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Old 05-17-2017, 05:48 AM   #1
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We're remodeling our master bathroom. I am looking for ideas to highlight my soaps, especially in the new shower where I'll see and use them every day. There are lots of great pics on pinterest, houzz, etc., that I am constantly combing over, but truthfully I've yet to see one that emphasizes soap. So I am wondering, what would do if this opportunity was upon you?

I'm leaning toward two of these redi niches, each with two 4" tall shelves which would be tiled over and recessed into the wall (quasi-example also included). I wish they were an inch or two taller but apparently no one was thinking about setting soap vertically instead of horizontally


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Old 05-17-2017, 11:06 AM   #2
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I think in both of those cases the soaps would stay far too wet. And then you would have melted soap everywhere to clean. Why not substitute a powder or plastic coated shelf (I am thinking of one of those you can get at Lowe's for closet organization) for one of the shelves? You may have to custom build the niche to store the soap vertically, but it would be worth it to save your soap.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Rubbermaid-...-Shelf/3068029


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http://www.tileredi.com/redi-niche-q...-rnqh1620d20du

This one has 6" shelves for your t&s soaps
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I think in both of those cases the soaps would stay far too wet.
Right Susie, I'd need a soap dish for sure. Plus I'll now have a stand alone hand wand for easy rinsing, which will make me happier than a bee in clover. I was also thinking about a small protruding corner shelf that drains really well, though I haven't found a design I like yet. I want it all to look classy, because everything will be permanently secured through the tile. I've thought about custom niches, but our contractor is actually encouraging the pre-fab ones because they're so economical (while still being reliable). But handmade soap might be worth the extra expense, so thanks for suggesting it.

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This one has 6" shelves for your t&s soaps
BattleGnome, I fell for that at first, too! But the specs reveal that the 6 inches refers to the height from the bottom of the unit to the bottom (i.e., the shelf) of the big nook, not the actual height of any recessed space. I probably didn't explain that well so look at the diagram below. The smaller space is exactly the same as what I posted above -- 4".

I really appreciate the input and hope to keep receiving ideas, pics, experiences, etc. I can hardly get passed the permanency of our decisions, so I want to get this right!
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What do you guys think of this? It's a similar design as the drain we are installing. Would that be too weird? It's pretty expensive though ($80 for a 12" shelf). Would probably have to orient the soap perpendicular to the waves for less mess. Also seems like you could get hurt if you hit it lol
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Love the look, but like above, it's flat which would suction the soap down. Would just need a little to slide to remove tho, right?



https://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Sto...K9G644ZNM4D87Q
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Love the look, but like above, it's flat which would suction the soap down. Would just need a little to slide to remove tho, right?



https://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Sto...K9G644ZNM4D87Q
I like this one most of all. Won't hold many bars, but they would drain well and it is nice looking.

ETA: At that price, I would use two at the end of the shower stall away from the water, sort of at chest height.
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Love the look, but like above, it's flat which would suction the soap down. Would just need a little to slide to remove tho, right?


https://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Sto...K9G644ZNM4D87Q

If you don't go with the recessed niche, I also like this one. The his/hers idea is great and seems more secure if you bump it, there's no way to accidentally sweep all the shampoo/conditioner/whatever onto your feet.
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Lucky you getting a bathroom remodel. Maybe start with figuring out how many soaps in the shower will make you happy and go from there. Then consider what you want to do as far as cleaning. If it were me, I would want something recessed, and using a soap mat/lift wouldn't be a big deal. It seems that stainless might dry with spots which would bother me more. Tile won't show that as much. If that doesn't bother you, I like the same one Susie chose. So what about something like these? I don't even know if that would be an option with a redi niche type of thing, but you could put in as many as you wanted (especially in the corners), and then have a taller one similar to what your original post showed in the wall for shampoo bottles (and more soap).

Also, has your contractor given you a price for custom v. already made? If it isn't a huge difference, you might be happier in the end.
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Maybe start with figuring out how many soaps in the shower will make you happy and go from there.
Exactly! At one point I had identified a need for 8 soap-sized niches -- three in a vertical row on the back wall, one on either side of the faucet, and three horizontal on the sides.

Good point on the stainless. I've been getting everything in brushed nickel to reduce spots. This caddy says it's brushed; I might have to get it and test it before deciding to put it up.


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