Unfortunately, the appearance of even the most modern heating appliances are not always meets aesthetic requirements, and sometimes may not perfectly fit into the interior of the premises. Owners desire to eliminate this drawback is completely natural.
Before closing the radiator, is necessary to understand all the intricacies of the issue. Otherwise, the cost of housing heating can increase substantially. In this article we'll show you how to do it without any financial costs and loss of heat.
The content of the article:
- Masking radiators and heat engineering laws
- Requirements decor radiators
decor Methods of heating batteries
- Option # 1 - Budget painting
- Option # 2 - use tissues
- Option # 3 - device hard screen
- Option # 4 - Construction of boxes for batteries
- Option # 5 - Placing the batteries in the niches
- Option # 6 - arrangement of radiators in the bathroom and kitchen
- Conclusions and useful videos on the topic
Masking radiators and heat engineering laws
The main objective of any heating radiator
Thermal energy we can feel if we arrange the arm in the vicinity of the radiator. Convection air circulation ensures an even temperature distribution throughout the room. It is already known from school physics course - warm air rising up, it displaces colder.
Screen for radiator performs several important functions: link the unit with a design protects it from damage and settling dust, which when burned emit toxins
It should be understood that virtually any concealment method pipes and radiators will lead to inevitable loss of heating power. The simplest example - the use of the glass screen with artistic painting.
It would seem that the task of decorating the radiator is successful, but the room was just noticeably cooler. It happened because the glass is almost completely eliminates infrared radiation.
The original method for masking radiators will expand sill construction and use as a fitment
The deeper and more reliable will be hidden radiator, the greater will be the loss.
This statement is fully applicable to the deaf and screens preventing how long wavelength infrared and short wave convection.
Maximum grille perforations, there is a gap at the top and bottom of the overlay - a pledge of normal convection
The same can be said for the deaf boxes over the top of a radiator - they are an insurmountable obstacle to the spread of warm air up (does not work convection method). The conclusion is clear - the larger the area of the holes in the cover plate, the lower will be the heat loss.
Original ideas for decor and disguise radiators present a photo-selection:
For registration of the radiator in the interior uses a variety of technical and design techniques
Interesting openwork screen hides from the looks panel radiator, without affecting its heat
Close-iron batteries if they are not installed in a niche, do not get a flat screen TV, you will need a box
The easiest way to close the heating devices located under the wide sill, which serve as a supporting element of the future structure
The recesses below the sill excellent hiding radiators of any size, regardless of the structure and number of sections
Standard solution in the screen design for the heating device causes into account its size and heating equipment
An extensive range of ideas and ideas are always, all the more so in disguise radiators are no strict restrictions on materials and technological methods
When selecting a material for construction of the device covering the radiator is important to consider its strength and insulation qualities
the screen construction according to the principle of the blinds
Spectacular decor panel unit
Option masking iron battery
Design by "soft" sill
Masking the radiator in the wall niche
The screen for the battery as an object of art deco
radiator processing at a blank wall
The screen is made of plastic prefabrication
Requirements decor radiators
Availability tubes and batteries is another important aspect in choosing the decor after heat engineering requirements. It is well known that heating the battery, namely a compound with the pipe, is the weakest. Besides the heatsink due to improper installation and operation, either due to a number of other reasons, may leak.
the need may arise in case of emergency to to remove a radiator repair or replacement. In terms of plumbing, pad or screen should not have a fixed mounting, ideally - use Extra screens.
Even if you decide to neglect the advice of plumbing, still listen to the gloss of the mind, which dictates that any weak point of the system are the connection nodes. The presence of the audit (a plastic door) can greatly simplify the task of maintenance and radiator heating system in the future.
Decorative grille should provide the simplest and quickest access to the battery or to the connection to be able to carry out repair operations
decor Methods of heating batteries
Ways to close the heating radiator is known in abundance. To choose the best option, though not easy, but it is possible. Let's start with the simplest and most accessible ways.
