Good Questions: Disguising a Living Room Furnace?

Good Questions: Disguising a Living Room Furnace?

Colleen Quinn
May 26, 2009

Apartment Therapy DC reader Wendy needs help assessing a possible home purchase:"I'm hoping you can help with a desperate aesthetic dilemma. I'm considering purchasing a small 1000 sq ft house with loads of potential, save one, the furnace is built into the living room wall!!

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There are lots of issues with this house I can deal with and camouflage, but I have no idea what, if anything, can be done to solve this problem. The house has no basement, so basically the furnace, hot water tank, etc are scattered around the first floor. Luckily, the HWT and some pipes are recessed into one wall and can be hidden with folding doors or a curtain, but the furnace juts out into the living room and is clad in that bad 70s faux wood. Not to mention the fact that I can't completed seal it off due to the air intake vents.

I believe it stands out about 12 inches and is located on a half wall. So there is probably another 18 inches of wall to the right of it. I've attached a picture (which of course doesn't show the actual awful wall opposite), to give you an idea of what I'm talking about. Any suggestions to hide this hideous, but necessary, piece of ugliness? "

Wow Wendy, that is quite a big element to try to camouflage. We're hoping some of our readers will have dealt with a similar problem, and offer constructive advice based on personal experience. Can anyone help Wendy made a decision about this living room?

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