What Is a Nib Wall?

Do you ever have that one spot between your shower screen and vanity that you can’t quite get too? For many of our clients, it can be the most frustrating part of their bathroom as a lot of the time poor design and incorrect installation combined with a lack of space results in this common issue. This brings us to the Nib Wall or that wall in the shower, that some people referred to it as.

The nib wall is a bricked and tiled wall that goes between the space of the vanity and shower. It is built to the height of the vanity and just slightly short of the width to allow for the shower screen trim in most cases. The reason it is done to the same height is to create a seamless look, often tiling the nib wall in the wall tile so it almost looks invisible. You can build them as high as you like but the purpose we recommend it for is one of being practical not a feature. The nib wall allows for a custom screen to go over and down the wall eliminating the pesky gap previous spoken about. Below is example of our design


  • Eliminates a gap you can’t clean
  • Create a shelf at a good height in the shower
  • Can be made into feature


  • Will cost more to build as adds to labour
  • Shower screen will have to be custom made
  • Custom made shower screen costs slightly more to due to complex design
  • More grout lines opposed to having just glass

A nib wall is the most effective eliminator of gaps plain and simple. We install them in the majority of layouts that require it because we truly believe it not only adds value but practically to your bathroom that will impress all who use and see it.
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Steve Sully says:

    Hi, I was wondering is there a certain height you should make them. Thanks love the blog

    1. Hi Steve, thanks for the kind words. The key to the height is what you are trying to achieve. A nib wall is built at a height that allows for access, like all shower shelves you want to be able to grab the items easily. If the wall is too high i find it closes in the room so we try to make it the vanity height.

      Good luck
      Shane – On the Ball Bathrooms

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