5 ways to hide your unsightly exposed boiler

By hiding your boiler and its ugly pipes with curtains or something more ambitious you could increase your home’s value. Here’s how to do it.

Boilers are built for function not style, and while we’re eternally gratefully for the warmth they provide, they don’t exactly add much to a room’s aesthetic.

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In fact, a study by npower found that 68% of Brits would be put off buying a property if it had an exposed boiler and more than half of us would try and knock £5,000 off the purchase price of a house because of an exposed boiler.

We spoke to interior experts Helen Powell and Fifi McGee on how to hide it.

First things first

Before you get started, Helen points out a few things you’ll need to consider.

“Which area of your home is your boiler installed in, what typically happens there and how visible is it? Would it be better to hide it, detract from it, camouflage it, or maybe even integrate it into your room’s design scheme?

“Along with your budget, it’s worth considering these things first to help you decide which is the most appropriate and stylish solution for you and your home,” she explains.

When looking to hide your boiler, remember that ventilation is vital.

The ventilation requirements will depend on the type and age of your boiler so if you’re unsure, contact your boiler manufacturer or a qualified installer for advice.

Be careful with what you conceal: it shouldn’t affect your ability to adjust the controls or a heating engineer’s ability to access both the boiler’s internal components and its external pipe work.

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Conceal it with a curtain

One easy way to hide your boiler is to put up a small curtain or shower pole and hang some fabric in front of it.

This way, you’ll still be able to get to your boiler easily but won't have to look at it every day.

Fifi suggests using a fabric that complements the room so as not to draw attention to it.

Box in the pipes

“If you want to neaten up the pipework underneath your boiler consider boiler casings,” Fifi explains.

“These are specially made cases that wrap around your pipe work concealing it safely, giving the room a much cleaner look.

“Remember to ensure your boiler and pipework have sufficient ventilation, that the material you choose to use meets the necessary fire requirements, and that the boiler can be accessed for annual servicing and breakdowns in the future.”

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DIY chalkboard cover

If you’re feeling more creative, attempt creating your own chalkboard cover.

You’ll need to be DIY confident for this one: build an MDF frame to go around your boiler and box it off keeping hinges on one side.

Use a lick of chalkboard paint to leave you with something practical that also keeps your boiler discreet.

Put it in a cupboard

It can be hard to find a unit matching your kitchen that will be the right size to keep your boiler hidden.

In this case, Fifi says to build a simple swing door using MDF and paint it a colour to match the room and if you can, put matching handles on.

“Ask your local carpenter for rates and recommendations on the most affordable fireproof material for the job,” Fifi says.

Create a custom unit

“Think creatively about how much space you can realistically use around the boiler to make the most of your investment,” Fifi says.

“Redundant space in a home is less than ideal, so if your budget can splurge, spend it on multi-purpose solutions like having a bespoke unit designed, made and installed to cover the boiler and multiple storage solutions you need in your home.

“Built-in cupboards can give multiple surface space for tricky to store items such as ironing boards and hoovers.”

What are your tips for hiding exposed boilers? Let us know in the Comments section below.

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