How to Hide a Furnace in a Basement

Hiding a basement furnace is a design challenge.
Hiding a basement furnace is a design challenge. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Even though the basement may contain the washer and dryer, act as a nearly unlimited storage space and display an array of ceiling pipes, that doesn't mean it has to look dank and dark. Renovating your basement also doesn't have to be an extremely costly endeavor as there are numerous simple methods you can employ. One basic design task involves hiding the furnace. Once you've properly concealed the furnace, the basement immediately feels more homey.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Bookcases
  • 4 L-brackets
  • Screws
  • Electric drill
  • Decorative screen

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Measure your basement height from floor to ceiling. Write down this measurement. Purchase two bookcases that are at least 3 feet wide and 1 inch shorter than the measurement you just took.

Place each bookcase on either side of the furnace, right and left. The shelves of each bookcase must face outward from the furnace so you can use their storage space.

Attach one end of an L-bracket to the top and bottom of each bookcase using screws and an electric drill. Drill the other end of each L-bracket to the ceiling and floor respectively.

Place a decorative screen in front of the furnace. Now your furnace is completely covered. However, you can move the screen whenever you need to, so that the furnace can receive proper ventilation.

References

  • "Fix It & Flip It: How to Make Money Rehabbing Real Estate for Profit Even"; Gene Hamilton, et al.; 2008
  • "Basements: Your Guide to Planning and Remodeling"; Better Homes and Gardens; John Riha, et al.; 1999
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