When it comes to decorating our homes, it’s often that case that we have a love-hate relationship with our radiators. They keep us warm and cosy throughout the long winter months, but gather dust and can be eyesores and space hoarders throughout the rest of the year. In an ideal world, we would all have invisible heating under our feet, but we’re not all blessed with that kind of budget – am I right?

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For those who have had enough of their ugly rad roomies, here are a few ways to hide or incorporate your loathsome necessity during your next home makeover.

Cover up with a console

Slim console tables are elegant and useful, not only for creating a simple and stylish place to dump your keys or to display photos, but they are also pretty handy at hiding your traditional radiators in the hallway. If you can’t find one which is the right size and width in the shops, why not get one custom made? Or better still, how about making one yourself? This way, you will be able to create something which fits perfectly with your home’s dimensions.

Make it a feature

Sometimes, the best way to hide an eyesore is to turn into a part of your home which stands out. If you have painted your woodwork a bright or contrasting colour, try doing the same to your radiator. Or, if you’re feeling daring, opt for a colour which clashes completely – this will make it a talking point for anyone who visits your home! Remember to choose paint which is suitable for radiators first.

Box it off

Boxing off radiators has been a classic way of hiding these ugly house additions for years, and has the added benefit of creating more shelving space as well as a focal point of interest. You can buy or make these lovely little house additions to have any style or design on them you wish.

Camouflage it

By painting your radiator the same colour as the wall it is on, you might just get away with it being hardly noticeable! By letting it fit in with the rest of the wall, you will ensure that eyes are not drawn to it, and therefore camouflaging its appearance.

Work it into a shelving unit or bench

If you want to make the most of your wall space by creating bespoke shelving or fitted seating area, it is likely that you will need to work around features which are already there. Incorporate your radiators into you scheme by working them into your design, be it within your library-like bookshelves or a cosy window bench, perfect for reading in.

Hide it completely

For a much sleeker look than a radiator box, why not completely cover your rad in a long run of built-in cupboards? You will need to get the advice from someone who knows about health and safety regulations, so you ensure that you don’t set fire to anything but while still allowing the heat to warm your room, but if a seamless look is what you’re after, there’s no question about what you need to do!

Sarah x