DIY Guide: Radiator Cover Shelf

by Gail Stone 07/17/2022

Radiator covers can be expensive and difficult to make. One of the major reasons decorating or hiding a radiator presents a problem for homeowners is not all radiators are the same dimensions. Luckily, creating a simple floating shelf is a great way to make your radiator attractive and functional no matter the size. Here's all the info you'll need.

Materials

1x2 piece of wood

1x12 piece of wood (adjust the size based on the width of your radiator unit)

Wood glue

Foam paint brush or stain rag

Sandpaper or power sander

Metal shelf brackets & screws

Clamps (optional)

How to Build Your Shelf

  1. First, measure the top of your radiator. Then, add three inches for overhang on each end.
  2. Use this measurement (including overhang) and cut the piece of 1x12 to size.
  3. Now measure the width of your radiator unit extending from the wall. To make the side pieces, cut the piece of 1x2 wood to this length plus at least one inch of overhang.
  4. Lay the wood pieces on the floor face down. Add wood glue along the side pieces of 1x2 and press to attach to the 1x12 piece.
  5. Either using clamps or by holding the wood pieces tightly together, allow the glue to dry. Consult the packaging on your glue for a time estimate.
  6. Sand any rough edges to avoid splinters. This will also prepare the surface for painting or staining.
  7. Use your paint or stain of choice to add some color and character to the shelf. For a naturally distressed appearance, sand lightly again once the treatment is dry.
  8. Position the shelf on top of your radiator. While the shelf is steady enough to remain on its own, adding brackets on each side will prevent it from falling or slipping when you add objects on top.

Now you can enjoy a simple and effective shelf for the top of your radiator. While it won't conceal the entire unit, it does give you extra display space for your favorite décor.

About the Author
Author

Gail Stone

Dedication, knowledge and her 'beyond the call of duty' approach enables Gail to sell successfully both to the first time buyer and the experienced seller. Her honesty and perseverance have served her clients extremely well. I am proud to say I have been with the firm since 1985 and have been a Stamford resident for 34 years. My former careers have been a high school math teacher and a computer programmer. I love helping people with their housing needs and feel I am able to help them maximize their purchases and sales.