If you’re looking for a way to add more storage to your home, a niche in the wall can be an elegant and functional way to do it. But it’s not always easy to find room for niches. The good news is that these built-in alcoves are surprisingly simple to build yourself. Here’s how…
Mark wall for niche location.
Mark the wall for niche location. Use a pencil or chalk to mark the exact location for your niche. Make sure that you leave at least 3″ from the edge of the wall, ceiling and floor so there’s room for everything else
Cut into drywall with a drywall saw.
- Cut the drywall with a drywall saw.
- Make sure to wear safety glasses when using your saw!
- If you’re using a miter box, make sure it’s level and that the blade is sharpened properly. (You’ll have to look up how to do these things online.)
- Once you’ve cut out your niche, use gloves to mix mortar for taping or spackling before painting over any gaps left behind by uneven cuts in the drywall
Cut two pieces to cover the back of the wall.
Once you have the two pieces cut, place them over the back of your wall. Make sure they are straight and level with each other, as well as big enough to cover all four corners.
You will now want to start cutting out holes for outlets, switches, and light fixtures.
Apply glue for cement backer board and attach both pieces of backer board to the drywall, making sure it’s secure.
To install the cement backer board, you’ll need to first apply glue and then tap the cement backer board into place. You can do this by using a rubber mallet. Make sure that the cement backer board is flush with the drywall and use a level to make sure it’s straight. Use a screwdriver to secure the cement backer board in place once it’s in its final resting place.
Then, check your dimensions with a tape measure before mixing thinset mortar for attaching your tiles and glass shelf. Use a carpenter’s square to ensure that your niche is level before applying adhesive overtop of the edge of each piece of glass and setting them accordingly on top of one another (the smaller piece will go on top).
Mark lines on the mitre box where your niche will be cut.
- Use a pencil to mark the lines on the mitre box where your niche will be cut.
- Make sure that your mitre box is set at 90 degrees, and that it is also set at the correct width and height for your niche size.
Cut out niche using a hand saw and mitre box, making as straight of cuts as possible.
Once you’ve determined the location, direction and size of your niche, it’s time to cut it out. Your first step will be using a mitre box (or some other method) to make straight cuts into the wall. You can then use a hand saw to cut away the rest of the drywall.
As with all steps in this process, it’s important that you follow these instructions in order—that is:
- Use a mitre box or similar tool to make straight cuts into the wall;
- Cut away any excess drywall with a hand saw;
Mix mortar and apply to backboard in four, 3″-wide rows.
Mortar is a paste-like substance that holds bricks together. It’s also heavy and can be messy if you’re not careful. Before you mix up some mortar, put on some old clothes, gloves and safety goggles. If possible, find a partner who will help mix the mortar for you (especially if you don’t have access to a mortar mixer).
Mixing the mortar:
- First measure out twice as much sand as cement powder into an open bucket and add water until it forms a thick slurry (this should take about 5 minutes). You should end up with something like peanut butter or oatmeal in texture when finished mixing – this is called “properly mixed” mixture of sand and cement powder. Make sure there are no lumps left over when done mixing
Attach tile pieces to backboard in zigzag pattern, alternating rows of tiles and spacers until you reach the top.
To attach tile pieces to backboard in zigzag pattern, alternate rows of tiles and spacers until you reach the top. Mark the tile pieces with a pencil or marker before attaching them to the backboard.
Use spacers to keep the pattern consistent. Use a tile saw to cut your tiles if necessary, but make sure that whatever tool you use for this task is properly calibrated so it doesn’t lead to sloppy results when cutting your tiles.
Allow time for the adhesive to set. Then apply grout, using a rubber float to really work it into the crevices on the surface of your tile piece.
- Allow the adhesive to set for 20 minutes before removing grout haze.
- Use a damp sponge to wipe off excess grout in the crevices on the surface of your tile piece.
- Use a mitre saw to cut tile edges if necessary (for example, if you bought pre-cut rectangular tiles). If you have never used a mitre box, refer to our instructions below:
- Use a mitre box placed against one of your niche lines while marking it with pencil or chalk; use this mark as the guide for cutting all subsequent lines in your niche template. The mitre box will ensure that all sides are perfectly straight and even (and thus, so will be every niche).
Wipe off excess grout with a damp sponge as you go along. Wait about 20 minutes before removing grout haze from tile surface with another clean, damp sponge.
With your grout wet, it can be difficult to see where you’ve missed spots with the grout. Make sure you wipe off excess grout as you go along by using a damp sponge. Wait about 20 minutes before removing the grout haze from tile surface with another clean, damp sponge.
The most important thing is that you don’t use too much water when removing the haze from the tiles; this will lead to warped tiles and discolored grout lines. In order to avoid this, use a soft sponge for both wiping away excess and wiping off remaining haze on tile surfaces—you’ll need it soft so that it doesn’t leave behind any scratches or scrapes when wiping away excess or removing remaining hazes after waiting for your initial 20 minute wait time between applying and wiping off excesses of both types
It’s not as hard as it sounds to create a stylish and functional niche in any room
The niche in your living room wall is the perfect place to add some character and style, and it’s not as hard as it sounds! Here’s a step-by-step guide for you to follow that’ll help you create your own niche:
- First, measure the space where the niche needs to go so that you can figure out what size of pre-made one will fit best. If you want something custom sized, measure everything out with a tape measure and make sure there are no structural issues with where it will go (if there are any pipes or wires underneath).
- You’re going to want materials like masonry brick (which comes in many different sizes), mortar mix (this should be purchased at a hardware store) and sandpaper (you don’t need anything fancy here).
- After gathering all of your materials together, start building by pouring some mortar down into the bottom of each brick so that when laid flat on top of each other they form solid joints instead of just two bricks stacked together loosely.
If you’re looking to add a stylish, functional feature to your home, creating a niche in the wall is an easy way to do it. Just mark the spot where you’d like to create the niche, cut through the drywall and backer board, then apply tiles. You’ll have a beautiful spot for displaying your favorite things or just storing items out of sight in no time.