Step 3: Choose the Location

man placing wall niche template on wall
Photo: Laura Moss
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For the easiest install, choose a nonload-bearing wall, and mark the location of the studs using a stud finder. Position the template on the wall, ideally between studs, and secure it with painter's tape. Visually, you want the bottom of the niche parallel with the floor (not necessarily level), so use a measuring tape to create equal distances between the corners and the floor. Using a pencil, trace the outline of the template on the wall.
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    Tools List

    • utility scissors
      Utility scissors
    • studfinder
      Stud finder
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge, to mark cut lines between the lath pieces
    • utility knife
      Utility knife, to score the drywall
    • flat prybar
      Small pry bar
    • reciprocating saw
      Reciprocating saw, to cut any lath and plaster and to remove any obtrusive studs
    • circular saw
      Circular saw, to cut the 2x4 blocking
    • drill
      Drill/driver, fitted with a 1⁄8-inch drill bit
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun
    • paintbrush
      Paintbrush

    Shopping List

    1. Niche
    Choose a dense polyurethane niche in a design that mimics surrounding moldings.

    2. Cardboard
    to create a template.

    3. Pole system
    (or painter's tape) to hold the plastic sheeting in place.4. Plastic sheeting

    5. Painter's tape
    to secure plastic around work window.

    6. Adhesive caulk

    7. Paint