In recent years, the bathroom niche has transformed from an optional addition to a stylish and functional necessity for bathroom remodels. It’s time to say goodbye to clunky shower caddies and wasted storage space, and hello to custom-designed bathroom niches. If you’re looking to revamp your bathroom storage and design with a bathroom niche, there are multiple considerations to make. Here are 6 essentials to keep in mind if you’re considering adding a niche (or two or three) to your bathroom remodel.
- Placement: Where will the bathroom niche be installed? This is a technical and practical consideration. Your bathroom remodeler will need to work around or move existing wall studs, venting, electrical, and plumbing work. Depending on these limits, the size of the niche may have to be adjusted as well. Practically, you’ll want to consider where bathroom storage will be most helpful: above the sink, in the shower, along the walls, or all of the above.
- Height: How tall do you want your niche to be? Should it be within reach for children or purposely out of their reach? If you want your niche to be eye-level, how tall is that, exactly? Bathroom niches at alternating heights, staggered along the wall, or placed in beautiful symmetry can make for great functional storage as well as a refreshing design statement.
- Size: How large do you want your niche to be? Bathroom niches can serve as small, built-in medicine cabinets above the sink, medium-sized shower niches with shelving, or even full floor-to-ceiling shelving units. Depending on what you plan to store, width and depth considerations are important as well. For instance, are you storing soaps and lotions, shower supplies, or towels?
- Shelving Materials and Measurements: There are multiple materials the shelves inside bathroom niches can be made from – farmhouse-style wood, coastal painted wood, glass, tile, granite, and even stainless steel and slate. Beyond what they’re made of, you’ll also want to consider how many shelves you want and how much space you need between them. This is a time when there is nothing wrong with showing your remodeler the exact height of your shampoo and conditioner bottles so they can properly space shower shelves.
- Tiling and Color: In an above-the-sink or shower niche, you’ll need to consider what types of tile you want to use, as well as their dimensions and color. A bathroom niche can be a great opportunity to repeat an ongoing pattern, or add interest via a contrasting color scheme, or mosaic. For example, recessive color is a great way to turn a small niche into an eye-catching focal point.
- Customization: Ultimately, a bathroom niche is all about customization. It can be used to display your favorite perfumes and lotions, it can be a practical source of storage for bathroom towels and necessities, or it can even have a special shelf for each member of the family. Depending on your needs, the bathroom niche can become a focal point of your bathroom or a seamless feature that proves an absolute necessity in your space.
If you’re looking to customize your bathroom remodel, it helps to have access to expert advice. At Crystal Bath & Shower Company, we’re happy to do the hard work for your bathroom remodel so you can get excited about all the little details. Contact us to get started today.