15 comments


  • Joanne

    Hi Hannah – Great tips…I am planning to put a linear glass tile in my shower niche. I would like to put it on all sides so it looks better, but I’m wondering whether the glass would break easily if I put it on the bottom of the niche (shampoo and soap containers…), and if so, would you recommend tiling the sides and top as well as the back or just the back of the niche?
    Thanks in advance for your advice.

    February 22, 2017
    • Habitar Design Team

      Hi Joanne! I would recommend doing just the back of the shower niche in the glass tile, and the top, bottom and sides should be in something more sturdy.

      – Hannah

      March 08, 2017
  • Joanne

    ps I am doing a horizontal niche that stretches all the way across my long shower wall.

    February 22, 2017
  • Carrie Chavez

    Where does one find the metal framing pieces

    March 24, 2017
  • I am putting a linear glass tile in my shower niche. I would like to put it on all sides so it looks better, but I’m wondering whether the glass would break easily if I put it on the bottom of the niche. I like your post and I am happy to share this post to my friends.

    April 27, 2017
    • Zane Wiersema

      It shouldn’t break easily if installed properly, but it may be more susceptible to scratches if something metal will be going inside the niche.

      Zane Wiersema
      Project Manager
      Habitar Design / Stratagem Construction

      May 01, 2017
  • Hi,
    Thanks for sharing this article. Its very helpful to every people.

    May 16, 2017
  • Concetta

    Thanks for all the information. How high off the floor should a shower niche be placed? How high should a shower/tub niche be placed? How high should an air tub (no shower) niche be placed.

    September 22, 2017
    • Habitar Design Team

      There’s no standard, it depends on aesthetic and utility. For example, in a shower, you would want the height of the niche at about chest height. More important than the location is the water proofing. If the niche will be lower than the water supply lines – as it usually is in a shower – then you want to use cement board on the walls, red guard the entire niche and install the bottom tile so that it has a slight pitch and sits on top of the wall tile (as opposed to butting up against the wall tile).

      Hope this helps!

      – Zane, Construction Project Manager, Habitar Design

      October 19, 2017
  • I like how you suggested making sure that the contractor waterproofs the niche to ensure proper drainage in the shower area because a leak from a niche will cause substantial damage in the future. I was planning to get the bathroom remodeled next year, and adding a shower niche is among the things that I’m considering. Seeing this article gave me ideas of what to look for and ensure. Thanks a lot!

    November 24, 2017
    • Habitar Design Team

      Great, happy to help! They’re a great space saver, keeping out the clutter and maintaining your stylish bathroom remodel. We still love niches!

      November 28, 2017
  • Beth Trotter

    Is it possible to add a shower niche to an existing tiled shower or is that just too impractical?

    March 14, 2018
    • Habitar Design Team

      Unfortunately, adding a shower niche to existing tile will extremely compromise the waterproofing of the shower, and lead to mold and decay over time. We recommend a nice bench or shower caddy to hold you over for storage until you are ready for a full re-tile.

      March 20, 2018
  • Rita lipham

    My installers have put in my shower neich and I don’t like it. It is not symmetrical and the stone looks horribly lined up around it. What can I do? I went in there and told them that I didn’t like it and that I didn’t order it.

    June 20, 2018
    • Habitar Design Team

      Rita,

      Not sure I have an answer. That’s really an issue with your contractor. Sorry to hear that. Hope the final product comes out OK.

      Mitch

      August 21, 2018

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