Wondering How To Hide A Radiator? All The Answers

We all want our living space to be appealing. Hopefully, there are many decor ideas for all tastes, plus enough to make your house more functional, especially if you lack space. You may know how to make a room look bigger (even your small bathroom) or how to decorate your living room the right way, but do you know how to hide a radiator?

Close up of a cute grey cat relaxing on a warm radiator under the window

Many times, radiators can ruin your home decor. Whether you use electric radiators or heaters or you have a central heating system, the problems are the same. They are bulky, prone to dust, dirt, and sludge, making your house always look messy. What if we told you that we know how to hide a radiator? It’s very easy, and the most important thing is that it is a DIY project, meaning you don’t have to spend money on experts to help you cover your unsightly radiators. So, are you ready to find great solutions and hacks for a total makeover of your living space? 

How to hide a radiator

We are all used to seeing radiators in every room. And we are all used to blocking them, without success, since they’re still visible. What we manage to do is to block the heat output. The good news is that whether you have a small radiator, a tall one or any other size and shape, you can hide it and turn it into an attractive piece of furniture that will blend with the interior design

Here we have some radiator cover ideas that can help you disguise your ugly radiators. Let’s dive in!

1. Paint them

The first and low-cost solution to hide a radiator is to paint it. Most of the time, a couple of coats of matte paint is all it takes to turn radiators into alluring pieces. Choose a coordinating colour with your walls to make them invisible or one to contrast. Whatever your choice is, be aware of the type of paint. You should get heat resistant radiator paint to withstand the high temperatures. Many homeowners use paint sprayers, but you will have to remove the radiator.Hand painting a radiator with paint brush

2. Move the furniture

For those whose budgets are really tight and who don’t want to spend a penny, the easiest way to hide an ugly built-in radiator is to place a piece of furniture in front of it. Just remember! Large objects block both a radiator and its heating performance. Therefore, don’t put anything too bulky. Choose a sofa or armchair of the same height and width as the radiator to let heat circulate through the room. 

3. Get a console table

An eyesore for most homeowners is a radiator in the entryway. Unfortunately, the choices are limited for this case. A great radiator cover idea is to place a console table, maybe with a mirror above it. It will cover the ugly radiator, and at the same time, you will have a surface to display flowers and picture frames or place your keys, sunglasses, and everything else you need when you are on the go. As a plus, nothing is going to affect your radiator’s efficiency. The table is open on all sides, ensuring that heat can circulate freely, warming the room.

4. Create a window seat

Usually, radiators are located underneath a window. If you have one as well, seize the opportunity and create a cosy nook for reading and relaxing.  What can you do? Enclose the radiator with a radiator cover and place on top of it upholstered cushions. However, there are two things you need to be aware of.  First, your radiator is low enough to get a suitable seating height; the other thing, you need to make sure the window is secure, especially if you have children around.

A radiator cover used as a window seat

5. Place a decorative radiator cover

You can purchase a radiator cover, or if you are an experienced DIYer, you can make one to fit around the radiator. The ready-made covers usually consist of a wooden frame made from MDF with an aluminium grill inside the frame. If you want to make one, you can use pallets or old furniture pieces like a headboard or a wooden screen. Paint your wooden radiator cover to blend in with the rest of the room decor or chalk paint to create an elegant, smooth finish.

6. Create a storage space

A rather convenient radiator cover idea for limited spaces is creating a storage cover enclosing your radiator. This solution is convenient if you want to hide a bathroom radiator. Bathrooms are the rooms in the house where there aren’t many cabinets to keep things. With this radiator cover, you can have two in one; a way to hide your unsightly radiator and a cabinet to store detergents and other items.

7. Create a side table

A less expensive solution is to put a piece of wood, marble stone etc., on top of your heater and instantly turn it into a side table or a radiator shelf. Remember though! Wood and water don’t get on well. Hence, if the radiator is leaking, it will impact wood.

A round white table and two black chairs next to a radiator used as a side table

8. Build a bookcase

If you are a handyman, you can build a bookcase using pallets or MDF over the radiator, or else you can purchase a custom-made one. Create a deep wall bookshelf on top of the heater incorporating the heater.

9. Build a faux fireplace

It’s well known that a fireplace can add atmosphere to a room and make it cosier. However, we aren’t all so lucky to have one. The good news is that we can make a fake one to enclose the unattractive radiator. If you know how to build an outdoor fireplace, then things will be easier. Use brick, stone or carved wood to create your enclosure for your heater resembling a classic fireplace. Then place a mantel on top where you can display photos, heirlooms, or even decorate it as you wish. 

10. Get a designer radiator

There’s only one solution for those who are more demanding, and none of the above ideas is liked. Replace their old cast iron radiators with new designer ones. Surely, they are more attractive than older ones. However, it isn’t something all budgets can withstand.

A sunny bedroom interior with covered radiators at each side

Interesting, right? So many radiator cover ideas for all budgets. Even if you don’t have enough money or want to waste your savings, you can hide your radiators with the above DIY ideas. You can paint them, place a table over them or purchase a radiator cabinet. Whatever your choice is, one thing is for sure. You’ll improve your interior design and make it more stylish.

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