The 10 Best Ways To Hide Ugly Home Heaters
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Positively Radiating1 of 11
Radiators are notorious for being interior eyesores. Thankfully, inventive designers and savvy homeowners are becoming increasingly adept at transforming these bulky yet necessary components into stylish pieces. From custom to DIY, these ten ideas will help your radiators blend in to your decor.
Form & Function2 of 11
Traditional radiator covers with intricate metal grates can be quite beautiful, but they can feel out of place when your style leans more contemporary. A custom cover can be designed to fit your space, disguising the radiator as a console or sofa table. The top shouldn't get too warm, so feel free to place lamps, stacks of books and other decor right on top.
Shelving & Cabinetry3 of 11
Want to get more from your radiator cover? Have one made that extends across an entire wall, incorporating storage and display areas into the space.
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Architectural Details4 of 11
This built-in radiator cover includes shelving and blends in with the other architectural features in the space. The clean lines and smooth surface provide the perfect spot for displaying art and treasures.
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Under Cover5 of 11
Even if your radiator cover doesn't incorporate storage, you can make it look as if it does. This sleek piece from architectural firm Schappacher White, for example, looks like just another piece of furniture.
Create Unity6 of 11
Create a seamless, cohesive look by using one type of radiator cover throughout your home.
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Built-Ins7 of 11
A decorative grate and built-in shelf fill what would otherwise have been an awkward and unusable window nook. Built-ins are a smart design move, because they visually expand the space.
DIY Solution8 of 11
Looking for a simple DIY solution? Install a floating shelf or one with brackets around the radiator.
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Marble & Stone9 of 11
Luxurious yet utterly simple, a small slab of marble atop this radiator doubles as a shelf to store hand towels and bath products. Look for small scrap pieces of marble on Craigslist or check a local salvage yard.
Warm-Up Desk10 of 11
Create a simple workaround in a kitchen or home office by installing low counters over a radiator. If you plan to use the portion of the desk directly over the radiator, choose a counter deep enough to allow room for your legs.
Console Prize11 of 11
Want a quick solution that requires zero work or commitment? Pick out a console table long and wide enough to cover your radiator, and scoot it right over the top. Paint your radiator to match the wall and place a few baskets or a boot tray in front of it—you will hardly notice it anymore.
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