5 Ways to hide or update your radiator

5 Easy Ways to Hide or Update Your Radiator

Many older homes have radiators. Sometimes these are small and hidden away, but these are typically bulky and in the way, often in living spaces. They are unsightly and tend to need a redo after some years of wear and tear. Luckily, there are things that any homeowner can do to either hide or update the radiators in his/ her home. These updates are generally simple, requiring little tools or supplies, which makes them even better for any homeowner.

A yellow and white radiator in a hallway undergoing an update.
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Quite possibly the easiest thing you can do to spruce up your radiators is painting them. First, you’ll have to make sure the paint is good rouse on radiators, since they heat up. Now, painting them to standout or match your walls is up to you and how much you want them to be visible.

A wooden slatted shelf in a room with a lamp and a vase provides a stylish solution to hide or update your radiator.
http://www.shelterness.com/15-ideas-to-hide-ugly-radiators-by-making-them-looks-like-sideboards/

Creates or building your own simple masker like above is another easy way to hide radiators while adding a country, laid-back theme to a room. They can be made as big as you want and painted any color. They also provide a place to put small items.

A white radiator in a bedroom near a window.
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A sleeker, more contemporary/modern technique is to make an entire furniture piece out of the radiator cover. Make sure there are vents to let the heat out, but the design is completely up to you and to most it looks like a simple chest, so there isn’t a thought that it’s actually hiding a radiator.

A window bench with a book on it.
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20622800_21202842,00.html

These covers can also be used as seating areas. Of course, you’ll need to make sure it’s made properly so it can hold weight correctly and won’t catch fire, but these can be a nice area to relax and put your shoes on.

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*Make sure all paints and materials used are not flammable and safe to use near radiators, and can also support the amount of weight you desire to put on it.*

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