How To Tile Arch Niche – Bathroom Shower Tile Niche Ideas
How To Tile Arch Niche – Bathroom Shower Tile Niche Ideas

– Alright, so here we are putting the last bit of KERDI seal
around the edge of this niche and this helps just kind of to seal it, make sure no water gets behind it. You can also do silicon
but I just happened to have a KERDI seal tube
available so we’re using this. Okay. Alright, so now we’re
gonna put the niche here into our pre-fabricated hole
that we’ve cut previously and we can feel the KERDI
seal oozing there behind it and then we’ll come back in
later and put our screws in and now it’s all sealed behind here and this down here is you
could see is at a slight angle to make sure that the water
drains into the shower. You never wanna have the
bottom of your niche be flat. You always want it to be slightly angled. (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) Alright, so when we do
this niche right here, this is the bottom shelf
that I’m gonna put in here and as you can see, I’ve got
these three blue spacers here. These spacers are gonna
make this bottom piece sit at a slight angle coz you
always wanna angle the water down into the thing, down into the shower. Don’t believe what these
other bozos tell you that, “Oh, it’s gotta be
perfectly flattened up.” It’s gotta be at a slight angle and you can’t see it visually, of course but then once you put
your spirit level on here, it’s more than obvious that
it’s perfectly at an angle. There we go. Sitting at a perfect angle. (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) Here we are in the arched
niche inside the master bath. So we’ve tiled the marble
octagons on to the back of it and we are going to be playing
today with our dry fitting. This is our OG. These are OG pieces here that
are gonna form the border and these are gonna
run down here like this and so what we’re gonna do
now is we have to figure out once we get up to the top of this arch, we need to cut up about
10 pieces of two-inch OG. I wanna try to cut ’em so that they make a nice tiny grout
hole that you really can’t tell that you made this arch out of segments. So the way that we’re going to do that is we’re going to measure across the arch which I’ve already done
that and that’s 13 inches and then we’re going to use this compass. This is a larger compass that allows you to do a larger sized arch. Now we’re going to trace
this on a cardboard and determine from there how
big to cut our little segments. We’re gonna precut them with cardboard and make sure that they fit perfectly and then we’re going to cut them up. So here, we’ve gone ahead and
we taped up a few pieces here just to see how they dry fit together and this is gonna look
really, really nice. Very classy when it’s done. So you could see, we’ve cut
them at 45 degree angles so that the horizontal
could meet the vertical. They’re gonna go straight
up the side here, they’re gonna curve around the arch, and they’re going to come right back down the other side again to the bottom. This will look very,
very nice when it’s done. Okay, so we’re drawing our arch now. This is the 13-inch diameter here. So I’m drawing the inside part now and now, I have the OG piece right here so now, I need to set the
width of that and you can see I’ve already marked it
here, that pencil mark. I already know now how wide to make it and I have set the compass. I’m going to put the compass
back another position here and I’m going to draw my arch and that’s gonna be the
width of our OG pieces. You can see the arch goes
all the way around there. And now with our OG pieces taped in place, we also taped in place
the template for the arch. So you could see how the border
is gonna continue up here and that’s gonna go up and around the arch and come right back down the other side. So now we know we’re gonna have tiles that are cut the right
width and everything and now, we’re just gonna make
our marks for the segments throughout the arch of
where we’re gonna cut. And now, a few minutes later, we’ve marked all of these segments here and we’re gonna trace these
out on to the OG tiles and we’re going to cut them. I’ve got all my cut OG pieces
here and they’re numbered and they’re ready to go in order. And now here, you’re
looking at the result of about three hours worth of work. You wouldn’t think it but
it takes quite a bit of time to place all of these tiles especially these curved
segments up here at the top here coz you have to use all these spacers and it’s a huge game that you
keep playing whack-a-mole. You move one piece and adjust it and another piece falls out of whack and then we had to use
these wooden custom pieces that I cut here just to support
these arched pieces here because they were trying to slide. Even if you have your
thinset really super dry like I had it, it still
wants to flow a little bit. These are very heavy pieces
so you gotta support these. 24 hours from now, we will
go ahead and grout this. (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) Okay, so we’ve let the grout dry overnight and now, here we are. We’re going to start
laying the field tiles. I have a couple of little templates that you can see up here
going around the arch that will help me determine
how to cut my tiles that are going to go around
this arch here, the niche. What we’ve done here is on the second layer up from the floor, you can see I have this ledger board here and this is a perfectly straight piece of bamboo flooring that’s machine-edged so I know it’s nice and leveled and that we have it
knocked into the wall here, nice and leveled, and
we’re just gonna rest the second level of tiles right on them. That way, we know they’ll be at a perfectly straight-leveled line and all the other tiles as
we go up the wall from there will be perfectly square and leveled. All we have to do is just make sure that they’re flat and we’re
using our tile leveling system with our little spacers there and our little wedges
down here in the bucket. So you could see, we’ve got
the first two tiles up now and their spacers are in place and the leveling wedges are in place. So now what we’re doing is
we’re applying the thinset directly to the back of each tile. We put it on thick. We’re gonna lay it down thick first. Then what we’re gonna do
is we’re gonna go ahead and trowel it with the
half-inch trowel lines and we’re not gonna scrape it all the way to the bottom of the tile. You shouldn’t hear me
scraping when you’re troweling so it just goes nice and
smooth, make your groove lines, and then we’ll stick the
tiles directly to the wall. This is much quicker, much
more efficient use of time, it’s cleaner, and it’s
the exact same thing as if you were to trowel
it on to the wall. I’m just going right on to the tile and this way, you’re gonna make sure that you have 100% coverage
on the back of the tile and you just simply
push the tile in place, move it around a little, get it with the mallet,
and start leveling it. Here we are on day two of the tiling here of the master bathroom. Here we’ve gotten a fair
amount of the field tiles up and the accent tiles as well and you could see of course here, we’re using our tile leveling system here and these have really been a
godsend on these walls here coz knotting these giant
12 by 24 half-inch thick travertine tiles, they weigh a ton and getting them to stay
leveled can be a challenge so having these wedges in here
really does the trick here in keeping them perfectly
leveled from tile to tile. And here is the drain installed back. (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) Leads into the master shower right here and here you can see we
spent quite an amount of time doing the tiling in here, especially that niche that you see there. If you look at the top here, I even added this stone, the travertine
crown along the top. You don’t see that in
too many installations so I thought that would make a nice touch and this right here took
us a couple of days, took me about two days to
cement all of these in. So there you have it. (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters) (camera shutters)

