pre-formed shower niches

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Richard S, Mar 11, 2005.

  1. Richard S

    Richard S New Member

    Jan 30, 2005
    Washington State
    I'm in the process of rebuilding my tub surround & will be using tile. I've been trying to find the best alternative to custom building a wall niche. I had previously found out about Recess-It which I didn't want to use as others had noted that the flange protrudes a bit out from the cbu & I didn't want to mess with feathering out the thinset to get the tiles to look right. I've found 2 other products: Duk Liners & ProForm that seem to not have the same problem as the Recess-It (see attached links). I was wondering if anybody had experience with these products. All input is greatly appreciated.

  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    If you look at the installation insructions in your links, they show that you install the niche over the moisture barrier ( I would caulk this joint) then the backerboard overlays the niche flange. This will be imperceptible, and the tiles lay on a perfecly smooth plane.
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  4. Richard S

    Richard S New Member

    Jan 30, 2005
    Washington State
    Thanks for the reply. Have you used any of these products? The reason I'm asking is that I'm wondering if it's as easy to tile on the products as the manufacturers claim & also, if you feel that the quality of the products is up to the task as I'm worried about water leakage. I should have been more specific in my original post - sorry about that.

    Thanks again,
  5. lajoe

    lajoe FlooringSupply

    Oct 2, 2007
    Owner of Flooring supply store
    Los Angeles CA
    preformed niches


    I used them all, and I would highly recommend the preformed niches

    Check this online store the do carry them all, and you can read abut their product too
  6. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Noble and others make some nice ones. Check out this site for some examples of things and some ideas and help on tiling things
  7. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

    Feb 6, 2011
    NW Ontario, Canada
    Nice work, John. I had to do mine with KERDI origami and preformed corners because it was the size of one wall tile. The flash on the camera doesn't do justice to the grout on the glass tile bands. They don't look that bad.

  8. jono604

    jono604 New Member

    Nov 1, 2011
    vancouver, BC
    Has anyone had success with the pre-formed niches from TileRedi?

    They look pretty handy but I've seen some chatter about their shower pans being hard to work with.
    Is it true that the tiles have to be set with epoxy thinset and if so is it considerably harder to work with.

    I'm doing a full bathroom renovation (down to the studs) so I'm open to options for creating a niche.
    Building from scratch with framing and backerboard is an option but I'm also intrigued by the ease of creating a two compartment niche using one of the pre-formed models.

    Can anyone recommend a good brand that is easy to work with and provides a great level of waterproofing.

  9. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD

    Jul 20, 2009
    Design Work
    North Vancouver, BC
    Pre-Formed Shower Niches for shampoo and soap

    Not all are created equal. Test yours before using or installing by filling it with water for four days. If it was made well it should not leak.
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 26, 2016
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