Shower Storage: Shelves or Niches?

Shelves or Niches?

There comes a time in shower remodeling when one must ask: “Where do I put the shampoo bottle?” If you’re not planning to install a built-in wall or bench seat, your two best options are shelves and niches. But how to decide? Shower Door Experts can help!

 

Shelves

Shower shelves are often made of granite, marble, or ceramic. They usually blend in with the tile for an organic look. A shelf can run the length of a shower wall or get tucked into a corner to save space.

Keep in mind that these fixed shelves will be more expensive to replace if you need to make any changes, like adding lower shelves for children or people with mobility problems.

 

Glass Shelves

As glass experts, we might be biased…but glass shelves really are fantastic if you’re looking for a quick and inexpensive storage solution. Installation only takes about 20 minutes and costs way less than a niche. You can decide to put glass shelves wherever you like and add more later as needed.

One of the benefits of custom glass shelves is that brackets and clips will match your shower enclosure and other bathroom hardware. Not so with box store shelving! Your style will be consistent and can be as traditional or contemporary as you like.

 

Niches

Niches can be an eye-catching upgrade to your shower.  The tile possibilities are endless and give your shower extra personality. But they do take more time and labor to install. The cost might also be a deal-breaker. A built-in niche can run you anywhere from $300-700, depending on how elaborate it is, versus about $100 for a glass shelf.

You can also customize your niche with – wait for it – glass shelves! Creating a smaller space within your niche is ideal for small bottles and accessories.

 

Please get in touch if you have any great shelf ideas.

Of if we can help you with any custom shower glass projects!

 

A Sleek New Shower Can Make A Striking Statement

This week we installed another stream-lined Serenity Shower unit for another happy customer. In these pictures you can see the bold impact the Serenity had on their bathroom. These smooth and quiet units are installed with minimal hardware. High quality smooth gliding rollers sit atop a modest bar allowing the door to open effortlessly. The Serenity is available in brushed and polished stainless finishes and can be further customized with a variety of different handles, towel bars, and robe hooks to choose from. Call us today to see how you can easily upgrade and improve your bathroom with a new custom glass shower!Serenity BeforeSerenity with Seat Niche and Ladder Pull 2Niched Serenity with Upgraded Hardware

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Framed Mirrors

Mirror FrameMirrors can make a significant impact on the impression of space within a bathroom. Some homeowners opt for flat mirrors with either beveled or polished edges, mounted with translucent plastic pieces or mastic. In conjunction with Cardinal Shower, we are pleased to announce our introduction of framed mirrors to expand upon these options. Framed mirrors can be a great choice for several reasons. First, they can actually be less expensive than flat mirrors due to the availability of stock sizes as well as the ease of installation. Instead of plastic pieces or mastic, our framed mirrors mount with a j-bar, which makes them more sturdy than mirrors mounted with mastic. Second, they can better complement bathroom fixtures and frameless shower hardware. Since the framing is available in finishes that complement bathroom fixtures (i.e., chrome, brass, brushed nickel, polished nickel, oil rubbed bronze, roman bronze, etc.), they can more effectively complement and tie together other bathroom components. We even offer some novel hardware finishes, like satin chrome, marble, and white. Third, since our framed mirrors are available in three framing profiles, different styles of decor can be taken into account. If your decor is more modern and minimalist, the flat CMF69 frame may be most appropriate. If your decor is more traditional, the fluted CMFM1 profile may be a better fit. The point is that the frame, via its shape and hardware finish, can make a statement in and of itself.
Mirror FrameWhat we like most about the framed mirrors is that they give us the opportunity to offer our customers a unique package of mirrors and shower doors. However, plenty of customers opt to just purchase framed mirrors from us, largely due to the ease of installation. Each unit comes with four corner brackets, a hanging rail with screws and anchors, glass blocks, and eight retainer blocks. We recommend that you secure the hanging rail directly to studs for the most secure installation. The anchors are used when you cannot hit a stud.
Our framed mirrors are available in custom sizes, as well as the following stock sizes:

We have various sizes and all three frame profiles on display at our shower door showroom in Jefferson, MD, and we have a dedicated Framed Mirrors product page on our website.
Happy Showering!

Rounded Framed Mirror
Round

Flat Framed Mirror
Flat

Beveled Framed Mirror
Beveled

Framed Mirrors

Mirror FrameMirrors can make a significant impact on the impression of space within a bathroom. Some homeowners opt for flat mirrors with either beveled or polished edges, mounted with translucent plastic pieces or mastic. In conjunction with Cardinal Shower, we are pleased to announce our introduction of framed mirrors to expand upon these options. Framed mirrors can be a great choice for several reasons. First, they can actually be less expensive than flat mirrors due to the availability of stock sizes as well as the ease of installation. Instead of plastic pieces or mastic, our framed mirrors mount with a j-bar, which makes them more sturdy than mirrors mounted with mastic. Second, they can better complement bathroom fixtures and frameless shower hardware. Since the framing is available in finishes that complement bathroom fixtures (i.e., chrome, brass, brushed nickel, polished nickel, oil rubbed bronze, roman bronze, etc.), they can more effectively complement and tie together other bathroom components. We even offer some novel hardware finishes, like satin chrome, marble, and white. Third, since our framed mirrors are available in three framing profiles, different styles of decor can be taken into account. If your decor is more modern and minimalist, the flat CMF69 frame may be most appropriate. If your decor is more traditional, the fluted CMFM1 profile may be a better fit. The point is that the frame, via its shape and hardware finish, can make a statement in and of itself.

Mirror FrameWhat we like most about the framed mirrors is that they give us the opportunity to offer our customers a unique package of mirrors and shower doors. However, plenty of customers opt to just purchase framed mirrors from us, largely due to the ease of installation. Each unit comes with four corner brackets, a hanging rail with screws and anchors, glass blocks, and eight retainer blocks. We recommend that you secure the hanging rail directly to studs for the most secure installation. The anchors are used when you cannot hit a stud.

Our framed mirrors are available in custom sizes, as well as the following stock sizes:

We have various sizes and all three frame profiles on display at our shower door showroom in Jefferson, MD, and we have a dedicated Framed Mirrors product page on our website.

Happy Showering!

Rounded Framed Mirror
Round
Flat Framed Mirror
Flat
Beveled Framed Mirror
Beveled

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