Glass Shelves in Shower Niche - open back Question

homecrewApril 29, 2013
I am considering having glass shelves installed in my shower niche as part of my new shower. I am thinking that there should be about a 1/4 inch gap between the shelves and the back wall (glass mosaic tile) so they can be cleaned. Any thoughts much appreciated ?
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Bens General Contracting Corp.
I have always found the niches to leak. we use radius corner granite shelves instead. If you do use a niche try to put it out of the way of the shower. I would also suggest you use this pre fab niche (see enclosed). it can be tiled over and it seals up pretty good.
    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 7:13AM
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Rockin' Fine Finish
You should be able to remove them so yes leave enough room for that
    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 7:14AM
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    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 7:15AM
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Ironwood Builders
I think loose glass in a shower is a bad idea unless it is tempered...and even then it's not a great idea. Interested to know what your tile setter thinks of the plan...and how he/she thinks it can be accomplished.
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homecrew
Thanks for all the comments - I was thinking that they should not be removable (to avoid leaks), but I don't want to be cleaning all those corners, which is why I was thinking that there should be a space 1/4" between the back edge of each glass shelf and the back wall of the niche. I would have 3 shelves in one long niche. Thoughts ?
    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 10:18AM
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I think Ironwood had some great ideas with safety glass and not being removable. look at those niches I posted. they are supposed to help with leaks. send pics. I would love to see it done
    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 11:10AM
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homecrew, Better with the glass set! If you have hard water...get a water softener!
    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 11:17PM
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