Option # 1 - Budget painting
From the perspective of the designer it is very important to mix colors. Most often, the heating radiator is painted white, so the light-colored walls it will be virtually invisible.
If the walls are solid color dark color, there is also no problems. It will be sufficient to choose the heat-resistant paint of the desired color and implement radiator staining. If we can not get into the ideal tone, but this is not nothing wrong, unlike in several colors from the crowd it seems virtually invisible.
If the wallpaper on the walls have a picture, then the radiator needs to be done to match them. Most often, one or two walls have a pattern, and the rest are finished with wallpaper of different textures in one tone.
In this case, from the remnants of wallpaper used must be cut into strips and stick them on the radiator. The thickness of the strips and interleaving should be selected in place empirically derived figure trying to enter the most distinct in the interior space.
Radiators heat-resistant paint composition does not abrade and does not emit harmful substances during heating. Using stencils, templates and ready-made labels greatly facilitates the process of decorating a radiator
When it comes to disguise radiators in the nursery, you can unleash the imagination and paint them to match the surrounding decor. Finished stencils will be handy in case of insufficient experience with the brush. Do not forget that you need to use only heat-resistant paint.
Option # 2 - use tissues
Another proven and very successful way to disguise a radiator is "blind to the floor." Earlier this method was the easiest and most popular due to the fact that the heavy blackout curtains were all the rage. Who decided to use a thick cloth, which is attached with Velcro to the wall or window sill.
It is best to fix the curtain wall to wall, with the light curtain it will look great. Similarly, you can do by replacing the curtains vertical blinds.
Screens of a metal frame and fabric to match the finish of the walls - an inexpensive effective solution, virtually no effect on the device heating equipment
Option # 3 - device hard screen
One of the easiest ways is to use the closing batteries Extra screens. variety of materials or combinations of integers may be used for their manufacture.
However, we must note that the mere display of the wall may look ridiculous, so you need to think through every detail of his appearance and fit right into the interior. The store will not be difficult to find a ready-made screens and close with them radiators.
If you plan to install the screen, the calculation unit applies the required power correction factor depending on the method of installation structure
The most widely used the following types of screens.
Metal screens for batteries
As a rule, used for its manufacture stainless steel or chrome produced elements. These products are characterized by good thermal conductivity and durability.
At relatively low cost and good functionality of their appearance is poor. Without additional finishing such screens are suitable for the decoration of the room in the style of hi-tech.
Metal structures are characterized by high thermal conductivity and will not greatly affect the quality of the device thermotechnical
Wooden lattice radiator
This option is the most win-win, as the tree is easy to fit in almost any interior space. It is best not to buy ready-made standard screen, and make it to order. The appearance of a wooden screen should match the style and colors of the furniture or be a part of it.
The appearance of a wooden screen resembles a woven lattice and looks impressive and stylish. It is best suited for wooden lattice disguise beneath the battery box. Such a construction with a sufficient number of holes does not hinder the penetration of warm air and provides good convection.
Wood - a material with high insulation properties. When choosing a wooden screen for the battery, it is better to prefer the construction of a high degree of perforation
The screen of decorative glass
Decorative glass give the interior of any room type of lightness and ease. Room with a glass screen of decorative glass take the form of well-groomed and completeness. True, along with the spectacular appearance of this screen conceals a significant disadvantage.
The screen of decorative glass perfectly fit into the interior of any room, but no perforation gap even with the top and bottom largely reduce the heat transfer
When using the glass screen is almost twice the heat transfer is reduced. Therefore it is necessary to choose between effectively and efficiently. If you come to the question correctly, it is best to use the screen of decorative glass panels - so it will reach the respective hiding effect and the maximum guaranteed thermal conductivity.
If you have previously dealt with the screens as a finished product, the screen is made of plasterboard can be made independently. Screen plasterboard considered the budget for this. Make it under the force of each, and subsequent binding to finish should not cause particular difficulties.
