Concealing your boiler by enclosing it
Elevate your home’s style while ensuring safety and functionality. Discover the latest trends in concealing boilers with our gas-safe solutions.
10 Ways to Hide a Boiler in Your Kitchen: Boiler Cupboards
Boilers are an essential part of many homes, but they can be unsightly and take up valuable space in the kitchen.
- Put a boiler in a kitchen cupboard.
Was a new boiler installed in the kitchen? This is the most common way to hide a boiler, and it’s a great option if you have a spare cupboard in your kitchen cabinet. Just make sure the door of the cupboard is big enough to fit the boiler and any pipes, and that it has good ventilation.
- Build a cupboard to hide a boiler – Boiler Cupboard
If you don’t have a spare cupboard, you can always build your own, with a cupboard door for easy access. This is a more involved project, but it can be a great way to customise the look of your kitchen and make sure the gas appliance is completely hidden. Create your boiler cupboard in your kitchen or utility room.
- Hide boiler pipes in your kitchen.
If you can’t hide the boiler itself, you can at least try to hide the pipes. You can do this by routing them through the walls or ceiling, or by using decorative covers.
This method is called chasing the pipework into a gap in the wall. For this work, you need to consult with a gas-safe registered engineer, whether it is possible or not, and to carry out the work.
- Use a cabinet with a false front.
This is a great option if you have a boiler that’s not too big. Just find a cabinet with a false front the same size as your boiler, and then install it in your kitchen.
- Hang a curtain or blind in front of the boiler.
This is a simple and easy way to hide a boiler, and it’s a great option if you don’t want to do any major renovations.
- Use a decorative screen.
A decorative screen is a great way to add some style to your kitchen while also hiding your boiler. You can find screens in a variety of styles to match your décor.
- Plant a plant in front of the boiler.
This is a creative way to hide a boiler that’s also good for the environment. Just make sure to choose a plant that’s not too tall or bushy, so it doesn’t block access to the boiler vents.
While opting for a room divider or potted plant offers a straightforward and budget-friendly approach to concealing your boiler, it’s crucial to consider their suitability for your specific situation. In confined spaces like a bathroom, a room divider might encroach on space, creating a cramped feel. Likewise, in busy areas, a potted plant might not be practical, risking potential knocks. Remember, whatever method you choose to hide the boiler, ensure it remains easily accessible for future maintenance needs.
- Paint the boiler to match your kitchen.
This is a great way to make the boiler blend in with your kitchen décor. Just make sure to use heat-resistant paint that’s safe for use around boilers.
- Get a boiler cover.
There are several boiler covers available on the market that can be used to hide your boiler. These covers are typically made of metal or wood, and they come in a variety of styles to match your décor.
- Move the boiler to a different room.
If you have the space, we can always move the boiler to a different room, such as the basement or garage. This is a great option if you want to completely hide the sight of the boiler and have more space in your kitchen.
Only a gas-safe registered engineer is competent to move your boiler.
Boiler Safety Requirements
No matter which method you choose, make sure to follow the safety requirements for installing or hiding a boiler. This includes ensuring that the boiler has adequate ventilation and that the pipes are properly insulated. It’s also important to keep the boiler clean and free of debris to prevent fires or other hazards.
Here are some additional safety tips for boilers:
Never leave a boiler unattended when it is in use.
Keep the area around the boiler clear of clutter.
Do not store flammable materials near the boiler.
If you smell gas, immediately evacuate the area and call the gas company.
Have your boiler inspected and serviced regularly by a qualified plumber.
By following these safety tips, you can help prevent fires and other hazards associated with boilers.
MML Plumbing can help you enclose your boiler safely and securely. We have years of experience in boiler installation, and we can ensure that your boiler is properly ventilated and accessible for maintenance. We offer a variety of enclosure options to fit your needs and budget, and we can even help you choose the perfect décor for your boiler enclosure. Contact us today for a free consultation!