Exploring the Pros and Cons of the Most Common Shower Storage Solutions

By Steven Harrisson, July 3, 2019

What’s the point of having a fancy shower if there’s no place to store your bath and shower products?! Gone are the days when bathing ledges and of course the floor were the only places where you could keep your shower products. Nowadays, there are several solutions from which you can choose, and their main purpose is simple, to keep your space looking clean and organized.

shower niche 2

Suction Cup Storage

The most ordinary and commonly used type of shower storage are the suction cup products which usually come in the form of a metal or plastic shelf/bucket. These two types of shower storage options have suction cups on the back which allows for easier attachment to the wall. The greatest benefit of these shower storage solutions is their affordability and ease of installation. Disadvantages wise, however, according to users and interior designers, even the strongest suction cups can start slipping over time, no matter how smooth or textured the wall is.

Shower Niches

Also known as built-in shower storage, a shower niche is a functional and stylish type of storage that can blend seamlessly with the bathroom’s design. As the term built-in says, a shower niche is a storage space built into the wall of your shower/bath and its purpose is to keep all of your shower/bathing products neatly organized. Except for being functional, shower niches don’t take up any shower space which is ideal for those who have smaller showers/bathrooms. Plus, it is considered a minimalist type of shower storage solution, ideal for those who are into the minimalist style. When it comes to the type, you can choose between these two:

  • Custom niche – customized and made according to the bathroom’s needs and free space. It’s created by designing a framed box within the wall which is covered with wallboard and after that with a waterproofing membrane.
  • Pre-fabricated – pre-made type of box that doesn’t require any additional construction materials. These types of niches need to be fastened to the studs and properly secured to the board, blocking or minor back framing.

shower niche 1

The only thing to take into account is that you need to consult with a professional in order to be sure that the niche is well-insulated. This is the only way to prevent water from settling in it.

Corner Shower Storage

This type of storage solution fills the space between the shower’s floor and the ceiling. Generally speaking, they are held in place with a combination of suction cups and tension rods and have multiple shelves. This feature makes them the ideal option for larger families that need a lot of storage space. The main downside of these storage solutions is that they’re harder to install and are not suitable for smaller bathrooms/showers as they do take up a significant amount of space.

Shower Seats

Shower seats are another type of built-in storage option that also provides a place to sit if needed. The main disadvantage is that it can take up a lot of floor space, making it not ideal for smaller bathrooms.