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Published on March 21st, 2014 | by Anne Marriner


Radiator Cover from Billy bookcase


Materials: BILLY bookcase

I’ve been looking for ages for a smart radiator cover for my hall. This design perhaps cuts down on the efficiency of the radiator, but the look is just what I wanted. I designed it to contain some useful shelves, but it could be made narrower by cutting away the rear of the panels and doing away with any shelves.

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I bought a secondhand tall billy bookcase from ebay for £15 (as opposed to £55 new), so it was already assembled. I took the back board off then cut off the top of the carcass 30mm above the middle fixed shelf. I retained one of the cut-off sides (this was used for the top covering shelf of my cupboard).

Next, I needed to create an airflow through the item. So I used a jigsaw to cut part of the front kickplate away, trimmed the shelves to allow the radiator to sit inside the cupboard and again cut a curve on the top undershelf. See pics 653 and 709.

I used the spare dowels from the rejected part of the tall bookcase to fit the top shelf (with a 10mm front overhang and 20mm side overhang). There was a small gap at the back of the shelf to allow further airflow.

Lastly, I fitted the doors (bought new for £70). I also fitted the cupboard to the wall with the brackets provided in the door kits to provide lateral and vertical stability. See pic 753.

There was no need to add any veneer anywhere as my cupboard is left-hand side-on to a wall. But the cut edge of the very top shelf is raw so would need to be covered if in view.

I am so pleased with it I haven’t stopped smiling yet and want to share it with your members.

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7 Responses to Radiator Cover from Billy bookcase

  1. Louisa says:

    I notice you completed this a few years ago. How has it held up over time? Has the heat from the radiator damaged the shelf at all?

  2. Anne Marriner says:

    The heat from this particular radiator is not imperative so loss of efficiency was not my biggest concern. I like it anyway!

  3. Anne Marriner says:

    26 Musgrave Avenue

  4. bp says:

    Consider removing the panels in the doors and replacing them with screen, mesh or a metallic grid.

  5. FL Mom says:

    Radiators in general are clunky-looking so I can see why a covering might be nice, but if it’s also important for heat, having two sets of doors might be a good idea: the current set during warm season and a lattice set during cold season. Just change them as needed. Otherwise, these doors will need to remain open while using the heater.

  6. John says:

    “…perhaps cuts down on the efficiency of the radiator”

    Perhaps made it utterly useless. You might as well had just removed it from the wall.

  7. Rebecca says:

    I think I would have just removed the radiator and put a cupboard there, coz there’ll be no heat coming out of that hack whatsoever!

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