How to Install a Tile Shelf in a Bathroom Shower

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How to Install a Tile Shelf in a Bathroom Shower

Installing a tile shelf in a shower is an easy and decorative way to incorporate a practical and durable storage solution into your shower. Using the same tiles as you use for the walls, a simple tile cut will allow you to achieve professional looking results with a minimum of fuss. This project will allow you to have a place to store soap and shampoo without clutter. This project needs to be installed while tiling the shower. This project is best done if the shower is being tiled with 12-inch tiles.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tile (of the same or contrasting type as your shower)
  • Tile saw

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  1. 1

    Cut as many tiles as the number of shelves you desire at either a diagonal across the centre of the tile or arced out from the diagonal through the centre. One tile per shelf is strong enough, though it may not seem so. The shelf's stability comes from being sandwiched between the row of tile above and below.

  2. 2

    Tile the shower until you reach the height desired for your first shelf.

  3. 3

    Install the tile you intend to use for a shelf straight out from the corner, instead of flat against the wall (in the space where the grout line would go). The lower and upper tile courses will hold the tile in place.

  4. 4

    Continue tiling your shower. Add as many shelves as you wish this way, using rows of tiles as spacers between your shelves.

  5. 5

    Grout around the shelves as you would with any other tile.

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