is the Jolly trim. It is at the curb rather than a niche, but basically it is the same thing. My tile setter chose to miter the corners. (It is really much squarer than this picture makes it look.)

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 6:59PM
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buildinginal

Here are some pictures of my shower. I haven't cleaned the shower very well since sealing the grout and stone, so the metal trim is a bit streaky in some places.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 8:20AM
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buildinginal

Another one of the niche

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 8:21AM
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buildinginal

Shower bench

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 8:22AM
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buildinginal

Corner

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 8:23AM
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ikea_gw

I have another question about the trim. For the hallway bath we have oversized subway tiles (4x10 in) and we want to go with bright white trim. The bullnose (Rondec) might be better than flat (Jolly) here but I can't seem to find the bright white coated aluminum inner corner pieces anywhere for the niche.

All I can find is bright white coated PVC corner pieces. So my question is two fold. Would you prefer color coated aluminum over color coated PVC trim for durability? Secondly, what if I do the rest of the trim in color coated aluminum but buy the PVC corner pieces? Would they age differently and look odd in the end?

    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 4:41PM
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