What’s the deal with custom made shower niches?

Off-the-shelf niches that you’d find at a hardware store are essentially the same as custom made shower niches from The Niche Man, right?


While you may be tempted to purchase a ready-made niche because it’s easy to access and possibly a bit cheaper, there’s a big difference between what Bunnings has on its shelves and what The Niche Man can create for you.

Here are a few reasons why you should think twice before grabbing that off-the-shelf shower niche.

Superior quality

There’s no way to ignore the fact that off-the-shelf niches are lower quality than custom made shower niches. This is because they’re made from lower quality materials and are mass produced.

The Niche Man niches are made from a 100% waterproof, closed-cell, high density polyurethane rigid panel. The product is durable, lightweight and incredibly easy to work with, without compromising on quality.

We hand craft each niche in our local factory on the Mornington Peninsula, as opposed to punching out cheap standard niches on a foreign production line.

Guaranteed waterproof

Many builders avoid or discourage shower niches because they can be a key source of leakage issues in a bathroom. This perspective often comes from tradespeople who’ve used low quality, shower niches, so it’s not always accurate.

Our niches are tried and tested, and continue to impress builders and tilers as they try the product for the first time. We’ve built a niche solution that is guaranteed waterproof. In fact, we originally designed the product for our own home using the same high quality waterproof material we still use today!

Endless possibilities

There’s a very small range of shower niche options available from hardware stores and bathroom retailers. While you may be able to access standard square or rectangle shapes in a few different sizes, what you’ll find in a store like this really limits your design and build possibilities.

When we started making niches, we quickly became aware of the desperate need for custom made shower niches on the market. One size does NOT fit all circumstances. Thankfully, we’re able to develop the exact size and shape you need to suit your project.

We custom make extremely long niches for special bathroom renovations, as well as niches in all shapes: circles, hexagons, arches and more.

Give us your desired measurements, and we can whip up a quick quote and begin production as soon as you say ‘go’. Don’t be restricted by the niche options you’ll find in a store – let your creativity run wild!

Surprisingly fast turnaround

You may be attracted to the easy access of an off-the-shelf niche. Your project is underway and you need a niche NOW!

Custom made shower niches don’t mean long waits. We can provide a quote, develop your custom niche, dispatch and ship to you all within a week – often quicker.

If timing is an issue for you, give us a call on 0438 751 456 and we can give you a realistic timeframe. And we’re not beyond delivering your custom niche in person if that saves time!

Australian owned and made

Rather than purchasing from a cheap hardware chain that stocks international brands, why not support local businesses and families?

The Niche Man is proudly Australian owned and operated, and we always will be. We have a genuine passion for our product, and genuinely care about helping you get what you need.

Access to help and advice

Beyond what you can read on the box, off-the-shelf shower niches won’t give you personalised advice and assistance.

But when you purchase from The Niche Man, our team is here to support you. You can call or email us for a chat about what sort of niche you need, and you can actually speak to a real person. We’ve got lots of tips and advice to help you get the result you want.

Custom vs. off-the-shelf

While you may be about to purchase your niche from a retailer, consider this:

Do you really want that size and shape of niche? Or is it just what’s in front of you and easy to get?
Are you willing to risk purchasing a cheaper, mass-produced product? Or is it worth investing in a custom product you know will deliver on quality?
Would you benefit from speaking to the person who’ll actually produce your niche for you, for tips and advice unique to your situation?
The Niche Man is here to support your next project, and our custom made shower niches do NOT disappoint. Request a quote today, or if you’re looking for a standard size, browse our online shop.

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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