Nib Wall V Shower Gap
January 22, 2018

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nib wall vs shower gap

Enough of me trumpeting my own horn lets get to what you are here for the classic debate of nib wall versus nothing or let’s call it a “gap”. Most bathroom renovations we do in Perth, Western Australia have what I call the classic family bathroom gap. This is where the “gap” will occur between the shower screen and the vanity. Most likely if you have a bathroom like below you will have very poor use of space as bathrooms built in this time were not designed for cleaning. The before photos for bathroom renovations we completed in Safety Bay and Canning Vale show you what not to do with spacing of vanities and shower screens

As you can see the gap for cleaning is not existent, the gap is so small the owner of this home had a daily struggle with trying to clean the glass.


The error with this one is the common issue of having the vanity top touch the screen leaving an awkward cleaning space.


So what is the solution you ask? Better planning for one thing but the other is making a choice between a nib wall like below



Or leaving a large enough gap for cleaning.



To make this easier I will do a quick break down on the pros and cons of a nib wall


  • Great for eliminating that gap between vanity and screen
  • Creates a handy ledge in the shower that’s easier to clean than corner shelf or baskets
  • Can create a cool and modern vibe to the bathroom
  • Makes the shower often feel larger
  • Won’t get rusty or break down



  • More work to build
  • Requires a high degree of care when waterproofing
  • Extra tiling and materials which increases the cost of the bathroom renovation
  • Will need to have a custom-made shower screen which will add to the cost of your bathroom


For just having a gap effectively you have decided either the costings is too high or you don’t like the feel/look of the nib wall. The key to just having a gap is making it at least a hand width for access around 100mm for cleaning. Below are some bathroom examples. In an ideal world, it would be large enough to put a washing basic but often that is just not possible.


When deciding what you are going to have way up the pros and cons and decide if its right for your renovation. Take note that if you do a nib wall make sure the installer has done them a few times as the waterproofing can be a much larger deal due to the height and movement of the walls. I personally love the nib wall just for the fact that it eliminates the gap that often people hate. It acts as another shelf in the shower and can give the bathroom another wow factor that lasts the test of time.


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. At on the ball bathrooms we love feedback so let us know what you think with a comment below or if you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia contact us on 0419964678 or email us at

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