My customer wants to put shelves in the shower..a whole walls worth on
the end of a whirlpool tub. I don't wanna tile shelves. (do I?) what
about the edges facing...you know...
I suggested a cedar plant stand. like you might see in a suana...
any ideas? Thanks
I'd do it in pieces of solid surface that matched to color of the tile. The
S.S. dealer can shop-fabricate the whole mini-bookcase thing with glued
joints, put a nice edge on the front, and size it properly so you can just
tile up to it, assuming you shim it into the framing correctly before you
put the backer board up. Won't be cheap, though. Lotsa hand work. A cheaper
alternative would be several of those premade shower nook shells that are
sized for 'perfect tiling'- no cuts needed, square corners, etc. One of the
home improvement shows featured them a year or so back- looked like a real
I assume you mean stone tile because ceramic tile already has many options
for finishing edges including bullnosed tile and edge and corner moldings.
Check out tile intended for kitchen and bath countertops.
For stone tile you can have the edges bullnosed (about $7 a foot around
here) or use a metal edge bead or outside corner bead. You can bullnose
tiles freehand with a belt sander but it dosen't look as professional. You
can trim with wood like Teak or mahogany but poor maintenence will have it
looking like crap before long.
Maybe you can frame and tile a large rectangular niche and provide glass
shelves fitted to the opening. (my best solution)
Finally, glass shelves on those new modern brackets that just stick straight
out of the wall without the usual angled part on the bottom
Now thats a good idea for this project. The shelves on either end will
Plenty of room too..
I like the glass Idea. very easy to hang, and they definetely match.
The corain someone suggested would probably look equally nice.
Glass would probably be cheaper, we have a good glass company
up the street. The only thing...if someone ever fell and went to
the glass may break where'as the corain or similiar may just
Depending on how much water exposure you expect, you could simply build
I built a pair of simple quarter circle shelves for our shower out of an
old redwood 2x10 (recycled from an old deck). Planed it to 1 inch
thickness, used a router and a pivot point to cut out a half circle, then
cut that in half for two quarter circles. I rounded the front edges, sanded
them smooth, then applied three coats of a spar urethane. I mounted them in
the corner of our shower using simple metal "L" brackets and stainless
Our shower is large, about 6 feet square, so our shelves don't see any
direct water exposure. But, they do get wet when we reach for the soap,
from the shampoo bottles, etc. They've been up more than a year now and
look as good as the day I installed them.
Just another option...
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