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How to hide a pipe

Updated February 21, 2017

While pipes provide a vital purpose in a home, when exposed, they cause an unsightly flaw in the room. Even a small piece of metal or plastic piping can make a visual blemish. There are a number of techniques you can employ to hide the pipe when removing or rerouting the plumbing isn't an option. Base your technique on the size and area in which the pipe is found.

Hide a pipe that extends from the floor or wall by concealing the area with the use of a folding room divider. These dividers or screens come in a range of sizes and styles. Measure the height that the pipe extends to and purchase a screen that goes beyond.

Install a curtain wire or rod over an area of the wall that contains pipes. Place a decorative piece of fabric or curtain onto the wire or rod and hang it over the pipes. Pull the fabric away if someone needs to access the pipes.

Camouflage small pipes in a kitchen or bathroom by wrapping them with a decorative fake vine or a thick ribbon. This disguises the pipe, taking away from its industrial appearance.

Hide exposed sink pipes by installing a fabric sink skirt around its basin. These pre-made items come with adhesive that sticks around the sink. Remove the adhesive backing and press into place.

Install a layer of fabric on a ceiling that contains pipes. Measure the area that you wish to cover and add several inches to accommodate the pipes. Purchase a piece of fabric in the appropriate size and use a staple gun to attach the fabric to the ceiling surrounding the pipes.

Things You'll Need

  • Folding room divider
  • Curtain rod or wire
  • Curtain
  • Fake vines or ribbon
  • Fabric sink skirt
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About the Author

Sarah Schreiber has been writing since 2004, with professional experience in the nonprofit and educational sectors as well as small business. She now focuses on writing about travel, education and interior decorating and has been published on Trazzler and various other websites. Schreiber received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications.