One of our frequently asked questions is about how we built the tall shower niche in our Master Bath and if we are happy with it. I am very pleased with the single tall niche. Our shower isn't very big and this niche gives us lots of storage. Also, since we didn't have room for a bench in the shower, the bottom shelf functions as a ledge to put my foot on for shaving. Mostly, I like the added touch of the green glass tiles and the marble shelves to the white subway tiles.
Billy is back today to tell you all about how he built the niche...
When we were planning our master bathroom, one of the must haves for my wife was a shower niche. This would be a place to keep the shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and anything else that finds its way in to the shower - without being in the way. Also, it would help give a little bit of contrast to the white subway tile we used for the two walls within the shower. This was done by using 12” Glacier Ice Brick mosaic glass tile sheets that were bought at the Home Depot. The shower is 32” x 48” and the niche was placed on the larger wall, framed between the existing studs.
Once all framed, I used cement backerboard to cover the walls. I started by cutting the piece to fit the back of the opening first. This piece had to be cut and placed first so that the the side and top pieces could be screwed into the framing to hold that piece in place. I then used Redgard (purchased at Home Depot), a liquid waterproofing membrane, to waterproof all the joints of the backerboard as seen in the photo below.
I installed the bottom shelf prior to starting the tile. A little extra thinset was applied at the rear for a slight pitch toward the shower. I tiled about a third of the way up before installing the next shelf. Then did the same for the top one. For the shelves, I used a piece of marble threshold which I cut to fit. I supported the shelves with the surrounding tile. To prevent water from puddling up on the 2 upper shelves, I cut the side supporting tiles with a 1/16” pitch toward the shower floor.
Cement Backerboard- Home Depot
Redgard- Home Depot
Marble Door Thesholds for shelves- Home Depot
Mosaic Brick Glass Tile- Home Depot
Check out more posts about our Master Bath:
Master Bath Reveal (including sources)