10 tips on how to hide the radiator + photos


  1. №1. What should be taken into account?
  2. №2. Radiator painting is the easiest way
  3. No. 3. Painting radiator
  4. №4. Curtain screens (grilles) for radiators
  5. №5. Glass screen for radiator
  6. №6. Wooden screen for radiator
  7. №7. MDF, chipboard and plastic screens
  8. №8. Creating a false wall with a niche for the radiator
  9. №9. A few original ideas
  10. №10. What to do with the heating pipes?
  11. In conclusion

Heating radiator very rarely can harmoniously fit into the interior, in other cases it has to somehow mask. In attempts to bring beauty to the apartment and hide batteries, many make big mistakes, the result of which can serve even more prominence of the place where the radiator is located, or the violation of convection currents air.How can I hide the heating radiator so that it retains its necessary functions and makes it truly invisible?We reveal the secrets of designers and learn how to apply them in an independent arrangement of an apartment.

№1. What should be taken into account?

A radiator, which some do not hesitate to compare with a log in the eye, performs in an apartment

essential function, and it should not be forgotten, because it is impossible to survive the harsh winter without proper heating. That is why all attempts to decorate the radiator should not go beyond the limits of common sense.

Solving the problem of how to disguise the radiatorconsider such nuances:

  • whatever the decor,the main function of the battery should not be violated- to heat, so even if the radiator is covered with a screen, there must be holes in it, and the more, the better. It is also advisable to provide slots under the windowsill and near the floor so as not to interfere with air circulating normally;
  • radiator and threaded connections must remain in the access zone, so do not interfere with a small window if the screen is not removable;
  • a crane, a thermal head and other elements of management and adjustment of delivery of the heat-transfer agent should be in an easy access for carrying out at necessity of repair work.

The easiest wayget an eye-catching battery and 100% keep all of its functions - it'sbuy a designer radiator.Such products are made to order and completely correspond to the design of the room. Minus is a high price, which forces you to look for more affordable options.


№2. Radiator painting is the easiest way

Staining -the cheapest and the easiestThe way to give radiators a decent appearance, but resort to this option not only when the budget is limited. If you choose an interior style, such asScandinavian or loft, then the communications are not shy - they fit well into the situation.

In any case, paint the radiator better so as to maximize "dissolve" it against the background of the walls. Use the necessary thermal paint, ideally - just repeat the color of the wall, but the discrepancy for a couple of shades is allowed.

If the walls are not white, then the white radiator, clearly contrasting against their background -big mistake. Often, those who trim the walls with wallpaper with a picture, glue them also in the niche behind the battery, thereby emphasizing the latter. In this case, it is recommended to leave the entire niche white: on its background the white radiator will be almost invisible.


No. 3. Painting radiator

FROMpainting and decoupageIt is necessary to be extremely cautious, after all here very muchjust cross the linefrom simple masking of the battery to its protrusion. If the radiator with a pattern applied to it will contrast sharply against the wall, it will catch your eye, although initially a completely different task was posed. Such a battery, as if, suggests that it greatly hindered the owners, and they tried to hide it.

Designers recommend to cover the painting not only the radiator itself, but a part of the wall, against which it is located. The drawing can be made in any technique and color scheme. If there is a talent, then we pick up the paint and start creating: do not forget that the paint should be resistant to heat. If there are no special artistic talents, then you can take advantage ofready-made stencilsfor drawing, use the technique of decoupage or evenvinyl stickers. The main thing is that everything should look harmonious, and the battery turned out, indeed, disguised.

№4. Curtain screens (grilles) for radiators

Curtain shields are usually made of metal, have a mass of holes, so do not interfere with free air convection. Among othersadvantageseasy installation, providing access to the radiator at any time, a good range, besides the metal quickly heats up. The hinged screens differ not only in color, character and size of the holes, but also with some functional features: there are models designed for one-sided and two-sided piping.

It is better to choose lattices with rounded corners to reduce the risk of injury. OfminusesThis option is not very nice sound when you hit, but it can be experienced. Dust from such a grid will have to be wiped regularly. You can also advise to take the screen in the entire width of the window sill, and not in the width of the radiator: in this case it will be possiblereally disguise the radiator, and not to draw his location.

Metal hinged screen can be any color and style. You can find even a forged version or a screen of stainless steel with a shiny surface. If the first will look good in the classical style, then the latter will complement the interior in the style of high-tech. Forged screens, due to their openness, provide excellent air circulation, but through them a radiator is visible, so they are often duplicated by a metal perforated sheet.

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№5. Glass screen for radiator

One of the most modern options for masking the radiator is using a glass screen. They are made of strong tempered refractory glass with processed corners, so it will not be easy to injure or break the screen. Such a method of camouflage is not able to significantly disrupt the spread of heat flows through the room and fit into almost any style of interior and any room.

The glass screen is easy to install, mounted on special screw holders, which are necessarily equipped with elastic gaskets, protecting the glass surface. Care for a similar screen is minimal and consists of periodically cleaning it from dust of fingerprints, glass washing aids are used. The disadvantage is only in price.

