Water softeners are essential appliances but not very pretty to look at. Fortunately they are easy to hide! Photo credit: bfishadow via Source / CC BY
Water heaters, air conditioners, electrical boxes, and residential water softeners are things we need, but they sure aren’t pretty look at. Fortunately, there are several clever ways to hide those unsightly things from view.
Building a beautiful wooden cabinet around an appliance like a water heater or water softener is a great way to disguise it while still making it accessible for repairs.
A screen is a simple, low-cost option for hiding appliances. There are scads of attractive screens to choose from; I bet you could find really neat ones at antique shops or salvage stores. The biggest advantage of a screen is that unlike a cabinet, you can fold it up and take it with you when it’s time to move to a new place.
Another low-cost option is to install a track above the ugly appliance and put up a curtain that you can pull around it. Because curtains come in a wide range of prints, you’re sure to be able to find something that fits with your decor.
For outdoor air conditioners that jut out from the side of your house, consider building a low fence around them. This will disguise the unit while still making it easy to access when the repairman comes.
In place of a fence, build a shed around outdoor appliances. This will give you space for additional storage and keep your spades and pruning shears from getting rusty in the rain.
They’re not just for radiators anymore! I’ve seen people build peg board water heater covers that also provide storage for household tools.
Want to be really fancy? Build a built-in shelf that will serve as a secret door that will seamlessly hide your water heater while providing a place to put your first editions.
You never have to choose between style and function! The right solution will keep your space pretty.