Good Questions: Hide My Heater?

Good Questions: Hide My Heater?

Grace Shu
Sep 26, 2008

Dear Resourceful AT Community,

So I've got this ugly-as-all-get-out heater in my living room. It's the only source of heat in my apartment, so I can't get rid of it. And I use it, so it must remain functional. And I rent, so I'm not inclined to invest in a nice new cover. Heat resistant spray paint comes in silver, black, beige and white. Do I embrace it and make it stand out (black or silver) or try to blend it in (white ... may look dirty fast)? Thoughts? Any other ideas out there? What kind of lipstick can I put on this pig?!?

Thanks much!

Hi Brenna,

Thanks for your question--we're always looking for ways to camouflage outdated heaters. One very simple solution is to install a floating shelf (or wall brackets with a shelf) to cover the top of the heater. Some people even attach skirts to the the shelf to hide the heater completely, giving it an illusion of a table. We'd opt to paint it white and install a white shelf above it to hold books, artwork, etc. That way, your eye will be drawn more towards what's around it, rather than the heater itself.

Anyone else have suggestions for Brenna?

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