How to hide ceiling pipes

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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