Convert Your Tub Space Into a Shower — Choosing Accessories

Missed the first two phases? Catch up on them here:

Phase 1: Convert Your Tub Space to a Shower — the Planning Phase

Phase 2: Convert Your Tub Space Into a Shower – the Tiling and Grouting Phase

And now for phase 3 in swapping your tub for a sleek new shower: Pick the right niches, benches and bars for the best showering experience!


We’re always excited to install the beautiful finishing touches on a shower. Extra care is needed in these last steps — you don’t want to undo all the work that’s gone into making your shower completely waterproof. Depending on the type of wall tile or stone used, precise drilling may be needed to anchor wall supports for benches or shelves.

Before picking out anything, think about how an accessory can make your shower safer or more enjoyable. You should consider storage for shower necessities in the beginning of the design process. Accessories and storage have a direct effect on the total cost of a shower renovation.

Before you start, make sure you know what you want your finished shower to look like and what items you’ll need to budget for. If the job goes smoothly, and it looks like you’re going to come in under budget, you might want to splurge a little more on accessories. So hold tight on ordering anything until you understand all of your costs and get your quotes.


Corner shelves. Corner shelves like these can be very simple and functional ways to store shampoo bottles and other necessities. I recommend using glass and tile drill bits or diamond coring bits to drill holes through the tile. I’m not a fan of impact drills with masonry drill bits for this type of installation — they’re too risky and stressful on tile installations for my liking.

I’ve found it’s safer to replace many of the fasteners on the actual product with higher-quality versions. Screws on some shower products can break very easily. Ask your contractor to use stainless steel screws and wall anchors (which are better suited for tile installations) to install your shower shelves.


Wall and door supports. Frameless glass installations often need to go from the floor to the ceiling to have adequate support and strength. A bar like this means that your shower glass doesn’t have to do that. Keep in mind that you need to maintain at least 80 inches of ceiling height to meet the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s bathroom planning requirements.


Benches. This built-in bench is a great idea. It’s perfect for shampoo bottles — saving you from picking them up off the floor — or as a place to rest your foot when you’re shaving.

You have a big choice of shower seats. Depending on the design and style in your bathroom and your whole house, you can choose between wooden seats, floating seats, floating bench, or walled seats. Whatever your choice with these shower seats you will never be wrong. In addition to its stunning look to your bathroom at the same time you will have a comfortable place for daily relaxation and cozy place to recharge your batteries.


Grab bars. You and your family members should feel safe and steady while showering. A pair of grab bars like this offers considerable shower safety. Those washing their hair in this shower could still keep a hand on a grab bar at all times.


Recessed niches. This shower niche is a wonderful example of a custom tile upgrade — so much so that it becomes the feature of the shower. They are great for extra storage, and you can have fun with them, while adding extra visual interest and aesthetics.

Ask for some cost breakdowns so you better understand the pricing of items like benches, niches and custom tiling. We personally love recessed niches and include them on almost every project.