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Making Radiator Covers Instructions

  • Making Radiator Covers

    Building custom radiator covers can help you hide large metal radiators and provide you with a convenient shelf for storage or decorative pieces. Radiators come in many shapes and sizes. Most likely you have several different sizes in your house, so you will need to measure each individual radiator and custom build a cover to fit each one.

  • Overview

    Building a radiator cover starts with accurate measurements of your radiators. Then you can plan out the materials. Once everything is cut to size, you can build the radiator cover. The finishing touches include a little sanding and then a few coats of spray paint.

  • Measure

    Measure the height, width and depth of the radiator. Make sure to include any inflow and outflow pipes that are connected to the radiator. To make sure there is enough space between the radiator and the cover, the inside dimension of the cover should allow for one inch clearance on all sides. To accommodate for this space, add one inch to the height and two inches to the width and depth.

  • Estimate Materials

    A radiator cover is essentially a three-sided box with a top. The front of the box will be a frame that contains a screen. The top and two sides will be solid pieces of wood. Estimate the amount of one inch thick wood you will need based on your calculated measurements.

  • Cut

    If you purchased wide pieces of “1 by” material (which is really ¾” thick), use your table saw to rip the pieces down to correct width. Next, cut everything to the correct length.

  • Layout Front Panel

    Layout the front panel. The top horizontal piece should be flush with the tops of the corner pieces. The bottom horizontal piece should be two inches up from the bottom ends of the corner pieces. This is to allow airflow at floor level up into the radiator.

  • Assemble the Cover

    To assemble the front frame, drill pilot holes in the corners of the frame. Drill a shallow larger hole to allow the screw head to be recessed. Glue the pieces together and then put in the screws to pull the four corners of the frame together. On the bottom of each side piece, cut out a piece of rectangular-shaped wood that is two inches up from the bottom and that forms a back leg that is 1-1/4” wide.

  • Attach the Cover

    Spread glue on the surfaces between the sides and the front panel and hold the pieces together. Make sure you drill pilot holes and larger shallow holes so the screw heads are below the surface. Attach the side panels to the front panel using three 2-1/4” screws.

  • Attach Screen

    Using tin snips, cut the screen to fit in the front panel. The screen should be 1” wider and taller then the opening or 1/2” larger all the way around the opening. Use a heavy-duty stapler and staple the screen to the inside of the front frame. Put a staple every two inches or so.

  • Cut Top Panel

    Cut the top panel to allow a 3/4” overhang all the way around the cover base. Use the L-brackets and short screws to secure the top piece to the lower frame.

  • Finishing Touches

    To finish off the project, use wood filler to hide the screw heads that are holding the corners together. Then sand all of the wood. Give the new radiator cover a good coat of primer and then finally paint it with a spray paint the matches or complements the room where the radiator is located.


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