Get Built-in Bathroom Storage With These 10 Shower Niche Ideas

A shower niche keeps your bathing products off the floor and right at hand where you need them. Best of all, you can install these yourself.

Every Shower Needs a Niche

shower niche storage options

Without storage options, most showers tend to lose considerable floor space to bottles of shampoo and conditioner, shaving necessities, and soap or body wash. Dodging those obstacles during your shower is an annoyance for you, plus shower floor clutter is a contributor to the buildup of soap scum and mildew around and underneath the bottles.

If your shower lacks storage, these 10 shower niche ideas will help you plan the perfect inset for your bathroom. Most are fairly easy to install, requiring you to merely cut an opening into the shower wall between studs, fix the shower niche into place with screws, apply waterproofing silicone or sealant around the edges, and then cover the edges of the shower niche with tile, stone, or another material. Now you have a spot to store all of your bathing necessities!

Simple Storage

simple shower niche storage

Shower niche ideas don’t need to be complicated; all you really need is a spot to hold bottles of shampoo and conditioner, along with soap, shaver, and maybe a loofah. A simple design like the Redi Niche (available at The Home Depot) provides just enough storage space to keep things tidy even in a very small shower. Once in place, the niche is ready for the tile of your choice.

Add Shine

shiny ceramic shower niche

Pure white glazed ceramic adds a fresh, clean look to your shower and works well with any decorating style from vintage to contemporary. A shower niche with multiple compartments, like this 3-compartment model (available on Amazon), makes it easy to keep your bathing products neatly organized and easy to grab, even when water is running into your eyes.

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Let There Be Light

add lights shower niche

While you’ll likely need the help of a professional to handle electrical wiring in a shower stall or shower/tub combo, it’s hard to beat the appeal of a lighted shower niche. No more dark corners, no more mildew hiding in the dimness, no more squinting to make out which bottle is the shampoo and which is the conditioner. Lighted shower niche ideas are especially suited to contemporary bathroom designs.

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Tall and Thin

tall thin shower niche

Designing a niche for a tiny shower stall can be tricky; it’s easy to overwhelm the space with an overly large niche, but you still want enough space to hold your toiletries. Shower niches that are tall and thin, such as this stainless steel stunner (available at The Home Depot), make efficient use of the space while providing just enough room to hold the necessities.

Contemporary Cement

cement shower niche

If your bathroom is languishing in an outdated style from decades back, bring it into the current century with the au courant look of smooth cement. A polished gray rim surrounding a tiled back in varied shades of gray gives this easy-to-install shower niche with a glass shelf (available at The Home Depot) the updated style you’ve been looking for.

Ready for Tile

tiled shower niche

A tile shower niche is a classic design. And with a ready-to-tile storage niche like the one from Houseables (available on Amazon), adding a shower niche is an easy weekend project. Once you have the niche positioned between wall studs, it’s ready to tile in any way you desire, from rustic to vintage-inspired to contemporary looks.

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Classic Beauty

marble shower niche

Marble shower niches, whether placed in a shower completely lined with this classic stone or merely used as an accent, add an immediate touch of elegance to your bathroom while providing much-needed shower storage space. Note that installing a marble niche, like this gorgeous Italian Carrara white marble design (available on Amazon) is a little more complex than some other materials due to its weight.

So Sleek

stainless steel shower niche

If a tile shower niche or tile shower niche trim isn’t really your style, you might prefer the sleek, spare, modern, and subtly shiny look of a stainless-steel shower niche instead. As a plus, this modern take on shower storage from Alfi (available on Amazon) is easy to install in just three quick steps. It also won’t rust or lose its luster over time.

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multi compartment shower niche

If one shower niche shelf isn’t enough, how about three? With the ZigZag Recessed Shower Niche (available on Amazon) that’s just what you get. This easily installed shower niche gives you some wiggle room on the distance between the lower and upper portions, letting you determine just how much height you need. Plus, it’s easily covered with tile or stone once in place.

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Big Enough for Two

side by side shower niche

If your shower is large, or shared with one or more family members, it’s helpful to have shower niche ideas that are large enough to accommodate everybody. A double niche, like this one from Redi Niche (available at The Home Depot) installs either horizontally or vertically, letting you decide on the best shower niche placement for your needs and your bathroom’s dimensions. Once in place, the double niche is ready for your favorite tile or stone covering.

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