Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image

Blog for amazing home improvement and remodeling projects in the Philadelphia area. | October 20, 2017

4229 Ridge Ave
Philadelphia PA 19129
215-848-4444
office@dremodeling.com
Scroll to top

Top

remodel

Convenient and Stylish Shower Storage Solutions for Any Modern Bathroom

October 21, 2016 |

Storage space is hard to come by in a bathroom. Even with a recessed medicine cabinet, a linen closet, and vanity space, I still have trouble storing items for daily use. More storage solutions are hidden right in front of your eyes! Focusing on just one area, the shower/tub, we can already point out 4 points of added storage space: recessed shower niche, in shower bench seating, wire baskets, and corner shelving. Check out how you can maximize your bathroom storage below!

Recessed Storage Niches

Recessed storage niches can maximize storage greatly. While updating your walk-in shower and/or tub in your bathroom, we get so excited over the new finish material opportunities but often neglect to design specified storage within the shower for ease of use. Niches are great at accommodating small and large shampoo bottles, soaps, and anything else one needs in the shower. Compared to any other storage solution in a shower, niches do not take up any additional space. A typical recessed niche is 12” W x 24” H. The 12” width allows the recessed niche to fit between vertical studs behind the wall which are typically 16” apart. The typical depth of a recessed niche is 3.5”, which is the width of a wood stud. Niches can range in width and height but should be discussed prior to starting so as to make sure any plumbing or electrical wires are not in the way as well as supporting of cut stud if make larger in width.

Recessed niches should be installed in interior walls compared to exterior walls. Materiality for these niches have to be taken into consideration as well. Niches can be tiled and can be framed with different edges to retrieve a different look. For example:

Metal edges on a niche vs. bullnose tile.

Metal Edges on a Niche

Metal Edges on a Niche

Bullnose tile

Bullnose Tile

 

Recessed niches can also span to large widths such as:

master_bath_remodel_-24-of-54

Wide Niche

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-11-55-51-pm

Niche

Wire Baskets

Wire baskets can be installed to either corner of the shower. These are meant to provide secured storage for soaps and shampoo/conditioner bottles without them slipping and falling off shelving. This is an alternative to recessed storage niches and pie shelves. These items are typically finished to be rust resistant. The wire baskets allow for moisture to completely escape, allowing for no moisture build up. Wire baskets provide a more contemporary/modern aesthetic to any shower.

 

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-11-53-39-pm

Wire Baskets

shower-caddies

Wire Basket

Corner Shelves

Corner shower shelves are an additional alternative to recessed storage niches and fixed wire basket storage. Pie shelves are meant to be installed in the corner of showers and tubs. Unlike the wire basket storage, pie shelves come in a few different materials such as marble, glass, and stone.

Shower corner shelving can come in the shape of a 1/4 pie and triangle size. Typically more 2-3 corner shelves are installed in a shower to allow for ample storage space for multiple users in the shower. A corner shelf can even be installed as a seat and/or foot rest for shaving. Heights for installation of pie shelves are based on their specific users. If you are designing for clients that are shorter or taller than average, it is recommended you install based on the needs of your client. As a point of reference, the corner shelves should be installed within minimum and maximum reach distance for the user, 36”-60” off the finished floor.

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-11-17-45-pm

Pie Shelf

screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-12-02-03-am

Shower Corner

Shower Benches

Shower benches can become another means of storage within a shower. Typically they need 15” in depth to allow adequate enough space while the seat comes 17”-19” in height from the finished floor. Corner benches are typically installed out of the spray area from the shower head, anchored at 18” from the ground so that feet can be tucked underneath. At this height, this bench can be utilized at a foot rest for shaving or lowered storage for shampoo/conditioner bottles.

Typical materials utilized for shower benches ranges from stone to wood, specifically teak. Shower benches can opt to fold for storage while showering and while not in use can store itself for added space in the shower.

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-11-47-19-pm

Stone Shower Bench

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-11-48-35-pm

Teak Wood

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-11-53-39-pm

Wall Mount Teak Seat

With all these storage solutions possible in just the shower/tub area alone, how can you just choose one? Each offers their own unique solution. When choosing some of these solutions for your bath remodel, don’t forget to consider what you seem to be missing in your current space and what can appeal to all users of the new space!

Planning a Staycation? Make It a Fun One with a Social Remodel!

July 24, 2016 |

Staying home during summer can be a drag, especially if you spend your time on Instagram, sighing over photos from exotic places. But what if, instead of moping around the house, you made plans to host an epic get-together with friends who are also stuck in Philly for the summer?
Read More

Bathroom Remodeling 101: It’s Amazing What the Right Tile Combo Can Do!

July 19, 2016 |

The visual gem we’re putting before you today is a bathroom that embodies the modern-transitional style to a tee. The remodel involved a total overhaul where we stripped the walls and flooring to reimagine the space as a warm, inviting room fit for modern-day royalty. Let’s get into the nuts and bolts of it… after the jump!

Read More

Not Sure If Your Bathroom Really Needs Remodeling?

June 26, 2016 |

The logic behind procrastinating when it comes to signing a home improvement company on to remodel your bathroom goes a bit like this: “I’d like to remodel, sure, but is it really necessary at this particular point in time?”
Read More

The Kitchen as a Work of Art: Achieving Lightness with Dark Cabinetry

June 12, 2016 |

Being in the remodeling business for a good chunk of time now, we know that no kitchen project is the same as another, as all clients strive for a unique look – and come to our expert designers to achieve it. The kitchen remodel job we’re sharing with you today required a particularly aesthetics-oriented approach – and the end result, you’ll agree, reflects our commitment to the client’s vision.
Read More