Tiling a shower niche isn’t that bad. Today you’ll learn how to install two niches. Click here to get more tips from our online courses
The first step is to do serious planning. You see this later in the video but Steve recommends having one solid sill for the niche. Usually that’s made of a 4 inch wide piece of tile or marble.
Once you have your plan down the installation begins by adding the sill to the shower niche. Place thin-set on the sill and the niche…add a bit more thin-set to the back of the sill so that it can slope toward the tub or shower.
You want this to happen so that water drains properly and doesn’t pool in the corners. The pitch should be about 1/16 of an inch.
Once the sill is in place you can add your tile mosaics to the main wall. Mosaics can sit directly on the sill and if you need multiple pieces, which is likely the case, you can use 1/16″ horseshoe shims to get proper grout joint spacing. Steve shares what these shims look like in the video.
Add the top piece of tile to cap the tile mosaic. Then measure for the side pieces of the niche.
Now this is where it gets a little tricky. Because the sill is sloped you’ll have to scribe cut the side pieces. One way to do this is with a a 4 1/2″ angle grinder equipped with a DeWALT XP4 disc.
Be very careful when using an angle grinder. It’s best to cut tiles outside and where all the safety gear…you’ll see Steve manhandle the grinder in this video but remember he’s a pro and use the right precautions.
Watch the video for all the details