Step 1: Mark niche location

tracing niche and making measurements for niche placement
Photos: Chip Henderson
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Lock your tape measure at the desired height, then place the tape on the shelf with the tape blade extending down. Hold the niche against the wall with the tape end touching the floor. Reach underneath the niche and mark where it meets the wall. Use this line as a reference mark for drawing the outline of the cutout.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape

    • two-foot level
      Level

    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw

    • finish hammer
      Hammer

    • caulk gun
      Adhesive gun

    • pneumatic finish nailer
      Pneumatic nail gun

    Shopping List

    1. Urethane-foam wall niche

    2. Urethane adhesive
    used to adhere the niche to the wall surface

    3. Plastic drop cloth
    used to catch dust

    4. Painter’s tape
    for attaching drop cloth to wall

    5. Paint
    used to finish the niche

    6. 2 1/2-inch finishing nails
    for securing wall niche

    7. 2x4 blocking
    installed horizontally between studs at top and bottom of wall opening

    8. 2-inch drywall screws
    used to fasten 2x4 blocking to wall studs

    9. Spackling compound
    for filling nail holes