How to properly hide the radiator:
Rules and Tips
How to mask the battery
- Purchased grilles and panels
Photos of screens, grilles, panels, covers
Beautifully masking this part of the room is easy — most of the structures can be installed independently. The main difficulty lies in their choice. First of all, in the question of how and with what to close the battery, one must be guided by practical considerations. We will tell you what is important to consider when choosing a screen for a heater.
One of the requirements is the availability of the radiator. It may leak, it will have to be replaced or repaired. Therefore, it is better to choose designs that are easily removed. It is desirable that they do not have a fixed mount. Suitable pads with a hinged door, a sliding mechanism. At a minimum, valves, pipe connections, thermal head and threaded connections must remain accessible in the event of a breakdown.
The second important point is related to the amount of heat entering the house. Any box reduces it. Especially if it is deaf, completely closed on top or has a dense weave. It is better to choose something more open and not to place the heater too deep. To reduce heat loss, you can put a solid screen on the legs, and cut a groove in the middle.
Another way to compensate for heat loss is to install a heat-reflecting screen behind the battery. For example, polyethylene foam.
Some more tips
- Before closing the radiator, prepare it: wash, blow.
- The distance between the masking structure and the heater should be 35–50 mm.
- The minimum gap between it and the window sill, as well as the floor is 60–70 mm.
Consider these recommendations when choosing a decorative overlay. After its installation, the temperature in the room should not drop by more than 1–1.5 ° C.
How to close the heating battery with your own hands or finished products
First, let’s talk about the most common designs.
Grilles, panels, trims of various materials
They can be attached, mounted, homemade or purchased. Most often, several types of elements are installed:
- Metal. Moisture-resistant, heat-resistant products that practically do not interfere with heat transfer. Minus — many models look office, and this will not add comfort to your home. But you can always find an unusual option or order an individual design.
- Plastic. They have the same advantages as metal ones. They are easy to install on your own — it takes a few minutes. Minus — over time, the material may darken.
- Wooden. Natural wood looks good even in a simple design, it is environmentally friendly. The disadvantage is that the material is quite capricious. There is a risk that the product will dry out or, on the contrary, swell from moisture.
- MDF, HDF (Fibreboard). They are heat-resistant, easy to install, fit into any room except the bathroom. Unfortunately, such gratings do not tolerate prolonged contact with water. Therefore, if an accident occurs, the consequences must be removed very quickly.
There are also glass screens for radiators. They look very nice in a modern interior, add airiness to it, they are easy to wash. On sale there are laconic models, and decorated with a pattern. This is a great solution from a decorative point of view, but controversial from a practical point of view. Such a panel is difficult to remove, not easy to install, and most importantly, it eats up 40–50% of heat. A good option for apartments that are too hot.
Another material from which screens are made is artificial rattan. This is a mesh woven from cellulose fibers with the addition of a nylon thread. It can be painted, it is durable, beautiful. The disadvantage is that it is not suitable for rooms with high humidity and is more expensive.
Plumbers do not recommend sewing a radiator into such a box. Especially if it is old and there is a possibility of leakage. To access the device, you must provide a door or be ready to disassemble the product. True, there are four advantages:
- Moisture resistance, if you buy a material with such a characteristic.
- No harmful fumes.
- Low prices.
- The possibility of expanding the window sill, creating a niche in the false wall and painting.
But also disadvantages.
- Fragility. GKL can hardly be called impact-resistant — in case of damage, you will have to change the entire skin.
- Bulky. The box eats up the space under the windowsill.
- Installation duration. It will take at least two or three hours.
If you still decide to use this material, here is an instruction on how to close the battery in the room with it.
The preparatory phase consists of cleaning and purging the heater, as well as collecting tools. List of what you need for work:
- GKL sheets 12 mm thick.
- Roulette, ruler, level, corner.
- Liquid nails, screws, dowels.
- Metal profiles in 2 sizes: 27*28 and 60*27.
