How to hide the heating pipes: disassemble the types of boxes and decorative linings
It is difficult to imagine a residential area without heating utilities that allow you to maintain a comfortable air temperature. At the same time, the appearance of these elements can hardly be called aesthetic, they often dissonate with the refined interior, out of the general style.
Knowing how to decorate the heating pipe with the help of boxes and decorative linings, you can easily give the room a harmonious, cozy look.
Different types of pipe masking
There are various ways of hiding elements, allowing apartment dwellers to show creativity and imagination. The most popular are:
- creation of closed heating systems;
- masking of heating elements with furniture;
- the device of boxes in which it is possible to hide communications;
- decorating pipes with linings and other design elements.
To create a closed system, all the pipes that pass through the apartment are removed into the ditch channels specially made in the walls, after which the contours are covered with plaster.
This method requires perfect quality of communication elements: even minor defects over time can cause difficult to repair leaks and breakthroughs. Plastic pipes are particularly dangerous in this respect. Fittings are used to connect them, but leaks are also possible in steel products if welding technology is not followed.
When masking communication networks are covered with household appliances and furniture, located behind the cabinet, under the sink or sink. This solution is easy to implement in the kitchen, but in living rooms, especially those designed in the spirit of minimalism, it is often difficult.
The most popular methods of hiding pipes are boxes made of different materials, as well as the use of decorative elements, such as rings, ropes or ropes, stained glass windows.
The nuances of decorating heating elements, we consider below.
Features of factory products and home-made
All designs designed to conceal heating systems can be divided into two broad categories: ready-made devices and specially made boxes
Option # 1: factory ready devices
Such devices are purchased in specialized stores, where a wide range of products in different colors, sizes and designs. In form, such constructions can be angular, rounded or rectangular.
The first option is especially convenient in the corners of the room for masking the risers, as well as if the heating system is located close to the ceiling or floor. Other modifications are perfect for pipes that are laid around the perimeter of the walls and stand-alone riser.
There are various options for such products. The most common are plastic boxes, which are easily installed around the pipes on the metal profile frame. When choosing such options, it is desirable to pay special attention to the quality of the material, since low-grade polymers may become yellowed, bulge and lose their appearance due to heat.
The boxes made of plain or perforated metal look very impressive. If a practical goal is pursued, it is better to give preference to the second option, since, thanks to the holes, the metal elements provide better heat transfer.
Another option is the budget design of MDF, which have an attractive appearance and good performance. The disadvantages include a small model range, which is dominated by the "deaf" device without holes, which reduces heat transfer.
Option # 2: self-made designs
Despite the considerable choice of ready boxes, the designs made by own hands are very popular. They not only save money, but also allow you to ideally solve the question of how ideally to hide the heating pipes in the interior, taking into account the exact size and style of the room.
The most popular materials include:
- Brickwork. Spectacular, but rather complicated way to disguise, for which you have to make a lot of work. In addition, such a box can hardly be disassembled if necessary.
- Drywall Today the most common material.
- Plastic lining, mounted on a frame of metal or wood.
- A box of natural wood. Eco-friendly designs that adorn any interior; usually made to order.
The choice of material for manufacturing depends on the design of the room, as well as on personal preferences and financial capabilities.
A box of drywall do it yourself
The easiest way to hide the heating system in structures made of plasterboard. This material attracts with a combination of ease of processing, excellent performance properties, relatively low cost. Another important advantage is the compatibility of drywall boxes with various finishing methods, which allows you to perfectly fit the design in any interior.
The following materials and tools will be required to make a drywall box:
- scissors (cutter, hacksaw) and plasterboard planer;
- sheets of drywall (for the bathroom and the kitchen is better to take moisture-proof, for the rest of the premises - standard);
- wooden bars (metal profile);
- dowels, screws for fastening the structure;
- building materials for putty, primer, finishing;
To improve the appearance of the design will also help decorative accessories, with which you can disguise the joints of the box with the walls / floor (sockets, plates, rings, caps).
How to install
The work is carried out in several stages.
Step 1: preparation for work
First of all, it is necessary to determine the size of the structure, for which accurate measurements of heating pipes are carried out. When calculating the parameters of the fabricated device, it is important to add a few centimeters to the depth and width indicators for a free fit: the heating pipes should not touch the walls and components of the frame.
In accordance with certain dimensions, the cutting of wooden slats or metal profiles under the frame, as well as the cutting of sheets of gypsum plasterboard (with a minimum number of seams).
Step 2: Build the Structure
The starting profile, which will serve as the basis for the assembly of the frame, is fixed on the floor. Other parts of the structure are attached to it, creating a crate.
The edges of the cut plasterboard parts are machined with a special plane for this material, after which they are applied to the frame basis and fixed with screws. To protect the edges of the plates from damage, the corners of the device can be glued with special linings, which are made of perforated metal.
Step 3: Shut Down
In conclusion, finishing work is carried out. The joints between the plates of the structure, as well as the entry point, are plastered with putty. After that, the surface of the box is primed, and then finishing is carried out (painting, wallpapering, coating of decorative plaster). The final touch for a neat look is the installation of baseboards at the junction of the boxes with the wall and / or floor.
