Hide That Unsightly Hot Water Heater

A hot water heater is an ugly necessity. Nobody wants to go without hot water, but it's not likely that you enjoy having that ugly unit plopped in your laundry room or basement. Your hot water heater has to be easily accessible at all times, but it doesn't have to be out in the open for all to see. Here, you will get a few ideas about how to conceal the hot water heater while maintaining the accessibility.

Fire Codes

Before you make any plans to hide your hot water heater, take a minute to check the local fire codes and with your homeowners insurance company to learn how much space should be left between the hot water heater and the enclosure.

Failure to leave enough space could result in a fire and a denial of your insurance claim if something should go wrong.

Hang a Curtain

Hanging curtain panels from the ceiling is a quick, easy and affordable option. Purchase ceiling curtain mounts and install the hardware. Find curtains that are long enough to reach from ceiling to floor. If the area is limited, stick with lighter colors for the curtains. Using dark colors will make the room feel much smaller and cramped than it already is. The dark colors will also show the dust much more quickly and cause more work for you in the long run.

Bi-Fold Louvered Doors

Bi-fold louvered doors can be picked up for very little at your local flea markets, yard sales or by keeping an eye on the classified ads. A little paint can renew the appearance of a door that is less than perfect but fits nicely into your budget. Just be sure to opt for louvered doors to allow for adequate air circulation around the water heater.

Once you have the doors, purchase a couple hook and loop fixtures to attach two sides of the door to the walls on either side of the water heater to prevent it from falling over. Once installed, you will be able to use the louvered doors to hang your delicate items as they dry, or you can create a wall of socks that have lost their mates until the mates are found.

Your hot water heater doesn't have to be so intrusive. A little bit of creativity, some affordable materials and a bit of time will help you remove the hot water heater from the space without actually moving it to another area of your home.