Shower Ledge - Things to consider

MARCH 2022

Just because it’s ‘on-trend’ doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best choice for your new bathroom. About to renovate or build a new bathroom? Here are some things to think about to help you decide whether a ledge is the best option for you.  


As per the shower shelf guide, a ledge is created by building out the bottom part of the shower wall. They're perfect for the larger, more spacious showers, but if you're constrained to a smaller shower footprint, the ledge could encroach too much into the valuable shower space.  In this case, a shower niche could be the best alternative as it's recessed into the wall framing (unless you have a brick/block wall).

Size and location

Ledges are typically built along the side or back wall of the shower. Even though the majority of them run the full length of the wall, there’s still the option to create a ledge only part way along the wall (see example photos below).

The big advantage with a ledge, is they create plenty of space to store all showering items. Just don’t forget to make it deep enough for the largest shampoo and conditioner bottles, say 100mm deep.

If you opt for a back wall ledge (same wall as the shower-head), it’s important to think about the type of shower-head. Remember your ledge is built out 100mm or more, so if your shower-head doesn’t account for this, you will be standing up against the ledge wall. Plus, if you choose a hand-held shower-head, mounted above the ledge, the flexible hose could be frustrating, potentially knocking over the items on the ledge! 

Shower-head position

Depending on the size and layout of your shower, a ledge on the opposite wall to the shower-head could be the best option, away from both the water splash, and, any flexible hand-held hoses.


The shower ledge has one major limitation – there’s nowhere to hang all those items that need to be air-dried for hygiene reasons, such as facecloths, shower puffs, loofahs and body gloves. Rather than them sitting on the damp shower ledge, people typically hang them over the taps or shower frame. Against the wall, getting splashed with water every time someone uses the shower – it’s the perfect environment for mould and bacteria to breed! Mould in your shower-puff, and in the grout! 

Mould and bacteria is why dermatologists warn us about shower puffs, in particular. It doesn't mean you have to ditch the ledge (or your shower puff)! The perfect match for every ledge is a shelf that suspends all these items in air for quick drying. The faster they dry the less bacteria and mould. That’s exactly what T-air shower shelves are designed for. Installed above the ledge, there’s no encroaching on your showering space. 

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Whilst talking ledge hygiene, don’t forget they still need a regular wipe down to prevent that terrible mould growing in the corners!                    


Want to make a feature of your ledge? Use different colour tiles above and below the ledge.

Or vice versa, if you don’t want a feature to distract the eyes from the minimalist spacious vibe of your bathroom, then use the same tiles above and below the ledge.

Storing all those hanging items in one place on a T-air shelf, rather than scattered around the taps and frames, not only improves aesthetics, but also makes for a more enjoyable showering experience.

Decision time

Hopefully, this information helps you to decide whether a shower ledge is the most suitable option for your new bathroom. Look for the upcoming blogs on shower shelf alternatives – niche, nib wall, shelf and caddy. Feel free to email me if you would like more ledge information.

One last thing – if a ledge is the best option for your new bathroom, don’t forget to inform your builder of the detail at the early stages of planning your new bathroom.


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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