Any kitchen that uses a gas stove and / or oven must have gas pipes. For many, the fact of visibility of these communications causes irritation and a desire to somehow hide them, disguise, close – in general, do everything so that they do not catch the eye. If you can do almost anything with water and sewer pipes, then with gas pipes everything is somewhat more complicated. Since gas is explosive, in the desire to make the interior of an apartment perfect, it is important not to overstep the boundaries of common sense and not violate existing safety requirements. Let’s try to figure out how to hide the gas pipe in the kitchen so that it is both beautiful and safe.
# 1. What do the norms say?
Neighborhood experience and online tips may not always be helpful. Very often there are tips to hide the gas pipe in a drywall box or decorate it with an abundance of magnets. If the service sees this, then the entire decor will have to be disassembled, and a fine will also be paid.
When deciding how best to disguise the gas pipe, always remember the requirements that are put forward for the gas pipeline in the apartment:
- easy access to the gas pipes must be provided so that in the event of a leak or other accident, you can always inspect the communications and eliminate the problem. Sometimes non-observance of this rule costs health and life;
Do not close the pipes tightly – in the event of a leak, gas will accumulate, increasing the risk of explosion. That is why pipes cannot be closed with non-removable one-piece boxes. Moreover, you cannot hide the pipe in the grooves in the walls. Decorative structures that provide sufficient ventilation and are easy to dismantle can be used, but it is better to consult with specialists anyway;
it is impossible to change the location of the pipes on your own – this is done only by specialists and with the permission of the relevant services;
- gas pipes must be painted to protect them from corrosion and extend their service life. What color and composition to choose is another question, and we will consider it in detail below;
- when carrying out work, the pipes must be treated with extreme caution, they must not be damaged, no additional load must be applied to them, therefore, nothing must be hung on them in any case.
It is important to shut off the gas supply when performing all work on masking gas pipes.
When choosing a decor method, think very carefully about safety: life is more expensive than striving to make the kitchen interior perfect. If the chosen solution seems even a little doubtful, it is better to consult with a specialist in the gas service.
# 2. Gas pipe painting
Painting is the easiest, cheapest and safest way to transform the space and make the pipes less visible. With the right approach, familiar communications can be practically dissolved or even turned into a full-fledged decorative element.
Even a person who had no previous experience in carrying out construction and repair work can cope with painting pipes. At the same time, the gas pipe remains freely accessible, and you do not violate any norms and can sleep peacefully. Moreover, the gas pipes must be painted. As for the color and composition of the paint, there are no restrictions here, unlike the painting of external gas lines (they are painted yellow).
There are several painting options:
- the simplest and most popular is paint to match the walls. If the shades match as closely as possible, then the pipe will certainly not be conspicuous. A white pipe against a background of white walls is a win-win;
some designers advise a contrasting color for pipes. This option is suitable for colorful kitchens saturated with various shades – in an interior made in pastel colors, a bright green or red pipe will look out of place. It’s great if the pipe repeats the shade of some element in the kitchen, for example, a kitchen unit, curtains or decor. This solution is well suited for a kitsch, boho or avant-garde interior. In high-tech or minimalist kitchens, pipes can be painted in metallic color;
art painting and decoupage. If there is a certain ornament on the walls, on curtains, tablecloths or other elements of the interior (for example, floral, African, geometric motifs or drawings of dishes), then it can be repeated on pipes. You can paint by hand or use stencils – you can repeat any pattern in this way. If you try hard, then the pipe can be turned into a birch or bamboo trunk. The decoupage technique allows you to transfer a drawing from a special film or napkin to the surface of the pipe. For a Provence style interior, a good option.
For painting, you can use oil, acrylic paint, nitro enamels and other compounds.
Prepare the pipe surface before applying paint. After the gas is shut off, it is necessary to carefully remove the old coating, sand the surface, if necessary, putty and cover with a primer. Only in this case can we expect that the new paint composition will fit perfectly. It is most convenient to apply paint from a spray can. You can, of course, work with a brush, but this is a little more troublesome, more difficult and longer.
Some go further and start decorating the pipes with ropes, magnets and glued mosaics. As for the aesthetics of this solution, opinions differ. In addition, in this way more often it turns out only to draw attention to the pipes than to disguise them. Employees of gas services are ambiguous about such a decor.
No. 3. We go to the trick, or Reiling to help
We note right away that nothing can be hung on a gas pipe, but it is possible to create the illusion that a pipe that is not sore on edge is passing along the wall, but a completely necessary and designed railing. Hooks, various shelves and holders are usually attached to the railing. Since it is based on horizontal guides, this method is perfect for masking horizontal pipe sections.
