Exposed pipework and plumbing can be something of an eyesore. But it doesnt have to ruin the aesthetics of your bathroom space. Theres plenty of ways to conceal your plumbing fixtures to achieve a far neater finish. You can hide bathroom pipework using furniture such as bathroom vanities, box in plumbing with a fake wall, or consider other options well detail later in the article.
Boxing in your pipework
You might not have the budget to accommodate a variety of new bathroom fittings and fixtures that incorporate concealed pipework. So if thats the case, boxing in your pipework could prove one of your best options. If you possess the necessary nous and experience, you could complete the job by yourself. Youll just need a hammer, saw, nails and measuring tape, in addition to segments of wood.
Should your pipework or plumbing travel across the floor at a low level, the box you make to conceal it could double up as shelving. The pipework can also be painted to suit the wall color, leading it to blend in further, if the creation of a box seems like too tough a task to tackle.
Opt for a Pedestal Sink
Pedestal sinks, each in full and semi designs, are ideal options for masking unsightly plumbing and pipework. A further benefit is the ease with which older sinks can be replaced with a newer, premium quality version.
There are all sorts of pedestal sink models available to enhance any bathroom area, with modern and traditional designs both on offer. They represent the easiest type of sink to install.
Wall hung sinks offer a viable alternative as well, with chrome bottle traps used to hide the pipework. These bottle traps incorporation of a chrome finish ensures they will mesh well with any featured bathroom items such as luxury faucets and shower systems.
The likes of cistern units and vanity units are bathroom furniture solutions that offer a simple but effective means to conceal your bathroom pipework.
Cistern units are designed to accompany back to wall toilets, with each component hiding the plumbing and the cistern itself within the furniture unit. Furthermore, this facilitates easier cleaning for a neater finish. Meanwhile, the head of the cistern can be used as added storage room for the housing of decorative objects.
Bathroom vanities feature a sink and storage in the form of a single space-saving unit. They also offer an excellent way to mask pipework surrounding the sink. Adding a new vanity unit in place of an older sink will provide your bathroom with a superb upgrade without a lot of hassle.
Hide Wall Pipework
This option is more costly and disruptive than those afore-mentioned. However, hiding your wall pipework will have a massive impact on the overall appearance of your bathroom area. Wall pipework will tend to be concealed as standard in new-build homes. But if you are going ahead with an extension with a new bathroom, or commencing with a full-scale bathroom refurbishment, this might be an ideal solution for you. It will certainly be worth it with regards to the long-term aesthetic appeal of your bathroom.
Another option to consider is to hide the pipework without updating your sink or toilet. This solution will require the assistance of a plumber, though. In turn, you could also find yourself without access to your bathroom for several days, with decorating and plastering work potentially needed after the pipes have been adjusted. So, be sure to consider this before beginning any work on the space.
Build a Fake Wall
If your pipework runs around the walls, it might not be suitable for boxing in. You could choose instead to mask your pipework by building an extra plasterboard wall in front of the existing wall. This can prove an excellent value option for bigger bathroom spaces.
You would need to use a professional builder to construct and erect the wall, as well as a plumber to adjust the toilet and sink for a neat fit against the new wall. If new lights are to be installed or other electrical work needing completion, youll also require the services of a qualified electrician. Of course, all this work can prove very expensive, so be sure to compare quotes before committing to the job. Obviously, you should be completely sure this is the absolute correct option for you.
Install a Wall Hung Toilet
The design of wall hung toilets ensures that the cistern and pipework are concealed in the wall behind. So, only the flush plate and pan will be on display. This offers a sleek, minimal finish and provides a contemporary, clean appearance. With a properly fitted frame and toilet, the system can comfortably support up to 440 lbs.
The wall hung pan is fitted to a frame, which includes the cistern as well. You need to ensure the cistern can be accessed in the event of any issues cropping up. You can typically gain access via the flush plate, which easily lifts off to allow access to the cistern behind.