Plasterboard, thick plywood or similar material to the screen the battery can be done by hand
Since the display device of the embodiment is considered the most versatile drywall, then it will stop device in more detail. To create and install screen will need the following tools and materials:
- Stationery knife
- Shears for metal
- Sandpaper, level
- plasterboard sheets
- Profile of CD and UD
Let's open a little secret - plasterboard is not recommended to be used without pretreatment. This is due to the fact that this material does not possess sufficient thermal conductivity. In addition, under the influence of heat, it breaks down and crumbles.
To correct the situation as possible, treating 2-3 times a sheet of drywall with white glue. This treatment will not only effectively prevent drying out, but also significantly increase the thermal conductivity.
Step 1: From the metal profile on the level expose frame for fixing plasterboard
Were constructed false wall for dispensation frame. Sheets screws to fix said material
Remove the radiator with hooks hammered into the wall and fitted with the battery portion and slopes
The angles of slope and the joints between plasterboard sheets sizing serpyanku, cap fixing points smeared shpaklevkoj
Adhered to the back surface of a sheet of drywall and slopes plasterer or coloring composition suitable
We hang on hooks radiator, connect the unit to the heating system and complete the finishing space
If you planned to completely hide the presence of the radiator, with him close the screen niche
Select screen in accordance with a design solution according to which the flat finishing is performed
Step 1: The frame of the device profile
Step 2: Attaching the sheets of drywall to the frame
Step 3: Removing the heat sink arrangement for a niche
Step 4: To strengthen the corners and seams of plasterboard walls
Step 5: Treatment dispensation plaster niches
Step 6: Fixing radiator and walls
Step 7: Decoration with niche-screen battery
Step 8: Option decorating screen niche
Work on the screen device of plasterboard begin with rack mounting. For its production must be cut guides UD profiles and fix them with screws to the floor and windowsill. To screen surface coincides with the surface of the wall frame need to drown drywall thickness plus the thickness of the trim. Typically, this quantity is 13-14 mm.
Next, you need to fix CD profiles, you will need to take into account that the distance between the vertical profiles must be slightly larger than the lattice size. Armed with a pencil and a tape measure must be applied to the sheet size pieces and cut them with a knife stationery.
Properly installed and CD UD profile help without any further difficulties with the installation of drywall under the grille for the radiator
The cut blanks to be fastened to the frame with screws. Binding should be done very carefully, because the excessive burial caps screws can occur gap sheet of drywall. It remains to fix the grid and make the screen finish.
Fastening drywall sheets or plywood can be performed using wooden slats. The figure clearly shows how to fix them
Option # 4 - Construction of boxes for batteries
Boxes that hide the battery, it is best to arrange during the repair or installation of the heating system.
For the manufacture of the box the following materials are suitable:
- Plasterboard. One of the most common materials. It has a low cost, lightweight and easy to handle. There are many ways of finishing using drywall. This material can be putty and to paint, wallpaper and the film decorating molding.
- MDF panels. Another embodiment budget decorative plating apparatus. MDF is not afraid of sudden changes in temperature and not exposed to drying out. Typically, the design mimics wood MDF panels of exotic or rare wood, which makes it easy to fit into your home decor.
- Plywood. This material is very light and easy to handle. With it you can quickly make solid and easy screen for the radiator. Plywood is easy to cut and just decorated. As a finishing treatment may be selected varnishing, painting, gluing or film of wallpaper, decorative plaster.
- Sheets laminated chipboard. This material is more difficult to work, although his fixation never have problems.
- Wood. The advantage of this material is evidenced by its ecological purity and naturalness. With the help of wooden bars and rods can be without the skills and special tools to make a beautiful box that will help close the fine not only cooler but also the heating pipes. In this case, with the racks where it is easier to work, especially when it relates to work in hard to reach places.
