How do I put in shower shelves with marble tile?

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How do I put in shower shelves with marble tile?
Shower shelves add storage space inside of a shower. (shower image by Adkok from Fotolia.com)

Shelves mounted on the inside walls of a shower offer convenience and functionality; they provide a safe stable place to store soap, shampoo and other shower accessories. Shower shelving with marble tile requires a seamless installation to make the project look complete and professional. Installing shower shelves is a project a do-it-yourself type homeowner will accomplish with success.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Level
  • Thin-set adhesive
  • Putty knife
  • Wood
  • Caulking gun
  • Silicone shower caulk
  • Masking tape
  • Drill
  • Carbide masonry drill bit
  • Wall anchors
  • Screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Plan the walls or corners where the shower shelves will sit and mark the cement backer board or greenboard. Do not install shower shelving or marble tile over drywall because drywall absorbs the humidity and water in a shower area, which provides the perfect breeding ground for mould and mildew. Drywall does not hold up well to water and will turn to mush over the course of time.

  2. 2

    Place a level against the wall to ensure a straight line and trace the line onto the wall. If the bubble is not in the centre of the level, raise or lower the appropriate end of the level until the bubble centres.

  3. 3

    Apply thin-set adhesive to the mounting side of the shelf with a putty knife. Place the shelf onto the pencil line on the wall and press the shelf in place.

  4. 4

    Place a length of wood under the shower shelf to the floor to act as a temporary support while the thin-set adhesive dries. Allow the adhesive to dry fully, usually 24-hours.

  5. 5

    Remove the wood support and tile the shower walls.

  1. 1

    Mark the wall to seat the shower shelves with a straight and level line.

  2. 2

    Load a caulking gun with silicone shower caulk.

  3. 3

    Apply a bead of caulk to the mounting side of the shower shelf and press it in place on the line.

  4. 4

    Place a piece of wood running from under the shower shelf to the floor to support the shelf while the caulking dries, usually 4-to 6- hours.

  1. 1

    Place a piece of masking tape over the tile where shelves will sit.

  2. 2

    Place the shelf up against the tape and mark the screw hole onto the masking tape with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Drill through the marks on the masking tape and trough the tile with a carbide masonry drill bit.

  4. 4

    Place a wall anchor into the holes and put the shower shelf in place. Insert screws into the screw holes on the shower shelf.

  5. 5

    Tighten screws into the wall anchors to secure shower shelves.

Tips and warnings

  • Corner shelves take up less room inside of a shower than wall shelves.

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