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How to hide plumbing pipes

Though plumbing pipes serve a vital purpose in the home, decorative appeal isn't among their virtues. They can detract from a room's design and neatness and can catch dust and become eyesores. Whether you have floor-to-ceiling plumbing pipes or exposed pipes next to or behind a fixture such as a sink or toilet, you can hide them with inexpensive decorative strategies that make the area more attractive and convenient to clean.

Cover wall pipes

Put a safety pin through the end of the elastic and close the safety pin. Guide the elastic though the curtain-rod channel with the safety pin. Pull the elastic through and remove the pin. Cut the elastic, leaving an extra 15 cm (6 inches) for tying.

Tie the elastic in a bow around the top of the pipes. A bow is easy to untie when you take the curtain down for cleaning.

Fold the end of the curtain under and tuck the hem behind each side of the pipe so that the bottom of the curtain drops down in a soft fold. Secure the curtain hem with pins if there isn't room to push it behind the pipe.

Hide fixture pipes

Wash the pipes thoroughly with a wet sponge and allow them to dry for at least one hour.

Wrap plastic ribbon in a spiral around the exposed pipes. Work from the top to the bottom, overlapping the ribbon at least 1.25 cm (1/2 inch). Make a complete circle of the ribbon at the bottom of the pipe or pipes. Pull the ribbon firmly.

Cut the ribbon, leaving 2.5 cm (1 inch) free at the end of the pipe wrapping. Apply extra-strength glue to the ribbon below the free end. Press the free end of the ribbon down on the glue. Hold it in place for 20 seconds.

Wrap silk flowers, vines or other decorations around the pipe.

Tip

Use decorative coloured elastic with the curtain.

Use green plastic ribbon to make the pipes into an artificial vine or other plant.

Clean the plastic ribbon with a sponge or soft rag and mild soap. Avoid chemical and abrasive cleaners. Dust artificial flowers with quick flicks of a duster or use a blow dryer.

Warning

Don't use artificial flowers or fabrics on gas pipes or on any pipes near a pilot light or other flame, such as next to a water heater or furnace because they are flammable.

Things You'll Need

  • Curtain panels
  • Scissors
  • 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) wide elastic
  • Extra-strength glue
  • 5 cm (2 inch) wide plastic ribbon
  • Silk flowers or artificial berries and vines
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About the Author

Gryphon Adams began publishing in 1985. He contributed to the "San Francisco Chronicle" and "Dark Voices." Adams writes about a variety of topics, including teaching, floral design, landscaping and home furnishings. Adams is a certified health educator and a massage practitioner. He received his Master of Fine Arts at San Francisco State University.