If you are installing tile in your shower, consider putting in a matching tiled corner shelf. Nestled in the front or back corner, a shelf adds storage for items you use in the shower. You can build one shelf or several, mounted at varying levels. If you're planning to renovate your bath, installing a tile shelf will allow you to keep your soap, shampoo and conditioner bottles tidy and within easy reach.
Things You'll Need
- Tile saw
- Tile-setting adhesive
Select a tile that, when cut in half diagonally, is large enough to work as a shelf. It should match or complement your shower tile.
Cut a template for your shelf from a piece of cardboard. This will give you the proper angle for cutting your tile. Just cutting the tile in half may not work, since walls are not perfectly square and the plumbing and construction methods can affect the angle where the walls intersect.
Tile your shower to the level where you want the shelf to sit. You are going to use the structure of the tiled wall to support your shelf.
Cut your shelf tile, using the cardboard template and a tile saw. Make sure the shelf fits tightly against the cement board under the tile. When the remaining wall tile is installed and grouted, the shelf will be safely held in place.
Make pencil marks on the tiles that will be used immediately above the shelf to indicate any adjustments -- offset cuts -- that are necessary. Use the newly cut shelf tile as a guide for these offset cuts to ensure that the wall tiles above the shelf will remain in precise alignment with those on either side.
Cut the wall tile for the row that will be installed above the shelf. Follow the pencil marks to ensure your cuts are precise.
Place the tile corner shelf at the desired location, with its two rear edges firmly wedged into the corner and making full contact with the setting adhesive. The bottom of the shelf should be flush against the row of tile beneath it.
Finish tiling the shower stall, making sure the tile shelf sets well into the grout. As you grout your wall, grout the shelf, too.
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