How to Hide an Ugly Electric Water Tank?

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When we had our utility room built, it had to house our enormous water tank. The usual pre bought units were not going to work in hiding the tank, so we needed to custom make something ourselves. The brief was, something to hide the tank, but that allowed easy access for servicing or repairs. It also had to look nice and if it was integral to the room.

I am very lucky that my father in law is a joiner so could make this up for us, but any joiner or carpenter locally to you can do the same thing.

The frame around the tank

The tank sits in a corner of the utility room with pipework going up the back wall.

We needed to hide this but also allow access to both the tank and pipes for servicing or repairs.

The idea was to box it in with some doors made from MDF wood, to match the shaker style kitchen units.

To allow easy access to pipes if needed, a free standing shelving unit would be put on the left hand side for storage.

The frame was built using pre cut sizes of timber. We used a timber merchant (Jewson) who were able to get all the wood pre cut to the exact sizes for us.

Doors made from MDF

The doors were made from pre cut MDF. Again, we just let the timber merchants know the sizes and we could pick them up, already cut to size. This was brilliant as not only were they the correct size, it meant they were all cut perfectly straight.

The doors were designed to match the shaker style cupboards in the remainder of the utility room.

The MDF doors in situ

Once the doors were made, they were simply hung on to the frame of the cupboard.

Our kitchen is coloured Farrow & Ball Hague Blue so I just got some paint and painted the doors to match. (Remember to use a primer for MDF before you put the paint on, otherwise the paint will just get absorbed in to the MDF!).

I then sourced the same handles that were on the rest of our kitchen units so that they doors looked identical to the rest of the utility room cupboards.

The finished cupboard

I am really please with the way the tank is now hidden. It looks like an integral part of the utility, its still easy to access the tank and pipes and I have an extra storage space for my ironing board and hoover!

(Note: Ours is an electric water tank, for boilers or gas fuelled tanks you will need vents so please ask advise from a qualified gas safe engineer.)

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3 questions
  • Pineapple
    on Aug 18, 2019

    Looks great! Is it ok to have the tank completely enclosed though? Just curious because my tank is wide open in my basement.

    • The New Front Wall
      on Aug 18, 2019

      Ours is an electric water tank. It is completely separate to our gas boiler which is housed in a different location.

      I would advise to speak to a qualified plumber to check on your own specific tank, as it isn't suitable to house all tanks like this.

  • Wandamurline
    on Aug 18, 2019

    Aren't you afraid that the MDF will self-destruct after a while due to the moisture content as it is made with sawdust and glue?

    • Nancy
      on Aug 20, 2020

      Missy, she addresses that it is electric in the article and in the Q&A above.

  • Laura Adolphus Hathcoat
    on Aug 18, 2019

    I love the end result, but if the tank had to be replaced, is that doable? Great job!

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  • Lynn Wolf
    on Aug 22, 2020

    Lol! It's the earthquakes that usually signal the volcanoes to act up!

  • Carlos
    on Aug 29, 2020

    Why not make the bottom easier to enter or work with in case of maintenance. My place is a walk thru and the bottom is like you are in a closet. Please note your project is beautiful and my question is just a suggestion.

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