Creative ways to cover water heaters

Old water heaters are eyesores...
Old water heaters are eyesores... | Source

Water heaters have come a long way, however many older ones can still be an eyesore depending on where they are located. While most home builders locate water heaters in discreet areas like the garage, or a utility room, others may find them in laundry rooms or a space that is visible to all. In these cases you may wish to find an attractive way to hide your water heater. Fret not, there are lots of ideas and solutions for this problem. Let's take a look at a few ideas:

Shoji screens- Shoji screens come in a wide variety of styles from the very plain utilitarian look to the lovely silk screened versions with printed designs. They come assembled and in 2, 3 or 4 panels that are all connected to form a screen of varying sizes to fit your needs.

Drapes- Drapes can be a quick and inexpensive solution to covering a water heater as well. Look for simple to install tension rods and drapes with tabs or grommets. Within a matter of a few minutes you can have an attractive cover for your unsightly water heater. Curtain ring clips can also be purchased and used on flat sheets and also put on tension rods to cover the area. Using flat sheets is a great way to save additional money.

DIY- If you are handy, you can also make your own screen or cover by simply purchasing louvered shutters and attaching them with piano hinges. Louvered shutters come in a wide range of colors, some are vinyl, others are wood. Louvered is ideal because it will allow for air circulation.


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