If you do have the budget, changing your radiators to ones that are a bit more statement-y will turn them into a feature rather than a functional eye-sore. Of course, unless you know what you’re doing you’ll want to hire a pro to install the radiator for you.
You can search for quotes in your area via this central heating comparison website.
There are so many options available now that you can find radiators which really reflect your personal interior style.
The two images below and the featured image are all from The Radiator Company which also has a really handy heat output calculator.
This guide ensures you have the right sized radiator for a certain room.
And yes… the wall mirror below is in fact, a radiator…
If replacing radiators isn’t a realistic option for you, you may want to consider covering them up.
Radiator covers can come in various sizes and styles and can also double-up as a handy shelf! Affordable radiator covers are generally white-coated MDF but you can get ones which haven’t been coated to allow you to paint them any colour you want.
I bought a radiator cover from Argos 6 years ago and it’s still going strong! You can spot it in this (very old) blog post.
Another benefit of radiator covers is that they offer additional protection for little ones.
An even more affordable option is to just paint your radiators to match your walls – or another contrasting colour.
Eggshell is my preffered paint type for radiators and gives a really fab finish. You can also use gloss or satin, but I prefer the more subtle matt finish of eggshell.
A radiator under a window could be turned into a cosy (and bum-warming) nook. Of course, your radiator would need to be fairly low to achieve suitable seating height.
Bay windows scream out for this type of seating area and as long as there’s adequate ventilation for heat to escape, it won’t affect the warmth of your home.
The only other thing to be aware of is if you want a seating area in a child’s room.
You’ll need to make sure your window is secure so that they can’t lean out.
Hide an ugly radiator with a table or sideboard to effectively disguise it. Painting the sideboard the same colour as the walls is a great way to blend it in and camouflage it.
I love this stylish breakfast table over this kitchen radiator too – keeping your toes toasty as you sip a coffee!
One thing to consider with placing a console table over your radiator, is that they often have a horizontal bar across the bottom to keep it rigid.
You just need to make sure that the bar is across the bottom so it doesn’t get in the way of the radiator.
I was introduced to Radwraps several years ago and they’re a fantastic way to hide an ugly radiator.
They’re a great solution for rented homes as Radwraps are easily removable and leave no marks.
You can choose from a range of existing designs or get a colour/wallpaper match to blend the radiator into the wall.
Magnetic radiator covers are also a great way to add some temporary wall art in a child’s bedroom.
I hope this post has given you some ideas on how you can hide your ugly radiators! If you’re finding it difficult to find standard radiator covers to fit – I’d recommend heading to Ebay. There are a few businesses on there that make custom-fit radiator covers at good prices.