Boilers are not always the most attractive of appliances and many people choose to hide their boilers with curtains for example, to cover up those unsightly pipes.
Boilers are made for function and not aesthetics and while we appreciate the warmth and hot water they supply; we don’t always appreciate the way they change the look of a room. A study conducted by npower found that 68% of those surveyed would be put off from buying a property if it had an exposed boiler.
If you want to improve the appearance of your boiler, here are some things to consider:
A lot will depend on where in your property the boiler is located, what else happens in that space and how obvious is it. What would be the best course of action? Hide it, camouflage it or include it as part of the room’s overall décor style?
The next consideration is what kind of budget you have for this project.
When thinking about covering a boiler, it’s essential to maintain ventilation. The type and level of ventilation required will vary depending on the age and style of boiler. Remember you can always contact the manufacturer for information or enlist the help of a professional engineer. For Boiler Installation Forest Of Dean, visit http://greenplanetheating.org/
Be mindful of what covering you choose as it should in no way affect the ability to adjust the controls or an engineer from being able to carry essential maintenance both inside the boiler and the external pipes.
Using a curtain is one simple and cost-effective way to disguise a boiler. A fabric that blends in with the rest of the décor won’t draw the eye to it. You’ll still have good access but won’t have to look at it all the time.
Box it in
If the pipework underneath your boiler bothers you, then consider casings for your boiler. You can purchase special cases for covering pipework that give much cleaner lines to your room. Remember the ventilation needs and that any material used should meet fire safety standards.
For a more creative take on covering your boiler, chalkboard paint is a fun and useful addition. You’ll need to build a frame from MDF to box off your boiler with hinges on one side. You’ll end up with a handy place for shopping lists and to-do lists, as well as hiding your boiler.
Put it in a cupboard
It’s going to be nigh on impossible to find a kitchen cupboard unit that matches the rest of your décor and is the right size to cover your boiler. You will probably need to make a swing door from MDF and then paint it to match the rest of the room. Matching handles will also help it to blend in and look the part.