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How can I disguise a large very ugly boiler?

(15 Posts)
iamwhaticallpregnant Wed 16-Jan-13 15:08:35

Hello there, PICTURE ATTACHED
Terribly boring I am sure - but does anyone have any ideas how I can disguise a truly hideous looking boiler on the wall of our new kitchen? I am less upset about the whole boiler - than with the vile pipes coming out of the bottom of it? No clue what to do to disguise it or make it look better.

Any ideas will be appreciated :-)

ISeeSmallPeople Wed 16-Jan-13 15:10:07

Boxing
Box in the pipes with access panel. Tile to match kitchen if desired.
Box in boiler. Get a matching kitchen door if possible. Leave bottom of cupboard open for access, & add air holes at the top if manufacturers specify. See installation instructions for size of box needed.

seeker Wed 16-Jan-13 15:11:55

My innernLes Dawson is struggling to get out- I am battling him back heroically.......

Boomeringue Wed 16-Jan-13 15:25:47

We covered ours with another kitchen unit.

duchesse Wed 16-Jan-13 15:31:52

I was going to come and say "foundation cream" but then I saw it said "boil^er^" rather than "boil".

Now I say- Box it with louvred doors and sides (you need to have enough air getting to it to burn properly or you risk CO problems).

bureni Wed 16-Jan-13 15:36:57

Make sure you are not boxing in any gas pipes or mains make up pipes which I can see in the pic, these pipes and valves must have access especially yellow gas drop valves.

susanann Wed 16-Jan-13 15:44:03

Ive come a cropper with this one! long story! I would go on checkatrade and find a qualified heating engineer, he will know what the regulations are re this kind of thing!

bureni Wed 16-Jan-13 15:46:34

You could make a one piece unit which covers the sides, front and top of the boiler extending right down to the worktop level, make sure vents are installed in the cover top and bottom and that it is easily removed completely for servicing but do not box any of the pipework or boiler in permanently. Also fit a CO2 detector close to the boiler if not already fitted.

iamwhaticallpregnant Wed 16-Jan-13 15:55:37

thanks all - i will look into these -
'boxing' sounds good but not sure what this entails / what material you mean? if i asked at homebase would they know?!

bureni Wed 16-Jan-13 15:58:25

You could try the people who installed your kitchen and get some material that matches your kitchen doors or perhaps get a matching door which is slightly larger than the worktop to top of the boiler height and use that for a front cover.

ouryve Wed 16-Jan-13 15:59:35

We're going to build a ventilated cupboard around ours. One day. When we get around to replacing the kitchen. We've saved up to do it, but it's a matter of when.

Les Dawson popped into my head when I saw this thread title, too blush

iamwhaticallpregnant Wed 16-Jan-13 16:00:32

thanks Bureni - the whole kitchen is really horrid but the boiler is vile. I wanted to make it all look pretty without spending much money as we have none at the moment.

iamwhaticallpregnant Wed 16-Jan-13 16:01:25

why did Les Dawson pop into your heads? Curious - love him!

grin seeker
I had the same thought...

QueenMaeve Wed 16-Jan-13 18:10:46

Could you buy one of those radiator cover sets? You would probably need some deeper pieces of MDf for the sides, but that fretwork type paneling would covet it and still keep it ventilated

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