Schluter-SHELF-E is suitable for corner installations and can be installed with the tile, or as a retrofit after tile has been installed. The following information outlines the key steps for both installations. Video instructions are available for installation with tile and retrofit installation.

The Schluter-shelf can be used both inside the shower and out; in bathrooms, kitchens, or any tiled wall application. The shelves are made of 5/32-inch-thick brushed stainless steel and come in three different shapes and two different patterns, and are made to integrate with Schluter point drain grates and linear drain grates.

Four 3/32-inch-thick tabs on each shelf allow for installation in the grout joint without cutting or drilling into the adjacent tiles.

Installation with Tile

Install the wall tile. A grout joint width of three-thirty-seconds inch or greater will eliminate the need to notch the tiles where the shelf is placed.
Clean the setting material from the joint where the shelf will be installed while it is still fresh. Mark the tiles approximately 3/8 inch from the outside corners of the shelf.
Grout the tile installation, leaving the area from the marks to the inside corner open. After the grout has set, fill the open joint with a sealant that is suitable for the application. A clear 100% silicone is recommended.
Painter’s tape can be used on the surrounding tile and/or the shelf for the next steps of the installation, if desired. Insert the shelf and provide temporary support if needed. Finally, seal the joint between the shelf and the wall tile on the top and bottom surfaces and finish the joint using a caulking tool or other suitable method. Allow the sealant to set before using the shelf.

Retrofit Installation

Retrofit installation is done by removing grout from one of the joints and securing the shelf in the open grout joint. First, mark the tiles where the tabs of the shelf will be inserted into the grout joint. A grout joint width of 3/32 inch or greater will eliminate the need to notch the adjacent tiles.
Remove the grout from these areas using an oscillating tool, grout removal hand tool or an angle grinder. Take care not to damage the waterproofing layer behind the tile during this step.
Once the grout is removed, clean away any dust or debris. Painter’s tape can be used on the surrounding tile and the shelf for the next steps if desired. Fill the gaps in the joint with a sealant that is suitable for the application such as clear 100% silicone.
Insert the shelf and seal the joint between the shelf and the wall tile on the top and bottom surfaces and finish the joint using a caulking tool or other suitable method. Provide temporary support if needed. Allow the sealant to set before using the shelf.