How to build a recessed niche in a shower. First step is to determine where the niche is going to be placed in relation to the tile, how big to make it and the number of shelves. Regardless of tile size, stand on the shower pan and rest your hand on the backer board to ascertain a comfortable level for the shelf. Around chest level of the main users of the shower may be Installing a tile shelf while building the shower walls is easy to do. There is no need for extra tools other than what is already being used to lay tiles on shower walls. Cutting Your Shelf. The look of a shower could be a lot better if walls are done with 12-inch tiles. The same size tile must be used on the corner shelf. Press your epoxy-backed tile onto the shelf face, keeping the top end of your face tile exactly even with (or very slightly lower) than the top edge of your shelf. You want water to be able to run off your shelf freely and not pool there. View in gallery. Move along quickly while also taking your time to make sure each tile is placed perfectly. After 24hrs, the shelf is ready to install in the shower! It only takes 5 Minutes! Make sure the shower is clean of any debris. Use the alcohol pad to clean the surface. Next, use the mounting board to decide where you would like to place the shelf. Use the sticky pads to adhere the mounting board to the shower wall. Also make sure that you put a shim of some sort in the very back corner of the shelf before you cut the tile around it – you need to have it sloped ever so slightly toward the shower and away from the wall – you need water to drain off of it. .
2. At this point, we’ll assume you’ve tiled the rest of the wall leading up to the general proposed shelf area. If possible, you want your niche to fit seamlessly in your tile design. In other words, the bottom and top of the niche should start and end at the grout lines. How to tile a shower like we show here will take you about four full days. The shower tiling alone will take two days. Shower tile and shower tiling supplies will cost about $600 if you choose standard tile. If you want fancy glass tile accents like the ones we show, brace yourself. The easiest way to do this is to make a jury stick — a 1-by-2 or similarly sized piece of wood, marked in increments to show the size of each tile and including an allowance for grout. .