- Screwdriver, perforator, screwdriver.
- Construction mesh with self-adhesive surface.
You can mask the entire wall or just a part under the windowsill. The box is installed in the floor or leaving a gap above and below it. When marking, it must be taken into account that the edges of the structure should protrude at least 10 cm beyond the battery.
- Make a mark on the wall.
- Attach a profile to the lines, make marks for the holes in increments of 15–25 cm.
- Drill holes and attach profile 27*28 and then jumpers 60*27.
- Make a markup on drywall, cut it with a clerical knife, attach it to the frame with screws.
- The seams between the sheets are filled with putty with a mesh. The sheets themselves are also puttied and painted.
- To reduce heat loss, craftsmen recommend drilling as many holes in the surface as possible.
Another, visual instruction for covering the GKL on the video.
One of the easiest ways to design a radiator. Suitable for cast iron and steel panel structures. Modern aluminum models will be difficult to paint. You will have to apply many layers, and the result will be unattractive. You can make them monophonic by choosing a shade for the interior, contrast or create a beautiful pattern. In this case, stencils from art stores, decoupage technique will help.
Water-dispersion, acrylic and alkyd paints are suitable for work. All of them are resistant to high temperatures. Acrylics dry faster, almost do not emit an unpleasant odor. Alkyd, on the contrary, are distinguished by caustic fumes. Water-dispersion compositions are deprived of this drawback, but they are less durable, wear out quickly, and scratches appear on them.
There are hammer paints for metal. They create a heterogeneous texture with a chasing effect. This is a good option if you need to hide various defects of the old surface: chips, cracks.
You need to start painting from the preparatory stage:
- Clean the surface of dirt. The dust that has settled inside is washed off with a brush with a spray bottle.
- Remove previously applied paint. This is done with a washing solution, a drill with a brush attachment or a building hair dryer — it melts the layer and can be removed with a spatula.
- Buy two small brushes: straight and curved for the inside of the heater or a foam roller for a panel radiator.
- Shut off the flow of boiling water, wait for cooling.
In addition to the listed tools, you will need gloves, goggles, a respirator or gauze bandage, newspaper or oilcloth to protect surrounding surfaces.
It is even easier to decorate the battery with small curtains hung with Velcro or a fishing line under the windowsill, or window curtains to the floor. The first option looks especially good in Provence and Shabby chic interiors. In the children’s room, home-made covers with a bright print or appliqué are appropriate. Here are the benefits of such a screen:
- It is inexpensive.
- Almost does not reduce heat transfer.
- It can be changed frequently depending on mood or new renovation.
- There is quick access to heating in case of an emergency.
The last plus is that lightweight fabric does not look as bulky as drywall, metal, wood, MDF. The only negative is that this design is not suitable for apartments in a minimalist, high-tech or classic style.
The radiator can be hidden in furniture. The easiest way is to rearrange and cover it with a sofa or table. At the same time, the distance between objects should be at least 10 cm. In the kitchen, heating is often masked by a countertop window sill. It is expanded, and a cabinet with doors is made below. In addition, the device can be built into a bar counter, a folding table (the option is inconvenient because it blocks heat), a rack, a headset, a bench, a console. The main condition is to ensure air circulation. To do this, holes must be made on the facade.
A method for apartments in which a heating system is still being installed. The radiator in this case is inside the wall. This complicates the repair, eats up space if a GKL is used to build a niche, but the room will not become colder.
The option is suitable for the bathroom. Shelves are screwed on top and bottom of the heater, and a grid is fixed on them, on which you can hang any objects.
A low decorative, carved or ordinary partition will also hide a bulky object. You can pin photos, drawings, useful notes on it.
How else can you close the batteries: photos of simple and unusual screens
In addition to the listed structures, a clothes dryer, decorative fireplaces, forged grates, and brickwork are used to mask the radiator. Look at the photo selection of interesting decorative solutions.