Pipe cover. How to hide exposed pipes?

A perfect interior design is one that matches your individual taste and sense of style. Regardless of the arrangement, there is a common problem that might disrupt your whole concept - pipes and cables. Fitting tubes and lines to the style of a room might be a serious challenge. Read the article below to learn how to conceal the pipework in your room and what type of pipe cover you should use.

Table of contents

  1. How to design an interior with pipes?
  2. Pipe decor - ideas for exposed pipes
  3. Plastering over pipes
  4. Painting pipes
  5. Pipe cover for wallpaper
  6. How to cover ceiling pipes?
  7. Floor pipe boxing

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How to design an interior with pipes?

Plumbing pipes are integral parts of every properly functioning building. Despite their importance, those elements are not very aesthetic. How to conceal exposed pipes to make your interior perfect? There are two good solutions for it.

One of them is hiding the pipes in walls, in the floor or under skirting. It might, however, happen that those methods are impossible. In such case one can use plaster boards or furniture to conceal pipework. Concealing pipes is the most common solutions. There is also a good alternative to it, which becomes an increasingly popular among many homeowners. Leaving pipes exposed has become a rising trend. This type of design is most commonly used in industrial styles.

Industrial interior design is simple and minimalistic. The interiors should be crude, spacious and sparing. The most characteristic feature for this style are walls: unplastered, brick or concrete. They are perfect for exposed pipes.

Pipe decor - ideas for exposed pipes

If you have decided to leave the pipes exposed, you should remember that the installation should look bold and distinctive. This way everybody will know that the pipes are exposed intentionally. Thin, copper pipes can make an interesting structure for a wall. They can also be a hanger for clothes, kitchen utensils or towels. Large pipes can be painted in an interesting colour, matching other accessories.

You can also buy furniture made of pipes that will fit perfectly to the water or heating system pipes. Loft style interiors are ideal for “crude” radiators and electrical wires plugged into ceiling lamps.

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Plastering over pipes

This method is the simplest and quickest is you want to conceal exposed pipe system. It is very easy to make and doesn’t take too much space. It can be put over walls and it allows for a quick access to an installation in case of an emergency.

Hiding central heating pipes involves covering the pipework completely using a plasterboard. This method is good for hiding both vertical and horizontal pipes. Concealing gas pipes requires leaving openings in the board. You might also create a sort of hinged shelf, which would allow for a quick access to installation in case of a breakdown.

Plastering leaves a wide array of possibilities, which can make the room look really good. You might install a decorative lamp over it to expose details of the surroundings.

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Painting pipes

Painting pipes is a much cheaper and less involving method for hiding pipework. To make the pipe look less distinctive, just paint it in the same colour as walls. It is best to do it along with painting the walls, as matching the colour later might become a problem. Painting will make the pipes blend in.

Pipe cover for wallpaper

If the walls are covered with patterned and colourful wallpapers, you might decide to paint the pipes in colour that matches the wallpaper the most. Another good idea is covering the piping with the same wallpaper as the walls.

How to cover ceiling pipes?

If the pipes are located right under the ceiling, the best solution involves painting them in the colour that is dominating at this spot. If you decided to cover the installation, remember to attach the pipe cover thoroughly, so it doesn’t fall down. A ceiling pipe boxing should be made of lightweight and strong materials, such as plasterboard.

Pipe boxing by the floor

In case exposed pipes run along the floor, one can use special covers made of polypropylene. They match any interior design and they can be covered or painted over.

It is important that the cover is sturdy and durable, as this area is particularly prone to mechanical damage.

Concealing pipes certainly affects the aesthetics of the interior. Regardless of the method, it can make the room look elegant and stylish.

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