Central heating pipes that are visible against the wall are not a very aesthetic view. How to hide pipes running along walls at low cost? Can everyone cope with this task?

How to hide heating pipes in the apartment? The best methods

Installation pipes running along the wall is a common problem for people who live in old buildings – a few decades ago investors did not pay as much attention to aesthetic issues as today, focusing primarily on low costs and practical solutions (installations were to be easily accessible in case of failure). In many blocks of flats from the so-called prefabricated concrete slabs, you can still find pipes visible in the middle of the wall in the living room – what to do in such a situation?

How to cover up the pipes running along the wall in a clever way, without much effort and expense? There are really many possibilities. The first suggestion is to paint the central heating pipes in the same color as the walls in the room – they will visually merge with the interior and will not be so conspicuous. Another inexpensive and effective method is to hang curtains on the wall, but it makes sense only when the pipes are actually close to the window

Another way to hide disfiguring elements of the installation is to cover installation pipes with gypsum cardboard or furniture boards (we can make a cabinet with brackets, which will also cover the pipes inside). We do not have to forge the walls or violate their structure to hide the pipes – it is a relatively cheap and universal solution (we can encase both a single pipe and several elements that run next to each other). However, for the effect to be aesthetic, you need experience in this type of work. If we do not have the soul of a do-it-yourselfer, it is worth considering the help of qualified professionals in this type of activity. What is important, in this way we can mask both the pipes running along the wall and under the ceiling

If the wall where the central heating pipes run is wallpapered, covering them with the same wallpaper can be a great camouflage (although there is a risk that due to the heat, the wallpaper may come away from the pipe after some time). The next method is to cover the pipes with furniture – it may be enough to rearrange a bookcase or a display case to forget that there are heating pipes running in the place at all. If you are annoyed by a visible pipe in the bathroom, you can install a special U-shaped plaster grille on the wall, which can be freely shortened and looks quite impressive

How to give the pipes an aesthetic function?

An ingenious and unusual solution can be the use of a method based on the use of contrast; instead of hiding the pipes in different ways, it is worth doing the opposite and skillfully expose them. How to do it? A good step may turn out to be painting the pipes in a contrasting color, in relation to the wall. This type of trick will be perfect for rooms decorated in industrial or Scandinavian style. An interesting option is to wrap pipes with a string of light balls, so called cotton balls, which are very popular in recent years and inexpensive. We will get in this way a charming decorative effect

It is worth using this patent for example in a children’s room or bedroom. The balls will beautifully illuminate the interior after dark, introducing a cozy and intimate atmosphere. Fans of nautical atmosphere can wrap the pipes with a thick nautical rope – the effect will surely attract the attention of all guests visiting us. Nothing stands in the way of using the pipes as… a flower bed! Just wrap them in cork matting and place some pots with ivy or other climbing plants nearby.

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Angelina Schultz

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