Exposed pipework, even in your laundry room, can be unsightly and ruin the overall look of your laundry room. However, they don't have to. We've researched many ways to hide the pipes in your laundry room to make the room more appealing. In this post, we will share these ideas with you.
Here is a multitude of ways that you can hide pipes in your laundry room:
- Go industrial
- Cover them with design tape
- Add wood pipe wrapping
- Add a bit of foliage
- Cover them with bins
- Build a false wall
- Replace them with better looking pipes
- Add wraparound lights
- Box them in
- Build a shelf
- Wrap them in rope
Plumbing fixtures, especially exposed pipework, can seem out of place and even ruin your laundry room's overall look. However, there are several ways that pipework can be hidden from view completely or decorated to make them more visually appealing. Continue reading to learn about the number of ways that you can hide exposed pipework in your laundry room.
11 Ways To Hide Pipes In Laundry Rooms
Who says that you have to ''hide" your laundry room pipes at all? If you have copper or metal pipes, you can go for a classic, retro look to make your lines room stand out more.
You can combine this look with earth tones, a few trinkets, and a small decorative area rug for a laundry room that's in-style. You may want to also place a rug pad beneath the rug to prevent it from sliding, particularly if your laundry room has a tile floor.
Cover them with design tape
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You'll be surprised by how much a little washi tape can make a difference when it comes to transforming exposed pipes. This decorative tape can be purchased online or at any local craft store for about $20. If you are looking for a way to turn those hideous exposed pipes into beautiful works of art, here's one method to consider.
Add wood pipe wrapping
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Wood pipe covers are another great way to disguise unsightly drainage pipes in your laundry room. You can buy wood pipe wrapping online or at local craft stores. Applying it is easy, and you can even construct the covering yourself. Be sure to properly measure your pipes' length, width, and height to ensure that the wrapping has enough spacing to cover the piping completely without touching it directly.
Add a bit of foliage
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You can also use real and fake plants to conceal unsightly pipes in your laundry room area. If your pipes are near the floor, consider adding a few potted plants to the area in front of them to keep them out of view. However, if your pipes run horizontally or vertically along the wall, consider adding faux foliage wraps around them to make the room look more exotic.
Cover them with bins
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If your laundry room pipes are close to the floor or run straight up a wall, consider placing small baskets or storage bins in front of them to keep them out of view. You can purchase these bands online or at a craft store for about $10. Save yourself a few bucks by searching around your home for any baskets or extra bands you may have lying around.
Be sure to place the bins a few inches away from your pipes in the event that you have a leakage issue in the future. If the bins' height doesn't cover the pipes completely, consider using pipe covers for the exposed top sections.
Build a false wall
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Consider building a false wall around your laundry room piping. All you need is a little bit of plasterboard, a few wood beams, and a handful of screws. If you're handy with a hammer and drill, you can probably build this wall yourself in a day--not to mention save yourself a couple of hundred bucks in contractor costs. However, when building this wall, make sure to waterproof the areas around the piping to prevent water damage from leaks.
Replace them with better-looking pipes
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Go for an industrial look in your laundry room and replace your current pipes with a copper or chrome finish. Not only will this give your laundry room a more modern feel, but it will allow you to do a quick remodel project and update old piping. This can also be a good look if you plan on selling your home in the next few years.
Add wrap around lights
Who said that you can't have Christmas lights in your laundry room? Exposed pipes can present a great opportunity to add unique decor to your laundry room. Consider wrapping strands of multi or single-colored lights around the pipes in your bathroom to make the room appear more exciting and less bland. Also, it's a good idea to make sure that the pipes have no leak issues before installing the lights.
Box them in
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If the pipes in your laundry room run along the lower portion of the wall, consider boxing them in with trim. For this method, you'll need to measure the pipes' width and length. This ensures that the trim boxes in the pipes completely--and with a little added space between it and the pipe.
If you aren't handy, it may be a good idea to have a contractor perform this task, as it can require accurate measurements and cutting of the trim to fit properly over the pipes. You can use any trim type for this job, and you can even paint the trim to make the room more appealing.
Build a shelf
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Building a shelf in front of or around your pipes is another creative way to hide them from plain view. Not only will you have more storage for your laundry-related tools and materials, but it's inexpensive and easy to do. Consider turning the shelf into a bookshelf and tossing up a few of your favorite paperback copies.
Wrap them in rope
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Go rustic with rope wrapped around your laundry room's water pipes. There are several different types of rope colors, textures, and patterns to choose from. You can visit a local craft store or shop online for unique or hand-made designs. If you're looking for an earthy and simple way to keep those unsightly pipes from ruining the look of your laundry room, here's a good one.
Are sink skirts still a thing?
Though sink skirts were more popular in the 50s and 60s than they are currently, they have made a bit of a resurgence in the past five years. The reason is that sink skirts offer a convenient way to hide off-putting pipes beneath bathroom sinks. On top of that, they provide an easy and decorative way to add and conceal extra storage space beneath your sink.
How do you hide exposed pipes on the wall?
The best ways to hide exposed pipes on a wall are to cover them with large items such as bins and baskets, build a wall shelf in front of them, or use pipe covers to conceal them. You can also box in the pipes with trim or cover them with fitted pipe covers.
Can you cover a dryer vent?
Yes. Dryer vent covers, also known as "wall caps," are used to prevent outside air from entering your laundry area while at the same time allowing the air from the dryer and excess lint to escape outside when necessary. Dryer vent covers are usually made of plastic and can be purchased for around $15 online or at your local hardware store.
If you're in a pinch, you can also install your own makeshift dryer vent cover by cutting a piece of hard wire cloth that's big enough to fit over the dryer vent hole.
Wrapping Things Up
We hope that this post has provided you with a sufficient number of ways that you can cover exposed pipes in your laundry room. Remember that you'll need to measure your pipes accurately before applying any cover directly over them.
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