Radiator Covers: Functional and Decorative

There are those objects in the home that have those all too important features, but maybe lack the aesthetic appeal you’d like.  Radiators are just one such example of these objects.  There is no denying the fact that in a home without central heating, the radiator serves a critical role.  If you have a newer style of the oil heaters, you may have something that is at least tolerable, but even with those, they’re not much to look at.  So, if you are stuck – shall we say – your best bet is to opt for your choice of radiator covers.

Can you spot the radiator covers?

There are classes of radiators that simply don’t need such adornment.  You can find these cast iron radiators very aesthetically pleasing.  They can even add to your home decor, especially if you have other types of period furniture or other pieces in the room.  If you’re unfamiliar with these types of radiators, you can imagine that Victorian styling.  These could have various shaped designs, figurines – animals or cherubs – caste into the metal while forming.  You’d call these designer radiators these days and you’d certainly want to highlight this design feature, not cover it in any way.

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With regard to the radiators you would prefer not to have to look at or you simply want to enhance the efficiency of your space with, you have choices.  Many popular designs exist to make your decision easier.  These covers we are discussing here are actually helpful in that they give you better heating efficiency.

As you know, heat rises.  With most radiators, the heat will simply rise to the ceiling and then disperse from there.  This is not the most effective or efficient way to heat the areas where you reside – on the floor!  So, with a cover, you can have the vented sides ‘aim’ that heat into your space, giving your radiator a more efficient function to the heat it is already putting out.  So, while it doesn’t necessarily save on how much heat it is giving off, the effect of having it directed will give you the ability to reduce your use or temperature settings.

What Are Radiator Covers Made Of?

Like with any object that near to fire hazards, these objects are made of metal.  They should be welded for best results.  Often, this welding is done by a fabricator or can be done electrically, controlled by a computer.  For some great looking pieces that you might otherwise mistake for a narrow console table or other piece of furniture in your home, these can also have a faux wood finish.  There are other custom finishes that can give your radiator a look that will match with most any type of decor you have in your home.

In some cases, you’ll find that a basic cover is enough to help protect against possible burns from direct contact with the radiator – a plus for homes with young children.  This feature is similar to the function of how a boiler cover works.  While a different animal, the same type of use applies.  In other circumstances, you’ll want to seek out a custom designer radiator cover.  You can find custom radiator covers with shelves that can hold a few items or curios and act like a table as well.  You’ll want to make sure that you keep the lid free from objects that would impede your ability to open it if necessary in a dire situation.  Some lids are also insulated.

How To Measure To Get A Proper Fit For Your Radiator Cover

The dimensions you’ll need are the depth, width and height of your existing radiator.  Make sure that you give yourself enough room on either side for the cover to fit properly without having to be forced into place.  It will also be a good idea to measure so that you get a balanced look for the location of your cover.  You should ensure that you take note of existing valve and stem features so that you can get the best fit.  Once you have these measurements, you should be ready to get the appropriately sized cover to match your dimensions.  You may not get an exact fit, so you should plan on going larger rather than smaller given that option.  It may be necessary to order a custom fitting cover if your dimensions are odd for some reason.


Basic covers can start somewhere in the $75-80 USD range to upwards of $400+ USD.  The difference in price has to do with a variety of factors like the size, specifications, special features (lid design, insulation, finishes, custom features).  What you’ll end up with, in either case, is a great looking radiator cover for your home that you’ll be proud to share the space with.

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