Shower Niche Sizes (Standard Height & Shelf Dimensions)

In this shower niche sizes guide you’ll find the standard shower niche dimensions for horizontal & vertical designs, how deep they are, and the best shower niche size.
Shower with shower nicheSuppose a homeowner is looking for an alternative to a generic plastic shower caddy to hold all their bathroom and shower products. In that case, building a shower niche into their bathroom walls is a great option. A shower niche can be camouflaged in the walls by matching its tiles to the one on the walls, or it can be a unique one with a different design. 

A shower niche is the best option for every bathroom, especially in smaller showers. It can be sophisticated with minimalist and more contemporary styles or eclectic with a Moroccan tile pattern; the possibilities are endless.

Standard Shower Niche Size 

Standard shower niche sizeMost homeowners will choose to install prefab and ready-to-install shower niches, and to make the size choosing easy; they will often go for the standard shower niche.

Common shower wall niches widely available for any home will come in the dimensions of 12 inches or 30 centimeters for the width, a height of 28 inches or 71 centimeters, and a shower niche depth of 3.5 inches or 9 centimeters. 

Aside from this size, the other widely purchased and utilized shower niches come in equal sizes of 12 inches or 30 centimeters for both width and height. This is a size excellent for smaller shower stalls. 

Shower Niche Height

Considering the height of any chosen shower niche is essential because it needs to be tall enough for all the shower products a homeowner will need. An excellent way to measure this is by calculating the height of the tallest shower bottle or product you have to make sure that it will fit the chosen size. 

Another consideration for height is if they have pump bottles which will need more space above it for anyone to reach their hand in and pump the bottle. 

A shower niche, on average, should at least be 47 inches or 119 centimeters from the floor to ensure that anyone of average height will be able to reach in for their products. For showers over a tub, lowering the height is preferred to ensure that it will be within access to anyone using the bath. 

How Deep Are Shower Niches? 

The standard shower niche depth is 3.5 inches or about 9 centimeters which is the standard width of most wood studs. On the other hand, for people living in high-rise buildings where steel studs are installed, the maximum depth a shower niche might be able to reach is about 2.5 inches or 6 centimeters. 

Both of these depths will be able to be enough for most products and bigger bottles so that homeowners can opt for these standard sizes. This depth size can also be adjusted for a custom-made shower niche where it is considered simultaneously as everything in the bathroom. 

Stud Bay Width For Shower Niche 

Stud bay widths will differ from house to house. Some homes will need to install their chosen shower niche vertically since the stud frames will not allow it to be installed horizontally. In contrast, some homes will allow work better with a horizontal shower niche. 

More often than not, stud widths for existing homes will be slightly wider than the average 12 inches or 30 centimeters width for standard shower niche sizes. 

If homeowners are renovating their bathrooms to include a shower niche, it will usually be vertical if they don’t want any structural fortification done on the stud itself. The best thing about the vertical shower niche is that it will allow custom shelving as high as any homeowner would want. 

Stud bay width will usually be 14.5 inches or 37 centimeters, fitting standard shower sizes and their niches. 

Standard Shower Shampoo Niche Size 

Door less showerThe shower niche size that will fit most bottles of shampoos, big or small, is the same as the standard shower niches. These are the most common since they will fit most standard stud bay widths at 14.5 inches or 37 centimeters. 

These shower shampoo niches will come in dimensions of 12 inches or 30 centimeters for the width, a height of 28 inches or 71 centimeters, and a shower niche depth of 3.5 inches or 9 centimeters. 3.5 inches for depth is the standard depth that will fit even most larger shampoo bottles. 

Horizontal Shower Niche Size 

Horizontal shower niche sizeA horizontal shower niche will add another sprinkle of aesthetic to any bathroom and make it more modern with the added shelf space for more bath products and even décor. A horizontal shower niche will span two or even more stud bays and require more than just renovation. 

The most common horizontal shower niche has dimensions of 14 inches or about 36 centimeters for height, a width from side to side of 47 inches or 119 centimeters, and a depth of 4 inches or 10 centimeters. This size can easily be adjusted according to any homeowner’s preference. 

Shower Niche Shelf Dimensions 

Shower niche shelf heightThe best option for shelving for the shower niche is a vertical design. The higher the niche a homeowner is looking to install, the more shelving options will be available. 

Ensure that each shelf, especially the ones that will house shampoo bottles, will at least be 12 to 13 inches or about 30 to 33 centimeters. Multiple this height according to how many shelves one would like in their shower niche. 

Soap Niche Size

Another common bathroom shower niche is the soap dispensers, often sold in stores as a duo with a shampoo niche built-in with a compartment designated for soap.

The most standard design will have a width of 7 inches or about 18 centimeters and a height of 14 inches or 36 centimeters. This duo will be perfect for smaller homes and people who use a minimal amount of bath products. 

Best Size for Shower Niche

The best size of shower niche any home should get is the standard size at 12 inches or 30 centimeters for the width, a height of 28 inches or 71 centimeters, and a shower niche depth of 3.5 inches or 9 centimeters.

This shower niche will be big enough for the standard stud bay width, which will require the minimum amount of effort done when it comes to renovation. 

Visit our open concept shower design guide for more related content.

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Sarah Reyes is a writer and blogger with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting (BABr) degree from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She writes about interior design ideas and is a fan of minimalist designs.

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