The box can not be just a decoration and disguise radiators and bear functional or aesthetic load. If we consider the option of functionality, it is possible, for example, using sheets of particle board and aims to make a wardrobe full width of the room.
The optimum height of the enclosure should match the height of the window sill, if the radiator is under the window.
The central part of the box enclosure effectively masks heating radiator, while the remainder of the box is used as a bookcase
Aesthetic box load is more complex to implement, but doable. The radiator is located at the wall, you can decorate a fireplace. In this case not necessarily used in brick laying and installation forged lattice. You can do much easier and make a box out of the cut sheet of plywood or fiberboard.
Maintaining the proportions and without departing from the scheme, it is possible in just a few hours to make a decorative fireplace frame of wooden slats and plywood and make its design
After fixing a wooden rack frame and install the cut sheet of plywood is okleit fireplace film. You can go ahead and stick inside the fireplace painted flames or embers, here it is all depends on the flight of your imagination.
Box for batteries in the form of a chest of drawers with front shelves execute functionality
The design in the form of the eastern Ottoman contain not only the battery storage compartments
Box to mask the radiator perfectly aligned with the desk and allows you to expand the window sill
If you intend to load the masking structure, before the construction should calculate its load-bearing capacity
Similar calculations require sills, arranged in a format comfortable places of rest
There is no need to load-bearing capacity of structures calculations, whose task is only a disguise
Ideal close the battery in the kitchen worktop, combined with box and drawers
Abolish the window sill is possible not only in the kitchen but also in other rooms, for example, replacing it with the construction of wood with granite countertops
The box for the battery to the front shelves
Masking radiator as ottomans
Box with an attached desk
Box as an extended sill
Construction of angular sill radiators
Box-paste between bookcases
Apparatus desktop duct
The replacement of traditional sill
Option # 5 - Placing the batteries in the niches
One of the more labor-intensive methods of masking and radiator heating pipes is realized in the construction phase or an overhaul. This method considers placement of pipes and radiators are not on the wall, and inside it.
Of course, this will inevitably lead to a reduction of useful floor space and increase the heat, but there is no need to puzzle over, how to decorate radiators and heating pipes.
You can go even further and completely abandon the radiators and pipes, replacing them with under-floor heating. If the heating effect is insufficient, it is possible to supplement the heating system convector-stealth-mounted furniture, window sills, skirting, flooring, etc.
Convector invisibility can compete with conventional heating systems with pipes and radiators
Option # 6 - arrangement of radiators in the bathroom and kitchen
In the bathroom, it is best to hide radiators into any piece of furniture. It is best suited for this hanging lockers. If due to any reason you can not hide the radiator cabinet, it is better not to resort to the manufacture of hinged boxes. They will look awkward on the wall. In this case, it is better to simply paint the radiator to match the walls.
As for placing the radiator on the floor, we can restrict the installation screen. For the manufacture of the screen suitable MDF and plastic, it can also be a glass and chrome-plated metal - these materials are well combined with a sterile purity and luster tiles.
The kitchen is often cloaked radiator under the windowsill, countertop. This method allows you to not only hide radiator, but also significantly increase the work surface. When it comes to a small apartment, then this technique can be considered a significant bonus. Here it is difficult to argue which aspect is more important - a functional or aesthetic.
The functionality of the kitchen is enhanced by installing additional work surface as table tops and cabinet
There is also the option to install folding table. In this case, the color of countertops and wall color should be the same. The disadvantage of this design is the inability to make the design of the perforated worktops. Presence of a gap between the countertop and the floor, as well as between the top and the sill will help ensure the normal convection.
Conclusions and useful videos on the topic
Video review masking designs decorative glass:
radiator painting shown in the video:
Video acquaint with interesting options decoration of heating elements, manufacturer that can handle his own:
When the masking any of the proposed methods do not forget about the main functional problem radiators - heating and heat conduction. Correctly selected material, installation and decorating scheme may increase heat losses.
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