Make the Most of Your Shower Space

Take advantage of extra shower space and storage when planning your bathroom remodel.
White Marble and Glass-Walled Shower

White Marble and Glass-Walled Shower

Photography by Emily Wallace

Photo by: Marianne Brown

Marianne Brown

Photography by Emily Wallace

By: Peter Walsh

The shower is a catchall for bottles of shampoo, soaps, sponges and washcloths. They end up clogging the corners and taking over valuable space. For a quick fix, consider hanging a wire shelf system over the showerhead or installing an expandable pole shelf unit in the corner. But if you are considering retiling your shower, opt for built-in niches to accommodate different-sized bottles.

5 Ways to Get More Shower Space

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Nifty Shower Niche

When doing a gut remodel, grab storage space between the wall studs and install a niche. It’s a great place to house shampoo bottles, soaps and razors, keeping them off the floor and out of the way. Match the niche tiles to the new wall tiles to blend in or make it a focal point in the shower. Design and photography by April Bettinger of Nip Tuck Remodeling

Hanging Shower System

A three-tiered bamboo and wire shelf is a quick fix for a storage solution in a shower. Hang it from the showerhead to organize different-sized shampoo bottles, body washes, bar soaps, razors and sponges for the whole family. Photo courtesy of Bambeco

Safe Shower Storage

Don’t skimp on safety in the shower regardless of your age. This sturdy grab bar attaches to the shower wall and gives you a hand getting in and out of the shower or bath. The attached shelf offers storage for shampoo bottles, soap or sponges for a quick clean up. Photo courtesy of Moen

Space-Saving Shower Rod

Expand the space in the shower by installing a double curved shower rod that extends slightly out in the room without robbing valuable space. The curtain liner rides on the inner rail while the decorative shower curtain attaches to the outer rail. Photo courtesy of Moen

Dual Shower Organization

You can never have too much storage in the shower for all your bathing needs. When installing a wall niche in a shower wall, opt for one (or two) that have different shelves to hold shampoo bottles, body wash, soap and sponges. Design and photography by April Bettinger of Nip Tuck Remodeling

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"Recess the niches in the back wall of the shower where you don’t really see it," says Ed McGarvey, designer at Madsen, Inc. "Make it one foot wide by two feet high and about three to four inches deep."

Additional seating is a luxury that can make the shower experience more enjoyable. It allows you to sit down to shave your legs or wash your feet. In a gut renovation or remodel, have a built-in seat installed. A teak wood bench or ceramic garden stool will also work in a shower that is not due for an extensive remodel, says Jennifer Markanich, owner and designer of Timeless Interiors. She suggests installing glass shower walls to give the illusion of more space and let in more light. For a quick fix, replace your shower curtain rod with a curved rod to make the space feel larger.

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When planning a shower, treat it like a separate room within the bathroom.

"Always have a hand-held shower head on a slide bar," says April Bettinger, owner and designer of Nip Tuck Remodeling. It will give you the spa-like feeling and is adjustable so people of varying heights can use it comfortably.

Be creative when choosing towels, a shower curtain and bathmats. "You don’t want everything to match," says Anna Aycock, owner of Designs by Anna Aycock. "You can get prepackaged sets but it’s not unique and shows no creativity." Instead, coordinate your accessories by basing them on a common theme like color or texture. “You don’t want them to be fighting each other,” she says. "You want them to balance with each other."

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