Shower Recess - Tips and Tricks

March 19, 2019

A shower niche/box/shelf is a practical and stylish vessel for all your necessities. The reason I have used so many slashes as like all parts of renovations different tradesman have different names for the same actions. For this though we shall go with the niche as it sounds cooler. 


The rising popularity of inbuilt shower recesses is due to a few reasons but the number one is the hatred people have had with rusting shower shelves and the cramped nature of too many items sticking out the wall, Who hasn't banged their head or elbow on a shower soap dish?, If you haven't, consider yourself very fortunate. 

The niche is not the easiest item to install in a bathroom renovation due to the nature of the area its located in. Waterproofing is the biggest priority in a bathroom renovation so the construction of the niche in that area requires extra work in ensuring it is all sealed tight. The other aspect niche is you need a cavity to place it in so often the only way it can installed is on an external wall or you need to build a completely new wall to house it in. If you can't install the niche CLICK HERE for alternatives in using bricks for shower storage. 


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. Below we will show you bathroom renovations we have done in Perth, Western Australia that use the box in different ways

Keep It The Same


Below are bathroom renovations completed in Mount LawleyLangford and Kingsley that use the shower box in the simplistic way. By keeping the box the same as the other wall tiles around it allows for a more subtle and continuous feature making the space for larger. 

 Run It Up The Wall 


One of the biggest modern trends we do is having a feature wall that incorporates the floor tile/ This is done to create a prominent feature without having to add a third tile. This shower box adds again to that feature without being overpowering. These bathroom renovations below completed in Leeming, Mt Lawley and Atwell are prime examples 


The Feature Of The Room 

Why not make it a feature of the room? Some will say it will be filled with Shampoo and bottles so it will get lost but they are haters!. I love making it a feature as 



Bonus Tip - Put A Trim Around It

Often we will install a trim around the box to emphasis the finish off the box often matching the trim to the colour of the tap ware for that added flow.

Whenever you renovate you should always aim to make your life easier, not harder. The niche will make your life easier plain and simple now the installation may be the tricky part but whoever does your bathroom renovation they should always be able to give you a plan of action regardless of how complex, Most bathroom renovations we do in Perth now incorporate the tiled recess so its become the norm for us but unlike certain trends i personally feel this one is here to stay.


All bathrooms are different with no two ever the same so it's important to take our advice as just a guide to help you along the way. The advice we give is based on bathrooms completed in Perth WA. We at on the ball bathrooms love feed back. Let us know what you think, the experiences you have had or any questions you would love to know the answer to. We will aim to help or give any piece of mind as we can as nothing would make us happier. If you are looking for a bathroom renovations quote and you live in Perth, Western Australia please don't hesitate to send us an email at or give us a call on 0419964678.


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