Using Bricks – 3 Shower Shelf Options

Shower accessories are dead, long live the brick storage. Now when I say a brick storage I am referring to the use of bricks to create a shelf or ledge in a shower area. The reason this has become more and more popular is the constant frustrations for people who have had a rusty shelf or two. What about ceramic soap dishes? No. Often with the older shower accessorises water or chemicals in the water damage the metal shelving’s and over time look like a rusted out car on the front lawn of “that” house in the street

All this is to say that more natural options are coming back into fashion. I have spoken at length about nib walls and shower boxes and will briefly cover them below. The last option which we seem to be doing a lot lately is the ledge at the base of the shower that is used as a footrest.  It’s important to note that the more brickwork you have the more difficult the tiling is.

1. Shower Shelf/Recess/Niche

The location of a shower niche is space and use dependent. Shower niches can reduce clutter while adding a new feel and dimension to your shower space. The latest trend is moving away from tubs while creating a larger shower space. Shower caddies are useful but usually, lack aesthetic appeal. Built-in shower wall niches can be as functional as they are striking. Niches can hold a wide range of items, including shampoo bottles and candles for ambience.

So once you had decided you are having the niche the next step is to decide whether or not you want it to the be the feature of the room. Often the shower is the first thing you see when you look into a room so the box will often draw your eyes to it. The recently completed bathroom renovation below that is located in Canning Vale, Perth WA is one of the nicest finished boxers we have ever done.

2. Nib Wall

Do you ever have that one spot between your shower screen and vanity that you can’t quite get too? For many of our clients, it can be the most frustrating part of their bathroom as a lot of the time poor design and incorrect installation combined with lack of space results in this common issue. This brings us to the Nib Wall or that wall in the shower, that some people referred to it as.

The nib wall is a bricked and tiled wall that goes between the space of the vanity and shower. It is built to the height of the vanity and just slightly short of the width to allow for the shower screen trim in most cases. The reason it is done to the same height is to create a seamless look, often tiling the nib wall in the wall tile so it almost looks invisible. You can build them as high as you like but the purpose we recommend it for is one of being practical not a feature. The nib wall allows for a custom screen to go over and down the wall eliminating the pesky gab previous spoken about.

Below is examples of our design

3. Foot Rest/Low Shelf

A foot rest is designed for shaving your legs, Often you will see people install with only a metal bar across from one wall to the next in a corner. The reality is both options are work the same the only difference is what you can use the bricked foot rest for. The examples used in the bathroom renovations below in Dianella and Southern River WA are both long foot rests built around 300mm high and 600mm wide. The cons of doing something like this is the position of the shower head is effected as you cant stand as close to it.

It’s important to note that all our advice is general in nature and all bathrooms are unique so always speak to your local qualified tradesman for the best advice. If you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia just email us at – Small Bathroom Renovations Perth

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  1. I totally agree when you said that niches can be used for convenience to hold shampoos and soaps. That is the actual reason why I wanted to call contractors to install one in our bathroom. It’s because I usually place my soap and shampoo on the top of the toilet bowl which can fall in the bowl when it becomes slippery. That will be a waste of resources.

  2. Am looking at an upgrade of our 3 wet areas. On Suite, family bathroom and laundry. Had a good look at your site and the info and tips were an insite.
    If you are interested contact at your earliest and we can look over the project.

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