What is a shower niche?

Great question! If you’re wondering what on earth a ‘shower niche’ is, you’ve come to the right place. We get asked this on a daily basis.

You’ve probably seen a shower niche before, though you may not have known at the time that it had a particular name. Perhaps it was at a friend’s house or in a hotel bathroom. Chances are you thought to yourself, ‘well that’s a handy feature!’

A shower niche is a recessed shelf located in the cavity of a shower wall. Sometimes they get called shower shelves, shower boxes, shower recesses or bathroom boxes. The shelf is finished and waterproof, perfect for storing shower items like shampoo, soap, body wash… or even the occasional glass of wine (no judgement for drinking in the shower here!).

What is a niche used for?

Niches are primarily used for storing things in a shower, however our customers have been known to use them in a variety of creative ways! We see beautiful niches installed above baths as feature pieces in the bathroom, in outdoor shower areas, steam rooms, saunas, or outdoor pool and spa areas.

You can also install LED lighting into a niche, providing a beautiful atmospheric glow to any bathroom or outdoor space.

Where can you get a shower niche from?

Your builder can build a shower niche into your shower for you, or there are some standard size shower niches available at hardware stores. However, in Australia The Niche Man is fast becoming the go-to option for high quality, waterproof shower niches made to your specifications.

We create niches that are ready to be installed by you if you’re doing your own bathroom installation or renovation, your builder or your carpenter, or chippie. Our niches are square, 100% waterproof and custom made to the size you want, so you don’t need to settle for the standard sizing and shapes available over the shelf at hardware stores.

What types of niches are there?

Shower niches can come in a range of sizes, shapes and finishes. At The Niche Man, we offer three core niche products.

Tile Over Niche

Tile Over niches come ready to be installed, and can then be tiled over once you’re at that stage. Builders and tilers love how easy these are to install and tile over, and a range of styles can be achieved by tiling over the standard Tile Over niche.

Learn more about The Niche Man niche product.

Glass Niche

Glass niches are made from the same durable lightweight polyurethane high density rigid panel that Tile Over niches are made from, making them 100% waterproof. However, they come pre-made with glass inserts of a Dulux colour of your choice, ready to be installed.

Check out our Luxx shower niche range.

Metal Niche

Like glass niches, these niches come pre-made with a metal insert, ready to be installed by your builder.

Check out our Metallico shower niche range.

If you’d like to know more about shower niches and how they can be used, please contact The Niche Man on 0438 751 456 for a chat, or request a quote via our website.

Why choose a Niche Man Shower Niche?


  • Custom Built to the size YOU want


  • Design your own Shape & Size


  • 100% Waterproof & Ready to Tile


  • No Membrane required


  • Made from durable lightweight polyurethane high-density rigid panel


  • Mould & Fungus resistant


  • Ideal for bathrooms, outdoor shower area, steam rooms, saunas, outdoor pool and spa areas

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