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How to Keep Your Water Heaters From Looking Like Eyesores at Home

by DrPrem Jagyasi

Have you ever tried taking a really cold shower early in the morning? Sure, for many, the cold water helps them wake up. But let us be honest here—taking a really cold shower is the worst.


That is why many opt to install water heaters in their homes. We cannot deny it—water heaters have made our shower (and cooking) experience a lot better. These helpful appliances make it easy for us to access hot water… no more cold showers for us!

However, we do have to admit one thing—water heaters are ugly looking, especially the types that come with tanks. They are bulky, and hiding them is not an easy thing to do.

It is worth mentioning  that many choose to replace their old water heaters with the tankless types. If you think getting a tankless water heater is a possibility for you, there are many wonderful brands available. For example, you can look up Rheemtankless water heater reviews and Noritz tankless water heater reviews online to help you decide whether either of these two tankless water heater brands works for you.

Regardless of the type of water heater you have, finding the best location for your heater is important. If you are like us, who easily get annoyed by bulky appliances taking up space at home, then installing a water heater is indeed a serious business. And it is not just about ‘where’ you will install your water heater, but also about ‘how’ you will install it such that it does not become an eyesore.

But before we think of aesthetics, it is important to keep in mind some factors that need consideration when it comes to installing a water heater.

Water heater installation 

  1. It is important to know the type of water heater that works for you according to your hot water needs (e.g., the flow rate, for what purpose [cooking/shower]).
  1. Decide carefully (and with the help of an expert) where you will place your water heater. Will it be in the garage? Or in the attic?
  1. Be sure to comply with the building code.
  1. Keep your gas and water supplies in mind.

Once you have given a very consideration for the above, you can now worry about the aesthetic of your room. So, how can we then install our water heater such that they do not make our room look ugly and disorganized?

Keeping your water heater from becoming an eyesore


  1. First things first… decide where you will install your water heater according to the distance from the rooms where it will supply hot water to. This is important because how you will conceal your water heater depends a lot on its location.

Keep in mind also that choosing a location is not just about finding a place to hide your water heater. There are safety precautions that you have to consider such as the possibility of leaks and the presence of flammable substances surrounding the water heater (especially when it is placed in the garage).

  1. Know the whole look of your room. Home design is highly reliant on the harmony of the elements present in a specific space. It is therefore necessary to understand the general aesthetic you want to achieve.

Are you going for a minimalist look? Do you want your garage or attic (where your water heater is most likely located) to look like an art space? From here, you can then decide on how to best conceal your water heater.

  1. Decide how you will hide your water heater. There are various ways to conceal this particular appliance. Choosing which one works best depends on your personal preference and the look you are trying to achieve:
  • Using a shower or cloth curtain. This by far the easiest way you can conceal your water heater. The length of the curtain should cover the entire length of the water heater, of course.
  • Using a room divider. Another easy method to hide your water heater is by using a room divider.
  • Building a cabinet or cabinet doors around your water heater. This method obviously requires more work on your part, but this is also a more permanent method. Just make sure to leave enough space to make your water heater still easily accessible in case of leaks or repairs.
  1. Once you have decided how you will hide your water heater, be creative in terms of the design. Think of your water heater as a blank canvas. How will make it come alive?

For example, you can use an artsy pattern for your shower curtain. Find a room divider design that can add accent to your room. Paint your cabinet doors such that it blends with the rest of the furniture in the room.

Of course finding a location and choosing a design depends on the type of your water heater. If you do not want to go through all the trouble of creating a faux cabinet around your water, a tankless water heater may work best for you. There are many brands available, and you can search online for Rheemtankless water heater reviews and Noritz tankless water heater reviews to help get you started.

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