9 thoughts on “How To Tile Arch Niche – Bathroom Shower Tile Niche Ideas”

  1. Selling Silverman says:

    You seem very knowledgeable..Can you perhaps steer me in the right direction on a problem I'm having tiling a niche? It'd really help me get me back on track to finishing up my tub.

  2. Selling Silverman says:

    That niche is gorgeous! Fancy

  3. 35TheDarkknight says:


  4. GeorgeFlippin says:

    Was this the Pope's private shower?

  5. Allen Bermea says:

    Good work just don't use the snapshot sound anymore gives me anxiety

  6. jeffostroff says:

    ✅ Tools used in this shower arch niche project:

    ✅ EZ-NICHES USA – 14in x 22in – ARCH – Ready for Tile:
    ✅ Ridgid R4030s 7" Tile Saw with Foldable Stand:

    ✅ Dasco Pro Giant-Circle Beam Compass:

    ✅ Schluter Systems KERDI FIX Sealing & Bonding Compound:

  7. Mark Bidwell says:

    interesting trowel technique,

  8. WhatIsKenDoing says:

    Why are all the cut pieces for the arch different sizes? Seems that if you divided the length of the circumference by the number of pieces you want to have, you could have extrapolated your cut angles from those numbers and bisected that angle to get accurate, consistent cuts all the way around the arch.

  9. Dope says:

    Wow this vedio is so helpful I appreciate you guys …keep up the hard work

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