10 Nifty Ways to Fit a Shelf in Your Shower
Pop in a perch for your washing essentials with these smart ideas for shower shelving
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If you’re installing a new shower enclosure it’s a good idea to think about storage before you begin tiling. If one of the vertical surfaces in your shower is a stud wall, a professional trades person should be able to cut out a neat recess for a shelf. This one is perfectly placed to easily grab toiletries when you’re in the shower.
The construction of your wall will dictate how big your recessed shelf can be, as you’ll only be able to knock into the areas between the timber framework.
Make a feature of your shelf by using different tiles in the recess, as they’ve done here. The patterned tile might have been too busy for a larger surface, but is perfect to highlight this small niche.
If you don’t have the option of recessed shelves, or if you fancy a larger shelf, you could get your installer to construct a low false wall instead, with the top surface acting as a ledge. The one here is at the perfect height for easy access, and the white tiles allow it to blend into the wall behind.
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Want to avoid too much water splashing on your ledge surface? Build another wall above your low shelf to act as a buffer. It won’t prevent water spraying down completely, but it will certainly help.
Here, the walls above and below have created a wall-to-wall recessed shelf, and the contrasting tile detail has turned it into a feature.
For something altogether more simple, but just as streamlined, try a neat ledge like this one. The two solid walls have allowed the shelf to be tucked neatly between them, to form a wall-to-wall surface. This one appears to have been covered with the same tiles as the rest of the shower area, to help it blend in. A contrasting finish could work just as well, but for durability make sure you choose a water resistant material.
Of course, you don’t have to go for a standard type of shelf. If you’re not able to install a ledge in your shower enclosure, try bringing in an alternative surface to act as a shelf instead. This wooden drum fits snugly in the corner and provides a little shelf for shampoo and shower gel. Look out for items around your home that you could repurpose as a quirky shower ledge, but do be aware that there will be a lot of water landing on it!
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For extra storage in your shower, consider installing a wall-hung vanity unit like this one. The tall piece of furniture provides bags of room for toiletries, and works well in this larger shower enclosure. This is a good solution for finding storage space when you want to install a large shower in a small bathroom.
Make sure the space in your shower enclosure is ergonomic by avoiding any sharp edges. These corner shelves are ideal in this space, and by installing three of them the owners have provided enough surface space for all their shower essentials. The diagonal lines of the shelves work particularly well in this bathroom, as they tie in with the geometric floor design.
If you want a shower surface that’s easy to fit, a wire rack is a great solution. This corner-mounted one requires one or two hooks to hang it and fits neatly in the space. There’s enough room for toiletries on the two tiers, but the design is unobtrusive.
In this practical wash space, the designers have used the area wisely by building a wall below the window. The construction helps to cover the pipework and cistern, while doubling up as a handy storage ledge. It runs the whole width of the window into the wet room area, so it acts as a very useful shower shelf as well.
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