Monday, March 23, 2009

Shower Shelves: Mistakes to Avoid

My last blog consisted of twelve photos showing an array of shower shelves. Being a fan of shower shelves and recommending them, there are a few mistakes you want to avoid.

1. Adequate shelf space to hold all of your items. The height, length, and depth of the shelf needs to accommodate the items you will store on the shelf. Take an inventory of all items you use in your shower. If you purchase super-sized products, measure those products and make sure you specify that the FINISH height, length, and depth meet the measurements you provide.

2. No water puddling on the shelf. The shower shelf should have a ever so slight tilt away from the wall to prevent water from puddling along the wall and in the corners.

3. Avoid having the shower spray direct on the shelf. The relationship between the shower shelf and the spray from the shower head(s) needs to be noted. You do not want the flow of your shower head to hit the shelf. I have found that shower shelves on the wall directly below the shower head do not get much water.

4. Access to the shelf if sitting on your shower bench. If you will have a bench in your shower, make the shower shelf accessible to the person sitting on the bench. You may need to have two separate shower shelves, one to hold items used when showering and one for items used when sitting on the bench.

5. Think twice about the material you will use. I would be reluctant to use glass shelves as keeping the water spots off would become a never ending chores.

Faith Makes All Things Possible, Not Easy (as seen on a church sign in Nashville)
Blessings ...Susan Lang


Paul Anater said...

Number two is REALLY important but often overlooked. Hell hath no fury like pooled water!

modernemama said...

I had everything covered but #4! Next time I'll consider two shower shelves.

kari and kijsa said...

Love this info!
Great tips!
kari & kijsa

Jamie Goldberg, AKBD, CAPS said...

You continually offer real world, practical and super-helpful tips. Thanks for sharing your expertise with the blogosphere and beyond!

for the love of a house said...

Hi Susan! So nice to meet you! Our showers are being tiled this week, so this is a timely post for me! In our master I put in two shelves (one over the other) for myself and my husband's shampoos. Then I thought how I didn't want the soap on the same shelf as the shampoo (all that soap mess), so I had them add a third small shelf adjacent to the controls. I was so surprised when my installer said he had never installed three shelves! Made perfect sense to me!

Susan Lang @ Designing Your Dream Home said...

Joan, makes perfect sense to me as well!

Susan Lang @ Designing Your Dream Hom said...

Jamie, so glad you find my tips super-helpful! Thanks for telling me. Being new at blogging, I sometimes wonder if anyone is reading my blog. ...susan Lang