Go back a couple of decades and radiator covers were everywhere – a room wasn’t complete without one. Then, like many trends, they faded from popularity and became a bit old fashioned. However, recently, the popularity of such covers has returned and more people are now opting to have them added to rooms around the house. So how do you design and build a radiator cover?
Radiator covers started out as a way to hide radiators and this is still a part of their function but other benefits have been recognised from this furniture style. For starters, it prevents children and animals putting hands and paws on hot radiators – while less dangerous than an open fire, they can still cause a bit of a burn and be unpleasant, even lead to another accident.
A well-designed radiator cover can also offer a little storage above it such as a shelve to hold ornaments or a vase. And the range of different styles that people have invented mean they can fit in with any room style.
You can also use the design to direct the heat where you want it. If you have the opening at the front of the cover, this is the direction most of the heat will travel. If you add side panels with mesh or gaps in the wood, heat will also mainly escape in that direction too. This helps you direct the heat in the room in the direction that serves best purpose.
A simple wood grill effect painted in the same colour as the wall, skirting boards or other wood in the room remains the easiest option for a radiator cover. You can also use mesh screens at the front for a simple DIY option and at the sides if you want to ensure that heat escapes sideways as well as from the front.
MDF is a great material to use for a radiator cover and can then be primed and painted as matches with the room. You can also buy kits that feature the elements needed to make a radiator cover that you can then assemble, as you want to match the size and location of your radiators.
You can also add a metal sheet behind the radiator to help enhance the heat it creates and stop wastage through the wall. This might look unattractive in the room without the cover but when it is hidden, you get all the benefits without making something odd looking for your living room. Put the metal sheet in place before you add the radiator cover and make sure that the wood hides it entirely.
Want to go the extra mile and add a touch of elegance to your radiators? Try a fabric cover, which is sure to impress.
Adding a radiator cover to the radiators in your house creates a smart and uniform look. It can add space for shelving to make the area into a feature and can even enhance the effectively of the radiator by back it with a metallic sheet that is then hidden by the cover. You can make your own to perfectly match the room or buy ready-made ones in a range of styles.
Declan Small is the Marketing Manager at Plumbmaster, expert plumbing merchants with branches throughout the UK.