Nib Wall - Things to Consider

MAY 2022

In my quest to help you decide which shower shelf is best for your new bathroom, let’s take a look at the nib wall.

Often overlooked, a nib wall can be an excellent choice for a shower shelf. Once people understand the benefits and many different options, I firmly believe that nib walls will be a popular choice in the future. One thing’s for sure when we build our next home, nib walls are a definite for us, rather than a glass shower screen!


As per the shower shelf guide, nib walls are a separate timber or brick part-wall, dividing the shower from either the vanity, toilet or bath. The top of the wall creates a functional shower shelf.  

Despite many photos showing nib walls with glass screens, there are some wonderful designs that eliminate the need for glass. Just think – no more glass cleaning! Plus, if it’s constructed of timber framing, don’t forget the option of adding a niche into either side of the nib wall.

Cost wise, it’s an extra wall, so it will be more expensive compared to a screw-in shelf or caddy. The cost is likely to be quite similar to that of long ledges or larger niches.


Nib walls can be any shape or size. The majority are rectangular, thus forming a ledge for shampoo bottles – but check out these creative ones from Lux Interiors. They’re definitely leading the way with creativity and style. The nib walls below are stylish examples of how to incorporate niches.

When it comes to height, lower nib walls create a more open, spacious vibe, whilst the higher ones provide that extra privacy.

Whether using the top ledge as a shelf, or building a niche into the nib wall – don’t forget to make it deep enough to fit those large bottles.


Like every shower shelf, the further away from water splash, the less chance of mould. For a nib wall with glass, it’s where the glass connects to the nib wall that mould loves to grow, as this area often stays damp.

Separate the shower and vanity with a nib wall, and that annoying wasted gap between glass shower screens and vanity is eliminated. The vanity can butt up against the nib wall and provide an ideal spot to mount the hand towel holder.


No matter what shape or size nib wall, the one limitation is the absence of anywhere to hang all those items that should dry fast for hygiene reasons (facecloth, loofah. shower puff, exfoliating and body gloves). Hanging them on taps and shower frames against the wall, getting splashed with water every time someone uses the shower,  they’re breeding grounds for mould and bacteria. This doesn’t mean that a nib wall is a bad idea. On the contrary! Accessorise it with a sleek T-air shelf  - the perfect answer to prevent mould and bacterial growth.


For those of you that dislike seeing your showering items sitting on top of the nib wall ‘on display’, building a niche into the nib wall is a great solution. And don’t forget to hang the facecloth and exfoliators on a T-air shelf, rather than scattered around the shower taps and frames – it not only improves aesthetics, but also makes for a more enjoyable showering experience.

Decision time

Hopefully, this information helps you to decide whether a nib wall is the most suitable option for your new bathroom. Want to compare it to other shower shelf alternatives? Here are links to the Ledge and Niche. More blogs coming soon on the wall mounted shelf and caddy alternatives.

Friendly reminder – if a nib wall is the best option for your new bathroom, don’t forget to inform your builder of the detail at the early planning stage.

Feel free to email me if you would like more information.

Note: As per all my blog posts, some of the photos are ‘real’ rather than ‘staged’, so please don’t get turned off if they don’t appeal to you. My focus is on solving real bathroom problems.

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