How to Install a Decorative Wall Niche
Make a plain wall interesting with a lightweight, urethane-foam niche
The interiors of homes built between the mid-1800s and early 1900s were often adorned with beautifully ornate plaster molding and millwork. Skilled plasterers worked on site to cast fancy cornices, large ceiling medallions and dentil crown molding.
You can still capture the formal elegance of yesteryear with modern reproduction molding. Today, a handful of companies are reproducing traditional cast-plaster molding out of durable plastics and high-density urethane foam. And, best of all, you can easily install this modern decoration yourself using simple carpentry tools.
We'll show you how to install an attractive round-top wall niche made of lightweight urethane foam. Its 7-inch-deep shelf provides a perfect place for displaying your favorite vase, clock or curio. This niche is designed to fit in a 2x4 wall between two 16-inch on-center studs. That means you don't have to reframe the opening. Just saw a hole in the drywall and pop in the niche.
Mark niche location
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.