How do you hide your pipes?
Nothing is more frustrating than putting in a lot of effort to give your bathroom a stunning, magazine-worthy redesign, only to have to live with the unattractive view of pipes afterward.
Even though we all know that pipes are necessary, we have to admit that they don’t look good and can distract from the beautiful elements in your bathroom. We’ve decided to do something about it, and we called our favorite interior designers to give us their best tricks.
We’ve compiled a few diverse solutions to conceal pipes in your bathroom, from basic, affordable repairs to more permanent designs that entirely disguise your bathroom plumbing pipes. Join us and let’s begin!
1. Add a pedestal sink
Instead of purchasing a massive vanity (which is totally GORGEOUS, especially if you like doing your skin care, shaving, or applying makeup in the bathroom), a pedestal sink can easily be used to cleverly conceal annoying plumbing if that’s more your style.
The best part about these small-framed and traditional sinks is that they can be used on their own, without a vanity or cabinet. Instead, the pipes are concealed inside the pedestal’s tall, slim base, and you won’t have to think about them anymore.
But if you’re more of a glam-look type of person, you might want to consider investing in a gorgeous vanity that will make your morning and night routine that much more enjoyable. It’ll hide those annoying pipes, while also adding a touch of modernism and luxury to your beautiful bathroom.
2. Invest in a wall-mounted vanity
Speaking of vanity, every inch of floor space in a compact restroom is precious. Rather than taking up valuable floor space, you can conceal the pipes serving a vanity by mounting them to the wall.
This will give you all the counter space you might need next to the sink and also a few elegant pull-out drawers. What’s amazing about this is that it leaves the floor below free for other purposes, such as putting on a scale, using a smart vacuum cleaner, or storing some extra pairs of slippers.
3. Add an interesting shelf
A narrow metal shelf installed in front of a sink is a great way to conceal plumbing and add decorative flair to a bathroom at the same time. Who doesn’t love a good 2-in-1? We sure do.
Towels might be stored on this chrome metal shelf, or you can use it to store smaller items like soaps, candles, skincare or makeup products, and cleaning supplies.
Or, if you want to take things to the next level of bathroom Zen, you can fill the shelves you have with lush green plants. We recommend a eucalyptus and an aloe vera plant since they also have health properties.
By replacing a traditional vanity with a stylish metal shelf, you can give your bathroom a more modern look and hide unsightly pipes at the same time.
This idea is trendy and modern, and there are plenty of shelf designs to choose from. If you’re into sophisticated-looking things, you can purchase one that has a slim metal frame and a marble bottom shelf. Simple, classic, and modern! Our favorite!
4. A fabric basket is a good idea
Another method to hide those annoying pipes is using a simple teak table with open sides and shelves and some rustic seagrass baskets for some extra storage that look very simple but still FABULOUS.
And for those of you who have above-the-counter sinks, there’s a hole in the counter and a long, slim silver towel rack. Thanks to the fact that the bathroom vanities are slim and have a simple design, you don’t need any other furniture pieces.
5. Stand-up cabinet
If you have large, unsightly sewage pipes dangling from the ceiling, you can hide them by installing a tall cabinet at the ceiling level. You can add some much-needed storage to your bathroom (so you can deposit your bathrobes, slippers, bathroom cleaning supplies, shower products, and everything else you need), while also concealing unsightly pipes. Definitely a twofer!
…You don’t have to invest in different pieces that serve different purposes when you can buy one that fits all of your needs.
6. Wrap your pipes in washi paper
If you don’t want to hide your pipes by placing an object in front of them, you can always use decorative tape to hide them instead. Wrapping pipes with Washi paper adhesive tape gives them a beautiful aspect and softens their industrial feel when compared to unwrapped chrome or corroded and dirty pipes.
7. Black paint
Black is always elegant, so count on it when you need a quick fix for something! Painting your pipes black is an instant style upgrade, and it looks chic, modern, and sophisticated. Even though it might give off the impression of an industrial look (which we totally adore, btw), it’s a nice touch to a bathroom, and the use of a single color is always a smart design option.
Choose a paint that will hold up well in the high humidity of a bathroom. Remember to prepare the surface before painting it, so you can help the paint stick better and have a polished end result.
Moreover, the possibility of paint peeling will be reduced if you do this. If your bathroom pipes are made of metal instead of PVC, you’ll need to choose a primer that works with both materials.
8. Turn it into a feature
You know how people always say that you should act confident and no one will question you? Well, who said that you can’t do something similar to your bathroom?
If your pipes bother you that way, instead of trying to cover them up, turn them into a feature of your lavatory. For instance, if you have metallic pipes, purchase other metallic fixtures in the area, so everything looks coordinated and intentional. You can do this with other colors too, such as copper, black, gray, or white.
9. Add flowers
Plants are always a good idea. They can make everything look prettier and more natural, and they can successfully cover those ugly pipes. Besides that, if you love the way nature looks, plants are wonderful if you want to bring a feeling of the outside in.
The Philodendron (money plant) and the Spider Plant (both of which cascade) are 2 excellent choices for covering lengthy sewage lines. More so, they flourish in steamy places like the lavatory and will turn your bathroom into a little sanctuary. Isn’t it the best?
10. Use decorative covers
Depending on the decor of their room, some individuals might find creative ways to conceal their pipes. Imagine you’re in a room decorated with a tropical theme. You can easily paint your pipes green, add a few orange accents, and imagine you’re lying on the beach with a mimosa in your hand.
If you have a lot of nautical touches, such as an anchor and beach-themed artwork on the walls, those exposed pipes would look great if they were wrapped in rope.
You might add artificial leaves and branches to the tops of the vertical ones to make them seem like trees. Just use your imagination, and you’ll come up with something incredible.
11. Add a skirt
If you have a laundry room or bathroom with a sink or toilet that does not have cabinets beneath it, you almost certainly have plumbing pipes and valves visible. It doesn’t look good, but there’s another thing you could do to cover them up.
Let’s say that if you have the tools and know-how, you could build custom cabinets to hide them and make a space where you can keep cleaning brushes and sprays.
Another budget-friendly alternative is to go to the nearest fabric shop, pick out some fabric that matches the space, and create a sink skirt. We’d suggest placing a curtain rod in front of the sink, but you can get creative with suction cups or whatever else you can think of.
…What do you think about these ideas? Would you use any of them to cover your pipes? If you can come up with any other creative ways to hide those annoying pipes, share them with us in the comment section!
…If you want to go furniture shopping anytime soon, here’s an article you should read: 10 Best Furniture Pieces You Shouldn’t Miss at Walmart!