How to hide plumbing pipes

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How to hide plumbing pipes
Cover unsightly plumbing pipes to give your room a neater look. (ClausAlwinVogel/iStock/Getty Images)

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.

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Things you 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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    Cover wall pipes

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.
  • 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.

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