To niche or not to niche . . .

coolbeanswAugust 7, 2012

Hall bathroom renovation, 33" x 68" tiled shower in progress. Glass doors on long side, making entire shower visible from rest of the room. Due to existing studs, vents, and plumbing, cannot do functionally-sized niche on short shower head wall, and cannot center one on either the long wall or the short rear wall.

For convenience, will be installing a two-compartment shampoo/soap dispenser directly above the shower controls.

So should I skip a niche altogether, or settle for a non-centered one on the rear short wall? TIA

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numbersjunkie

We did a tile shower at our lake house, and they re-framed the back wall to center the niches. maybe if you can't center one, can you put in more than one - and space them in a decorative way?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 6:44PM
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coolbeansw

Looks nice, numbersjunkie.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 11:57AM
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kmcg

I love the look of a niche, but I'm tempted to go without in my new shower. To me, the tendency to get gunky is a bit of an irritant - but maybe that just says something about my cleaning skills! Anyway, now I'm looking at wire baskets that screw into the wall. Ginger makes some nice ones.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 12:23PM
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jjaazzy

Kmcg they won't get gunky if you put a good pitch on the shelf. Coolbeans while your down to studs just frame in what you want. I have 2 and one is very narrow and very long, the finished with is like 5 or 7 inches and about 30 plus inches long has 5 shelves. For little stuff razors, washcloths, soap, love it! Then I have an oversized lower for shampoo stuff. Just add to the existing studs..

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 12:03AM
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EngineerChic

I really value a niche in a shower, even more than in a tub because the edge of the shower is too narrow to set things on.

Here are things I keep in my shower:
Shampoo
Conditioner
Face wash
Body wash
Razor
Scrubby gloves (exfoliating things, sometimes)

Wall mount dispensers work for the shampoo and conditioner, but the other stuff needs a place to live. If you can put a niche in, even a smallish one, it's really useful for people like me who have lots of shower stuff ;)

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 6:37AM
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coolbeansw

We ended up putting in a two-compartment niche on the short rear wall, between the center point and the shower door. Decided on function over form.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 3:41PM
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