Is the Shower Niche Right for You? Here Are Five Ways to Find Out
Shower niches come in different styles and types, so you have a wide variety of designs to choose from. Typically, all shower niches can be categorized as either tiled shower niches or finished shower niches. The kind you like most depends on you, as both provide the same function and level of design.
Below are examples of a few different variations of tiled and finished shower niches to give you a better idea of the diversity of use in this space.
1. Preformed Niche
The preformed shower niche is a type of tiled shower niche that is identifiable because of the way it is installed, as well as the type of materials used. It may be obvious to state this, but preformed shower niches are built using waterproof materials. They are easy to install, but they only come in a few different sizes, so this may not be the best option for a customized look.
2. Custom Niche
A custom tiled niche can be made in any shape and size depending on what you’re looking for with your new bathroom remodel. Your trusted contractor will have to make a custom box that’s framed to the shape and size of your preferred niche.
Keep in mind that going this route requires an understanding of where your wall studs are. You will have to secure this new niche box to the wall and coat it with waterproof materials. This option may be slightly more expensive than a preformed niche.
3. Retrofit Niche
Much like the preformed tiled shower niche, the retrofit niche is a finished shower niche that already comes fabricated and ready to go. All you need to do is install it into the gap that you or your contractor have created in the wall of your shower. A strong adhesive secures the premade frame to the cubby.
4. Membrane Bond
This may not be the most attractive name, but this type of finished shower niche is really popular for those who want an affordable and easy-to-install niche. It is called a membrane bonded niche because it comes with some external space to apply the waterproof adhesive.
5. Recessed Niche
Technically, all shower niches are recessed, but you can order a prefabricated niche in either tiled or finished styles that comes with a recessed shelf. Popular prefabricated niches are typically made of plastic or galvanized steel, adding durability and resistance to an already top-tier piece of custom work.
Here are a few more examples of beautiful custom and tiled shower niches that add depth to the overall design of the bathroom.