How to hide ceiling pipes

Written by sarah schreiber
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How to hide ceiling pipes
Ceiling pipes can be an eyesore. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Looking up to the ceiling only to have your gaze met with unsightly pipes can make a room quickly lose some of its appeal. Ceiling pipes are often found in basement areas, providing plumbing to the rest of a home or building. Fortunately, there are a few solutions for hiding the ceiling pipes from view. Base the solution on your specific budget as well as the size of the pipes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Faux exposed beam
  • Fabric, ribbon or faux vines
  • Staple gun
  • Paint
  • 2 by 2 lumber
  • Drywall
  • Saw

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  1. 1

    Cover the ceiling pipes with a faux exposed beam, adding touch of elegance to a room. Exposed faux beams are similar in appearance to a standard wood beam, but are U-shaped and hollow, allowing them to fit over pipes.

  2. 2

    Wrap the ceiling pipes in pieces of fabric, thick ribbon or faux vines for a low-cost method of concealing the objects. Place a bow on any valve heads that go along with the pipes.

  3. 3

    Create a fabric cover that conceals the whole ceiling or cut a piece of material large enough to cover the area immediately around the pipes. Use a staple gun to attach the fabric to the ceiling.

  4. 4

    Apply a layer of paint to the pipes and the ceiling in a matching colour to camouflage the pipes, making them less distracting. Use paint that is heat tolerant if the pipes transport hot water.

  5. 5

    Build a soffit, which is an extension of the ceiling, to cover the pipes. Create a frame with 2 by 2 lumber that extends from the ceiling. Cut pieces of drywall large enough to cover the frame and install on the frame. Paint the finished soffit to match the ceiling.

Tips and warnings

  • If the task of covering the ceiling pipes is too big, try to embrace the look by creating a modern loft feel in the room. Use bright colours and contemporary furnishings. You can even paint the pipes a bright colour to make the ceiling into a work of art.

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