DIY Indoor Water Feature


You can design and make your own indoor water feature with acrylic sheeting and a large planter. Make a water-wall room divider or a small sheet of water as an accent on your sun porch. This do-it-yourself (DIY) project is simple and can produce stunning results.


  • Design an indoor water-wall feature to create a focal point in your room, or to add ambiance with the soothing sounds of a softly trickling flow. You can create water walls on either side of a fireplace or one floor-to-ceiling water feature in a foyer. Consider lighting alternatives to showcase your water feature at night along with placement options so you can enjoy the water wall from as many angles as possible. You can even make a double-sided water wall to act as a room divider that becomes a water feature in two spaces.


  • To make an indoor water wall, you'll need a sheet of acrylic cut to fit the space, a large planter for the water feature's reservoir, a waterfall pump, plastic tubing and rocks to hide the mechanisms. Clear water walls are beautiful, but you can also select colored acrylic sheeting or cover the surface with small river rocks, ceramic tiles or slate, depending on the decor in your home. You'll need waterproof adhesive to attach the materials to the acrylic. Floor-to-ceiling water-wall features should be placed against a wall for support, or you can attach a brace to the ceiling joists in your room to hold the acrylic steady. To make a simple wall or ceiling brace, cut metal sheeting or treated wood to fit the width of your acrylic and attach it to the acrylic and to the wall or ceiling. You can drill holes in the acrylic more easily if you use a drill bit designed to work with plastic.


  • Assembling your indoor water wall begins with attaching any decorative features like tiles or stones onto the face of the acrylic sheeting and letting it dry. There's no need to add decorations to the portion of the acrylic that will sit in the planter, so measure the depth and mark your sheeting before you begin attaching the materials. Make sure the planter is large enough to stand the acrylic sheeting, plus six to eight inches on either side. For a floor-to-ceiling sheet of water, your planter should be at least 16 inches deep to house the pump, the stones and to hold enough water to feed to the top. Stand the acrylic sheeting in the planter and attach it to the wall or ceiling with your brace. You can use larger river rocks or bricks to brace the acrylic in the planter. Add your waterfall pump and run clear plastic tubing from the pump to the top of the acrylic. Duct tape or clear Liquid Nail will hold the tube in place. Make sure to fill the planter with water before you turn on the pump.

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