Just about every home in the UK has a boiler – the weather in the country makes this an absolute must. Most houses in the country are extremely cold during the winter months, so a boiler is an essential item to have, to keep the interior of homes at a warm and constant temperature.
However, since most of these appliances are made to keep the inside temperature at a comfortable level, they often don’t fit in with the rest of the décor and actually spoil the look of the room in which it is installed.
There are a few things to consider before you decide how to hide your boiler, and these include:
• Is it the right boiler for your home?
• Where in your house is your boiler located?
• Do you want to simply camouflage it or hide it completely?
• Is practicality or style more important? In other words, would you benefit from moving your boiler and would you still have easy access to it in its new location?
• How much can you afford?
Once you have decided on the above important boiler information, then choose one of the following six ideas to help you to hide your boiler effectively
1. Use a curtain – if you’re working to a tight budget, then a curtain is the ideal way to hide your boiler. It costs next-to-nothing and you can do it without much effort at all. Use any type of fabric in a colour that matches the rest of your décor.
2. Hang a chalkboard in front of your boiler – one of the easiest, cheapest ways to hide a boiler, is to simply hang a chalkboard in front of it! With this idea, you have the best of both worlds – somewhere to jot down your shopping needs and an effective way to hide your boiler from view!
3. Box up the pipes – boilers usually involve pipes sticking out of the wall, which can make a room look exceptionally unappealing. Make the area look neat and tidy by using pipe casings or boxing them in to hide them safely. Make sure that there is enough ventilation to stop the pipes from overheating, and that there is enough room for an engineer to work in, if you need to have your boiler serviced.
4. Build a cupboard – this is yet another affordable way to hide your boiler. It could be a bit hard if you’ve recently redecorated your kitchen, but if you call in a carpenter to help you, it will be easier than you think. With someone in the know to help you, a cupboard can be built around your boiler, that will match the rest of your kitchen perfectly!
5. Build a separate space – if you can afford it, and you have the space, then another option is to build a special space for your boiler, like a tiny utility room. It could double as a space to keep other appliances hidden. If, for some reason building a mini utility room is not possible, then create a false wall with a door, either in your kitchen, or in some other area of your home, to hide your boiler.
6. Buy an attractive-looking boiler – if money is no object, then shop around and buy one of the beautiful boilers on the market that will look great in any kitchen. Some boilers are so attractive, that they actually improve the look of a kitchen! This is definitely money well-spent!
The above six ideas will help anyone hide a boiler and keep their kitchen and the rest of their home looking beautiful. However, there are several important factors to bear in mind before you decide how you want to hide your boiler, such as:
• Read the instructions carefully before installing your boiler
• It must be easily accessible for repairs and servicing
• It must be placed away from any harmful items
• Ventilation must be adequate for both cooling and combustion
Note: If you are a DIY homeowner and want to install your boiler yourself, then make sure to adhere to all regulations and requirements regarding safe working and installation. However, if you’re not sure about what to do, then it is best to call in a company of professional boiler replacement and installation experts to do the job properly for you.