How to Hide a Water Heater - Realtor Secret Exposed!!


Our RE/MAX Gateway Real Estate Team was getting ready to List a BEAUTIFUL Condo for Sale, but the one issue that had always bothered our Seller was how to hide an ugly water heater located in the Laundry/Mud Room between the Garage and Kitchen. The space was very small and required plenty of venting, so building a wall was out of the question. We headed to Ikea and purchased the Kvartal Curtain Rods that could be mounted on the ceiling and featured a curved connector and curtain gliders. We also purchased the Kvartal $5.00 mitre box saw kit to make the job easy. Finally, we found a neutral lighter weight curtain that worked perfectly, because Ikea curtains are extra long and gave us full ceiling to floor coverage. You will need a drill, drywall anchors and a screw driver, but the job was pretty simple. Final Cost: less than $100! Our wonderful Seller was very pleased with our results and the condo sold the first week with Multiple Offers. Hope this is helpful! Beth & Susie, RE/MAX Gateway Broker Associates ~ Serving Northern Virginia ~ www.bethandsusie.com
Before & After: Water Heater
Before & After: Water Heater

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  • BethandSusie Remax
    on Feb 2, 2015

    Hello Terrie - Yes, this was a gas water heater. The most important consideration was safety when considering how to best cover the big water heater in a small space. The rod attaches to the ceiling and we made sure that there was an 8 inche clearance from the water heater.You want to check with a plumber or contractor in case your water heater is set up differently, but this solution offered a way to cover the tank yet allowed airflow. I hope this helps! I have also seen tall folding screens used to block the view - that might be an option for you -just make sure nothing is directly touching the water heater and check with a contractor before using the curtain method we tried. Best of luck! Beth

  • Alison Landon
    on Aug 11, 2017

    If my water tank was hidden, we wouldn't have seen the pin hole leak on top one morning, and it could have been a disaster of a mess to clean up. Very glad to have mine visible.
    • Donna
      on Aug 23, 2017

      They sell inexpensive alarms that detect water. You just place it on the floor near water heater and if a leak occurs it gives off a sounding alarm. Usually cost about $12-15

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