To be able to hide a radiator with glass, it is necessary to pay attention to the methoddecoratingsurface. Of course, it is not necessary to leave the glass without a drawing: in this case, the outlines of the radiator hiding behind the screen will be clearly visible, and the screen itself will play the role of drawing attention to the battery. It is desirable at least to give a glass some shade.Among the ways to decorate the glassallocate:

  • photo printing. To put on the glass you can do absolutely any drawing, even your own photo, so you can perfectly fit the screen into the existing interior;
  • stained glass. You can use expensive stained glass techniques (fusing, Tiffany technique or faceted stained glass), or you can create on the glass pseudo-stained glass with the help of films or paints, which is much cheaper, and the effect will not be worse. Another option - sandblasted stained glass, perfect for modern interiors;
  • self-adornment. Usually, screening is trusted by companies specializing in this issue, but you can decorate the ordered matte screenown hands.This is a sticker of stained glass films, rhinestones, etc.

With glass screens the same rule applies as with hinged metal: it must harmoniously fit into the space below the window, so it is desirable to choose a glass width equal to the width window sill. If you select only part of the space under the window sill where the battery is located, the effect will be reversed.

№6. Wooden screen for radiator

To mask batteries, you can also use wooden screens, which are both adherent and flat, if the radiator is located in a niche. This option can be called the mostenvironmentally friendlyand one of the mostattractive appearanceSince from the wood that is compliant for processing it is possible to obtain screens with the most bizarre patterns. Outwardly, such a screen can have any kind, it can be purchased both ready-made and custom-made.

Wooden screens are best used inclassic interiorsTo successfully enter them into the room, they mustecho with other elements of the interior(furniture and doors), and, optimally, have similar elements. In any case, such an overlay on the radiators should cover the space from wall to wall or be a width from the sill. A wooden front screen can be used as a stand, a table or even a bench. Mainminus- is a feature of deforming and drying out under the influence of temperature changes and with significant fluctuations in humidity level.

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№7. MDF, chipboard and plastic screens

MDF panelsby many properties are not inferior to wood, and by some even surpass it, stand at the same time by 60-70% cheaper and are not so exposed to changes in humidity and temperature. Externally, such panels can be painted, veneered or laminated, so the variety of appearance is enormous. To choose is better such screen that it had something in common with other elements of the room.

DSP screensbecause they are not the most outstanding operational qualities. Externally, they are not bad, but for use in a residential apartment you need to choose a particle board with a level of formaldehyde emission E0 or E1.

Plastic screensamazing variety and low price. The main thing is to ensure the safety of the material, having studied the accompanying documentation. For the screens, plastic should be used, which tolerates the heating up to 60-800С. Such products are excellent for bathrooms, because they are hygienic and not demanding in the care.

№8. Creating a false wall with a niche for the radiator

If the radiator protrudes above the wall surface, then it can be quite difficult to disguise it by all the methods described above. In this case, the installation around the radiator of gypsum plasterboard is resorted to, the main goal is the creation of a peculiarniches for battery. As a result, it is possible to achieve an excellent effect, but from the part of the useful area of ​​the room will have to be abandoned.

With all the work can be handled independently: the frame of the metal profile is constructed the same as when leveling the walls with gypsum board, or erecting a partition. On the frame are mounted sheets of plasterboard, special attention is paid to the zone around the radiator. After all, it follows the puttying of the seams, the primer and the application of the finishing material on the walls. The very samethe radiator is sometimes closedplasterboard with a number of small holes for air circulation, but this is not the best option - where better to use a metal grill or, at the extreme, a plastic ventilation lattice.

№9. A few original ideas

If standard solutions for some reason do not suit you, you can use more original methods:

  • pull onpicture framecloth in the tone of the walls and use as a normal screen. The option, of course, is suitable for radiators located in a niche;
  • jalousie- A very unusual way to hide the radiator, but in some cases there is a place to be. Works on installation are minimal;
  • creaturefalsh-chimneyover the radiator. The frame of the fireplace can be made of plasterboard or plywood, the hole is covered with a metal grill. With proper finishing, the design will resemble the real fireplace as much as possible, and in the winter there will be a real heat from there.

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№10. What to do with the heating pipes?

To the radiator necessarily conduct pipes. As a rule, they do not have any problems, since they are not as conspicuous as a battery, and in most cases it will be enoughpaint them in the color of the walls. If you chose the method with installation of drywall, then there will be no problems with pipes - they will hide under the sheets of construction.

An alternative to painting pipes -decorating. They can be wrapped in jute or hemp rope, decorated with artificial leaves or flowers. Highly placed horizontal pipes are hidden under the curtains, and low - under the floor skirting.

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In conclusion

Before deciding how to hide the radiator,evaluate the reliability and longevity of the system. If it does not cause full confidence, then the best choice is hinged screens, which provide quick access to communications. Old cast iron radiators, which have been painted many times, as described by smudges, it is better to hide behind screens if you are not ready to take off old layers of paint and sand the surface.

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