The design of plastic panels
In places where a large number of people stay (for example,in public buildings), as well as in corridors and baths, constructions made of durable plastic panels, where the heating systems are hidden, look appropriate. Installation of such devices is desirable to carry out in parallel with the covering of the room, since in this case it is possible to predict the rational consumption of finishing material.
Installation of boxes is carried out in stages.
Step 1: Frame anchoring
First of all, a crate made of wooden bars with a cross section of approximately 40x40 millimeters is attached to the ceiling and walls.
Fasteners of these elements to the walls and ceiling are made with the help of dowels, equipped with a polymer sleeve. After attaching the bars they are aligned in the horizontal and vertical directions.
In the places (on the floor and walls), where the heating utilities are located, additional support bars are installed, to which the frame posts, located along and across, will be fixed.
Step 2: Panel Paneling
By installing the frame, you can go to the coating panels, which is done as follows. The panels, cut to the height of the box, are mounted on the side plane, so that they are in a vertical position. It is possible to fix polymer parts with the help of small nails, special adhesive mixtures, and a construction stapler.
The last stage is the installation of special elements at the corners designed to conceal the cut edges, thanks to which the plastic boxes for heating pipes take on a neat appearance.
The use of natural wood
Structures made of natural material look great in any interior, but it must be taken into account that wood does not conduct heat energy well. To improve heating, it is recommended to use open-top devices or grates with large cells.
It is also important to note that high temperatures adversely affect wood materials.Under their influence, the wooden box can gradually crack and deform, and the paint to swell. To avoid this, it is necessary to ensure that the device does not adjoin the elements of the heating system: the wooden slats must move away from them by a distance of 3-4 cm.
Decorative linings for heating pipes
The most problematic area when laying communications is the area near the entrance and exit of the heating pipe: in this place it is extremely difficult to make a neat cut and evenly lay the floor covering.
Advantages of decorative elements
It is possible to avoid an unaesthetic look, having issued the place of a joint with the decorative slips, specially intended for pipes of heating.
Such details not only give the room a neat look and decorate the interior, and their wide range allows you to find a model that matches the style of the room - from classic to art nouveau and avant-garde.
In addition, the lining is extremely practical.When carrying out general cleaning, redecorating or changing the coating, the parts can be removed, and after completion of works, wash and install again.
Decorative products can be made of different types of materials. The most common elements for the manufacture of which are used:
- various types of wood.
Depending on the design, decorative items may have a grooved, smooth, polished surface; be monotonous, with drawings or imitations of various materials (stone, nacre, cork).
The most expensive are the lining of wood. To replace them, you can use parts from MDF that mimic the wood structure, but you have to keep in mind that the life of the latter is much lower (5 years versus 10 for natural wood).
When choosing decorative linings for heating pipes, it is necessary to carefully select their size, which should correspond to the diameter of the pipes, and also pay attention to the matching color and texture of the room design.
Tips for installing decor
Elements in the form of rings (they are also called sockets) have a collapsible design. As a rule, they consist of two parts, connected by internal locks. The design is disconnected, put on the girth, after which the gap closes and the element snaps into locked position.
Installation of such products takes a minimum of time (no more than one minute) and is not difficult. It can even be carried out by beginners who have never been engaged in repair work. If necessary, the element can be easily removed by opening the lock.
In addition to rings, other types of masking joints can also be used, for example, decorative jute rope trim or details made of special heat-resistant fabrics. Such design options have an original appearance, as well as are characterized by good thermal insulation properties, which helps to reduce heat loss.
How to decorate old pipes
Long-laid metal pipes are not recommended to be bricked into the walls or placed in a box because of the high risk of possible leaks.In this case, you can turn on the fantasy to creatively decorate such designs.
The simplest way is to paint the elements to match the color of the surrounding walls, which allows the structure to merge with the background and not to be obvious. To do this, choose a non-toxic, heat-resistant paint that is resistant to mechanical stress. Acrylic and alkyd enamels, as well as water-dispersion coatings are well suited.
Pipes can be decorated with ropes or ropes or beautifully made artificial branches and / or flowers can be added to revitalize (it is important that they can withstand high temperatures). It is necessary to take into account, however, that such a finish reduces the heat transfer system.
It is also possible to decorate the pipes with the help of bamboo which is split along the bamboo, which is attached to the pipe and decorated with additional elements depending on the imagination of the owners.
Horizontally laid pipes under the ceiling can be disguised by hanging curtains slightly above normal.
Conclusions and useful video on the topic
The videos below demonstrate the manufacturing process of the most commonly used boxes for masking heating systems: plastic and drywall.
Instructions on masking pipes behind plastic panels:
Waterproof duct plasterboard compact box:
Modern materials and building elements allow you to hide the heating pipes. It is important to choose the most effective way to disguise, which will not only remove engineering communications from the eyes, but also decorate the apartment. Having invested taste, imagination, creativity, you can choose a unique finish for decorating pipes, even without special skills in carrying out repair and construction works.