Tile showers are a huge part of what we do here at Indoor City! There are many considerations and steps in planning the perfect tiled shower for your space. Size, layout, tile selections, fixtures… you name it! It can be an overwhelming process. Our team of talented designers are here to help you from the planning phase all the way through installation.

A little detail in a tiled shower that can make a BIG impact is the shower niche. A shower niche is a recessed cubby in your shower walls that is meant for holding soaps, shampoos and other shower goodies.

 

The Preformed Shower Niche

Product photo of 4 Schluter Kerdi Niches

Many shower niches (like the Schluter Kerdi Niches pictured above) come as preformed units that are installed between your studs (standard 16” on center) during a shower tile installation. The finished niche is typically 12” wide. They are offered in varying heights – some with additional shelves! These niches come waterproofed and prepped for tile. Check out some of the niches we’ve installed using preformed units.

Examples of Preformed Tile Shower Niches

 

The Custom Tile Shower Niche

If the preformed sizes just don’t work for you, another option would be to have your builder or contractor frame out a custom sized shower niche. This would happen during the framing process of your shower (or would require modification to your existing studs). During the tiling phase, our installers would board in and waterproof your custom niche to prep it for tile. A custom tile niche can really make an impact in your shower (and can offer a bigger ledge for all of your shower products).

Example of Custom Tile Shower Niche from Indoor City    Example of Custom Tile Shower Niche available from Indoor City

 

Tile Shower Niche Considerations

There are many details to consider when planning for a shower niche. Here are seven questions to ask yourself before you start:

  1. How big do I need my shower niche to be?
  2. How tall are my shampoo bottles?
  3. What do I plan to keep in my niche?
  4. Do I need 1 shelf? Or 2? Or more?
  5. Do I want my niche to be the decorative accent in the shower? Should it have an accent tile?
  6. Do I want my niche to blend in with the shower walls and be more functional than anything?
  7. What type of shelves (tile or solid surface) do I want in my niche?

We love customizing tile niches to fit your needs and design styles. We hope you can find some inspiration here for your next shower project!