3 DIY Ways To Hide Your Ugly Water Heater

Posted on: July 13, 2015 | by: HVAC.com July 26, 2017

Let’s face it — water heaters certainly aren’t the most attractive appliances in your home. Lucky for some, this equipment is housed in utility closets or other areas where they are out of sight, out of mind. For the rest of us, water heaters are inconveniently installed right in our bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, and other areas that are exposed.


Seeing that ugly metal tank can really detract from the look of your space, but there are many ways you can cover up the eyesore and beautiful the area. When disguising your water heater, it is important not to place materials too close to the water heater, which will restrict air flow and even create a fire hazard; leave a clearance of 8 inches or more between your water heater and your new enclosure. Below are some DIY ideas to help you hide that unsightly water heater, wherever it may be!


  1. Quick, Curtain Cover


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Using a shower curtain or cloth curtains and shower curtain rods, you can easily hide your water heater behind a curtain of your choosing! You’ll need shower curtain rods that can be mounted from the ceiling, a shower curtain, a curved connecting pipe, and a shower curtain. Look for an extra-long curtain for floor-to-ceiling coverage, or install your shower curtain rod at a level which works best with what you’ve selected.


  1. Faux Cabinet Enclosure

open kitchen after remodel with fake cabinet doors to hide storage area for water heater


  • For Use With A Tanked Water Heater: If you have cabinetry installed around your water heater, you can create a faux cabinet to house your water heater that ties into the room brilliantly. Frame a closet around your water heater, allowing enough room for access when needed. Using cabinet doors and matching hardware, create a panel that will serve as the door to the closet you’ve created.
  • For Use With A Tankless Water Heater: Tankless water heaters certainly don’t have as large of a footprint as a storage tank model, but they still aren’t the prettiest looking equipment in your house. Tankless water heaters are wall mounted, so to conceal one, simply create a cabinet around it! You may even be able to find a prefabricated cabinet that fits the dimensions you need. Otherwise, select the style of cabinet door and hardware you’d like and frame an enclosure around the unit. You can even paint the cabinet to match your décor!



  1. Room Divider

Diy -- to hide the ugly hot water heater in my laundry room


A decorative room divider or screen can quickly and easily conceal an ugly water heater. Before shopping, measure the height of your water heater, including the piping which extends from the top of the unit, so you can purchase a divider that is tall enough to completely conceal it.


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