As necessary as your boiler is, the pipes aren’t exactly design accents. Here’s how to cover unsightly boiler pipes and boilers in your home.
Homeowners spent $400 billion on home renovation projects last year to increase their comfort and boost property value.
Disguising unsightly boiler and boiler pipes might improve both in your home.
This type of home renovation project is simple if you plan it safely. There are several cost-efficient ways to do this. Here are key things to consider before you cover your boiler or pipes.
Your boiler is an essential part of your HVAC system. But as much as you need it, your boiler can still be a frustrating eyesore that impedes your interior design.
So how do you do to make it fit in? There are various options. You’ll need to consider your budget and other factors before you move ahead.
Things to Consider
Before you begin your boiler makeover project, here are some key consideration to guide you on how to cover your boiler and with what.
Where is it located?
The location of your boiler and its pipes will affect how you can best hide them. You might find you have limited space or that what works great in the kitchen doesn’t in the bathroom.
Think about the design elements where it’s located, and how a boiler cover might seamlessly fit in.
What’s your budget?
The cost of different covers will vary. If you work with a small budget, stick to methods that are cheap and DIY.
If you have a bigger budget, you can afford fancier materials or hire a professional. Large budgets can also accommodate the building of a boiler cupboard or utility room.
Is it practical?
Naturally, you want a cover that fits with your interior design. But you also need to stay practical. Choose concealment that allows proper ventilation. Make sure your boiler is still accessible for maintenance and repairs.
Manufacturer requirements checked?
Another factor to consider before boxing a boiler is manufacturer’s requirements. These specify what your boiler needs for ventilation and fire safety.
Make sure your project doesn’t involve combustible or corrosive substances. If you’re not sure, call us at (402) 731-2727 to help you safely complete the project.
How to Cover Unsightly Boiler Pipes
You have a range of options to choose from to cover your boiler and its unattractive pipes. Once you know your budget and what materials you have, choose one of the following methods.
Boiler pipe casing
If you need to hide unsightly pipes your plumber had to retrofit, then a simple pipe casing could be an easy solution.
A boiler pipe casing is a simple box that fits around the pipes to make them blend in with the wall. It isn’t made to cover the entire boiler but specifically the unsightly pipes.
Retrofitted boiler pipes might emerge from the ceiling or floor. They can be either horizontal or vertical. A casing can be made to fit over them no matter which direction they run. You can finish it with paint or wallpaper to match the walls.
Turn it into a cupboard
You might be bothered by both your boiler and its unsightly pipes. If so, you can design a large cupboard to encase both.
This is a bigger home project that needs careful planning and more resources. The end result is worth it because you can design the cupboard to fit the room’s interior design.
A cupboard is great if your boiler is in your kitchen. It will fit the rest of the room. Make sure it has a door so the boiler is accessible.
Cheap DIY options
More than 30,000 boilers are sold each year. It’s a costly investment and might leave you low on cash. If you have a small budget, a simple DIY project can get you an economical cover.
Here are two possibilities:
- Hang curtains to hide both boiler and pipes. They can be pulled back for access
- Make a DIY chalkboard cover. Ue it to write housekeeping notes or lists
Benefits of Disguised Pipes
Investment in a boiler pipe cover will be worth it. It can add a level of safety to your kitchen or bathroom when it is safely hidden from young children.
It can also boost the property value of your home if you decide to sell sell. Potential buyers will be more interested if they see no flaws to its interior design.
A boiler pipe cover can be a simple project that offers long-lasting benefits.
This guide can help you learn how to cover unsightly boiler pipes in a safe and simple way. Don’t forget to follow your manufacturer’s safety guidelines while you design your disguise.
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