If you've hired a remodeling contractor to redo the shower in your master bathroom, there are many details to carefully assess before you sign off on the plans for the project. One useful addition to your shower that can blend style and function is a shampoo/soap niche. The shower niche is a cutout area in the wall of the shower that is designed to hold your shampoo, soap, and perhaps some other toiletries. It's a visually appealing alternative to a rack that affixed to the tiles with suction cups, and more convenient than keeping your toiletries on the floor of the shower. Here are three details to evaluate before you go ahead with this construction.
Don't be indifferent when it comes to selecting the ideal height for your shampoo/soap niche. You shouldn't choose the vertical placement solely based on your eye. This is an area that you'll be accessing every single time that you shower, so it's important for the niche to be conveniently located. Stand in the shower and point to your preferred height, and then have your spouse do the same. This is especially important if there's a large size discrepancy between you and your spouse. In this case, selecting a position that is equidistant between your two preferred choices is ideal.
You'll often see shampoo/shower niches that are of different depths. The last thing you want is for the niche to be too shallow, as this would cause your shampoo bottle to hang over the front edge of the niche and perhaps fall off easily. While it's true that you might use different sizes of shampoo bottles in the years ahead, assess what you normally use and how many products you want to fit inside the niche. You can then discuss this matter with your contractor to ensure that the niche is deep enough.
Proximity To Water
Generally, it's less than ideal if the niche is positioned in an area in which the spray from the shower will get it wet. While the niche will be built to be water resistant, you don't want the water hitting this area more than it has to. Because the bottom of the niche is flat, water can pool in this area. Over time, this can create mildew. You'll normally want the niche positioned in a spot where it might catch some occasionally spray, but not be fully covered in water while you shower.