The essence of the method is to paint the gas pipe in a color that best matches the color of the selected rail. The latter are often chrome-plated, made in bronze or copper. The railing is mounted just below the gas pipe. All objects are hung on the railing pipe, but due to the proximity of the location and the similarity of the surface, the gas pipe will look like part of the overall system. The solution is great for modern interiors.
No. 4. Another trick, or Hiding pipes over furniture
If the pipe is at a sufficient height, then a wide shelf can be installed under it. When it is full of kitchen utensils, the pipe will not be visible at all. Naturally, installation must be done very carefully so as not to snag the gas pipeline. In this case, it is best to paint the pipe in the color of the wall.
The pipe will be even less striking if you install a cabinet system under it. They are deeper than the shelves, which means that from below the gas pipeline will not be visible at all. At the same time, all the requirements are met: if necessary, access to the pipe is free, and nothing interferes with ventilation. Naturally, this method is suitable for masking horizontal pipe sections.
No. 5. We hide pipes behind furniture facades
This option is suitable for masking both vertical and horizontal sections, and even gas equipment (meters, columns). If you are renovating the kitchen, you can immediately order a false cabinet of a certain size. However, an already existing headset can be upgraded.
It is enough to make holes for pipes on the back, bottom and top wall. The space of the cabinet, which will hide the gas pipeline, can be used to accommodate kitchen utensils, but sufficient ventilation is a prerequisite, therefore, in the most inconspicuous places, you can create several holes (most importantly, then do not close them with cans and pots), or install a lattice screen. The vertical section of pipes can be hidden in a pencil case, horizontal – in a regular cabinet. The main thing is to provide quick access to communications.
No. 6. Pipe in a box – is it possible or not?
The above methods only allow you to beat the gas pipe, but not hide it. If you don’t want to endure gas pipes in plain sight, or it is generally impossible to fit them into the interior, you can build a decorative box in which you can hide the pipes, but two conditions must be observed:
- at least part of the box must be removable; if necessary, access to the pipes must be obtained as soon as possible;
- the box should have ventilation in the form of perforations or grates. Otherwise, even with a small leak, the gas will gradually accumulate and eventually provoke an explosion.
Many people ignore these two requirements, simplifying the process of constructing a box. Someone believes that a steel gas pipe with a thickness of 2-3 mm cannot pass gas at all. Alas, such misconceptions can sometimes be very expensive. In addition, at the very first check, the gas service will detect a violation, write out a fine and oblige to release the pipes from the dead box. It is better not to take risks, not create unnecessary problems for yourself and immediately arrange everything according to the rules. We need to create a removable ventilated shield in the box, and its decor can be whatever.
If you need to close both the pipes and the meter, then it makes sense to build a box of drywall. This is easy to do – the principle of working with drywall has long been clear to everyone. Sequence of work:
- mark up, determine where the metal guides will be. The width of the box must be sufficient for equipment maintenance;
- installation of the frame using a level;
- measurements of the resulting structure and cutting drywall of the required size;
- installation of drywall. It is better to cover part of the structure with a lattice decorative panel, which, if necessary, can be easily dismantled.
If we are talking only about a pipe, then the task is greatly simplified. Parallel to it on both sides from a metal profile or a wooden beam, you can build guides. You can attach to them any material that suits you in appearance, provides ventilation and can be dismantled in a matter of seconds with a screwdriver or screwdriver. You can use polycarbonate. A fragment of the required width is cut from the sheet along the stiffness lines. The segment is bent along the fold lines to form a U-shaped overlay. Holes are drilled in it for future installation. The box is attached to the previously mounted guides with dowels. In the most inconspicuous places, you can drill several holes in polycarbonate for better ventilation.
Instead of a sheet of polycarbonate, craftsmen also use perforated plywood, a cardboard sleeve, a bamboo trunk, and other materials. The principle of operation is unchanged. You can use frosted glass, plastic, lining, wood and more – the main thing is that the decorative panel can be easily removed. In addition, on sale you can find ready-made structures from different materials and different colors. They are easy to assemble and disassemble. It is better if the chosen decor is supported by other elements in the kitchen.
The main advantage of a well-organized box is the ability to hide the pipe from view, but in some cases you will have to say goodbye to a certain amount of useful space.
Even if you are sure of the correctness of your choice of masking gas pipes in the kitchen, it does not hurt to consult with a gas specialist and show him a sketch of the solution. This is a vital question. If you are really worried about your own safety, then you can equip the apartment with a household gas analyzer that will report a gas leak.