A corner shower shelf will help keep your shower floor clean and hopefully keep your soap a little less soggy. The two most common ways to add a tile shower shelf are to either use a piece of tile cut at a 45 degree angle or a pre made tile shower corner shelf is a popular way to keep a consistent look in your shower.
It helps to install a corner shower shelf higher on the wall so water does not continualy hit the shelf when the shower is on.
This article teaches you how to install a tile soap dish to make a nice shower shelf in the corner of your shower. There are two basic ways to create a corner shelf in a shower. Making a tile shelf cut from a piece of tile or installing a pre made ceramic tile soap dish in the corner or on a wall. This article teaches you how to install a cut piece of tile to make a shelf in the shower corner. To learn how install a tile soap dish on an existing tile shower wall click read the article How To Install A Soap Dish in our Tile Section.
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The shelf can be any size you like as long as it can be cut out of a single tile.
There are two ways to set a corner tile shelf. Either on top of a course of tiles or in the middle of a tile.
Tile Shelf Height: The height of a tile corner shelf is purely arbitrary but the higher the shelf the less water gets splashed on it and if you are putting soap on the dish then the less water to make it soggy the better.
Location On The Tile Joint: Tile joints are the easiest and strongest location to set a corner shelf. Set the wall tiles to the height you want the shelf set at and place the tile on the top of the row of tiles.
Tile shelf from below.
Cutting The Next Row Around The Shelf: The row of tiles above the shelf will be custom cut to fit over the tile. This locks the tile in place giving the shelf more strength.
step 4 How To Grout Shower Corners
Grouting shower corners requires the use of a sanded or non sanded caulk, depending on the size of your grout joints. Any corner in a shower is a place where the two joining surfaces will move in different directions. Regular cement grout will crack because it cannot flex. Using a caulk in the shower corners keeps water on the right side of the tile which extends the life and good looks of your shower. Grout manufactures make a sanded and non sanded caulk that is the exact color of the grout they sell.
A shower soap dish is a welcome addition to any shower. It is so convenient to have a place to set a bar of soap when showering that it is almost a need rather than a want to have a tile soap dish installed on the wall or corner in the shower.
There are three factors that you should consider when picking the best place in your shower to install your soap dish.
Removing the tiles to make room for the new soap dish.
If the shower wall behind the tile is drywall then you most likely damaged it when chipping out the tile. This damage can be repaired by installing a wood backing and screwing or gluing a new piece of cement backer board to the wood backers. This image shows a drywall repair but the same process can be used to install backer board and then install the tile over the repaired area.
Adhesives: There are several adhesives that can be used to attach the ceramic soap dish to the backer board. Mix up the adhesive and use a putty knife to spread it on the wall and on all the points that will touch the wall. Only use enough so that it slightly squeezes out when you press the soap dish into its new home.
Level The Soap Dish: use a small level to make sure the soap dish has a slight slope off the front side. You want it steep enough to drain water but not so steep that the slipery soap slides off the soap dish. Most soap dishes come with a pre-slope built in.
Tape The Soap Dish To The Wall: After installing the soap dish you will need to hold it in place for a day or more until the adhesive dries. Use masking tape to tape the ceramic soap dish to the wall. Sometimes when taping a tile piece in place it is inadvertantly moved so be careful that the soap dish still has the proper slope and that the grout joints are correct before leaving it alone.
There is almost always a bare spot around the new soap dish that will need to be repaired. If you need more information than give here you should read the article How To Set Wall Tile.
You will need both caulk and grout to finish installing the soap dish. You should grout first and then come back the next day and install the caulking as described below.
Grout: Use grout on the tile joints where you installed the new tile around the ceramic soap dish. Do not install grout in the 90 degree or angled tile joints.
Caulk: Use caulk on all the 90 degree tile joints. Tile grout manufactures make caulk colors to match all their grout colors. You will need to caulk the angled joints around the soap dish. Grout easily cracks in 90 degree corners because the two surfaces move differently and grout is very rigid. Caulk can flex with the soap dish and the wall so be sure to use caulk around the soap dish.
Let the adhesives, grout and caulking dry for a few days and then use your new soap dish.
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