This one design mistake could knock £5,000 off the value of your home

Updated on 22 August 2019 | 1 Comment

It’s the work of a weekend and it could save you from losing out on thousands, so why wouldn’t you conceal the boiler if you’re trying to sell your home?

Be honest: when was the last time you gave your boiler a second thought? Despite the fact it keeps the home fires burning, it’s the domestic appliance we pay the least attention to.

But if you’re thinking about selling your home anytime soon maybe you need to give your boiler some TLC.

Research from energy supplier Npower found that an unconcealed boiler can cause potential buyers to try and knock around £5,000 off the asking price of a property.

And two in three homebuyers confess it makes them reconsider a property entirely, listing it as a bigger eyesore than dated kitchen appliances and clunky radiators.

Despite the potential impact on sale prices, 70% of people asked would only be willing to spend £500 to make the area that surrounds our boiler more appealing.

READ MORE: The 8 things that put people off buying your home

Usually installed with air vents and water supply in mind rather than aesthetics, boilers don’t have the sleek appeal of a flashy new fridge or sleek white goods. But there are ways to cover them and conceal them, even if you’re on a tight budget.

Before you get cracking though, don’t forget to seek expert advice about how much clearance for ventilation you’ll need around any casing. You can find qualified gas engineers who can help at

Here are eight ideas to inspire you to tackle the job and protect your profits…

1. DIY boiler cupboard

Image: Instagram / @_diyaddict_
Image: Instagram / @_diyaddict_

A perfect job for a Bank Holiday weekend and a simple one if you’ve got some carpentry skills and power tools, this fab solution uses an offcut of matching vinyl flooring to top a very handy storage space.

This job is more about utilising every precious inch in the boiler cupboard, creating a space for keeping essential but unstylish household items out of sight.

2. Conceal with a kitchen cabinet

For a seamless look that totally hides the boiler consider a bespoke cabinet in keeping with the rest of your kitchen.

Image: Jen Stanford /
Image: Jen Stanford /

Most kitchen design companies offer casing that fits modern-sized boilers, but if you're working with an older model be sure to check the dimensions.

The two handles and bevelled edges of this sleek dark door front disguise the boiler, looking like two smaller units instead and the whole panel is on magnets allowing easy access to the boiler's settings. Very clever!

3. Cover with a chalkboard 

“For the DIY confident among us, you can build your own chalkboard boiler cover with affordable materials like MDF, hinges and a lick of chalkboard paint,” says interior design blogger Fifi McGee.

The outside then becomes a convenient way to share shopping and to-do lists with the whole family. / Emma Scott-Child

4. Build bookshelves

If your boiler is in an awkward place such as a spare room or kids’ bedroom, consider building a cupboard into a neat storage solution.

Image: Bespoke Carpentry Ltd / Instagram
Image: Instagram / @bespoke_carpentry_ltd

You can configure the cabinetry however you want; with open shelving for books, magazines or records, or make the lower shelves a practical space for storing toys. Don’t forget to include a carbon monoxide alarm somewhere in the unit too!

Image: Instagram / @bespoke_carpentry_ltd
Image: Instagram / @bespoke_carpentry_ltd

If you get the professionals in they can also work around existing light sockets and come up with clever space-saving design, like this bookshelf that’s shallower than the boiler cupboard.

5. Hide in plain sight 

If there's no space around your boiler to box it in, then why not add some decorative artwork to jazz things up?

This kitchen boiler has been disguised with a Cole & Son mural that works with the one flash on teal colour that the boiler has while filling the blank space with something that’s decorative but not overwhelming. It works far better than we could even have hoped for!

Emma Mitchell / Home For Now by Joanna Thornhill (Cico Books, 2014)
Emma Mitchell / Home For Now by Joanna Thornhill (Cico Books, 2014)

6. Build a simple cupboard 

“If you’re finding it difficult to find a matching kitchen unit to fit around your boiler or if your boiler is located in a bathroom, garage or lean-to and you’d like it to be boxed in, building a simple swing door made with affordable materials like MDF is an ideal solution,” says Fifi.

“Paint the door a colour that will conceal it within the room and buy matching handles to give it the illusion of being the same as surrounding cupboards."


7. Spice up your life

Even the snuggest of cupboards will usually have a couple of inches’ grace between the door and the boiler cover, enough to fit in a very slim shelf that’s perfect for stashing spices.

Image: Instagram /
Image: Instagram /

You’ll be surprised at how much wall space you’ll be saving!

8. Build a bespoke utility cupboard 

Maximise the space around a wall-mounted boiler with a utility unit. It means you can keep other household items stashed tidily away. "Ask your local carpenter for rates and recommendations on the most affordable fireproof material for the job," says Fifi. 


So there you have it. Making a small, considered improvement to hiding your boiler could make you extra pounds on a sale price, and make your home lovelier too.


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