Are there easy ways to cover a basin drain pipe? Absolutely! Our step-by-step guide and instructions show you how to hide the ugly pipe.
To beautify your bathroom, you don’t have to do a complete renovation right away. Small detailed solutions often have a big impact. We show how to hide an ugly drain pipe elegantly behind apertures. These ideas are easy to build.
Since the sink is always the center of a bathroom, it inevitably attracts the eye when you enter it. Even if the model is still so beautiful, in most cases the drain pipe is to look away, especially if it is still used for storing cleaning cloths. Our examples show that things can be done differently and you can cover a basin drain pipe quite easily to dress up your bathroom.
Instructions to cover a basin drain pipe
The basis of the washbasin column is an easy-to-build frame consisting of square strips and rounded MDF panels. It serves as a basic model for all pipe hiding places. Which version you decide, whether from a bamboo blind, a metal blind or glued with decorative foil, they are all inexpensive. The materials can be obtained from the DIY store for $10 to $15. The solution with the fly curtain made of threads (from $10 in furniture stores) adds an additional benefit. Behind the cover, unlike the other three, you have storage space for cleaning cloths and cleaning agents.
Dimensions for the cover
The dimensions of the construction result from the height of the sink underside as well as the position of the corner valves and the drain pipe.
Steps to cover a basin drain pipe
Step 1/7: Cut base boards
The storage boards for the base are cut from MDF according to the template.
Step 2/7: Glue square bars
For the rear wall, we glued two square strips to an MDF plate and fixed them with a screw clamp.
Step 3/7: Drill hole
Holes are drilled into the 75 cm long aluminium strip with a 4 mm drill (graining markings!). Then lower the hole (use drill stand).
Step 4/7: Form aluminium strip
With the help of the storage board, our aluminium strip is brought into shape. Fix with screw clamp after half sheet shape for better handling.
Step 5/7: Painting the frame
Paint the frame with acrylic lacquer twice, with an intermediate sanding.
Step 6/7: Screw on plastic feet
Screw on the shelves and the plastic feet (20 x 10 mm). The feet are fastened with stainless steel screws. If water forms under the shelf, they cannot rust.
Step 7/7: Washbasin underside
You must consider the shape of the underside of the sink when you make the template for the metal arch and the two MDF floors.
Building pipe cover finishes: One construction – many variants
- Bamboo blind: Japanese-inspired, the model is made of bamboo. To shorten, roll up the roller blind tightly, wrap it tightly in several places with a painter’s crepe. In a saw drawer, the roller blind can be cut to measure with the fusetail. Then glue the mat with hot glue inside onto the aluminium bars – with a hair dryer to make it stick better. Slide the frame under the sink.
- Metal blinds: For this glossy version, separate the threads of the blind and bring the individual slats to the appropriate length with a special cutting device (about 8 euros in the DIY store). In contrast to scissors, there are no sharp edges. Attach the slats with self-adhesive Velcro strap to the inside of the aluminium bar.
- Adhesive film: As a solid substrate, it is best to use a glazing film (around 13 Euro/sqm). To glue the decorative foil (d-c-fix, to 6 euros) bubble-free, there is a small trick: spray the glazing foil with a soapy liquor, then peel off the protective paper of the decorative film and smooth it with the squeegee from the middle to the edge.
- Fly curtain: To ensure that the witty curtain of threads gets enough density of vision, we take it twice. To do this, iron on a hemline at the top of the fabric, peel off the paper after cooling and turn the bottom side of the thread curtain upwards and iron it. Then cut to bottom length. Fix with Velcro strap on the aluminium bar.
Pipe hood with PVC sheathing
If you are not one of the bright morning people, you will get a good mood with this bubbly idea. Especially when you know how expensive washbasin cabinets are, which you can buy ready. Because this solution is a price-cruncher. The PVC hard foam plate (50 x 100 cm) costs only $10. These waterproof panels are available in different sizes and many colours in the DIY store. They are easy to process and bring into the desired shape with a hot air unit – see working instructions below.
The narrow strips are heated and then, in warm condition, fitted into the cladding at the very end. If necessary, fix with hot glue. Both boards (around 8 euros) for towels and cream pots are pushed into the aperture and hold without screwing. And if the sewage pipe is clogged – pull the frame forward and everything is reachable.
These measurements are only indicative. This applies to these as well as to the other constructions. The boards do not close flush with the PVC plate, so that there is space (2 cm) for the cover strips.
Instructions: PVC version
Step 1/4: Cut plates
The hard foam plate made of PVC (3 mm thick) can be cut very well with a cutter. The length of the narrow white stripes results from the depth of the shelves.
Step 2/4: Bend the material
In order for the material to get the curve well, it should first fix all parts to be brought into shape on the frame with glue clamps. Then with the hot air blower, medium temperature, carefully heat the PVC from both sides. After a waiting time of five minutes, the terminals can be removed.
Step 3/4: Screw on strips
Once all PVC parts are in the correct shape, they are screwed to the square strips of the construction. To cover the screws, you can glue either an aluminium strip or a strip of white PVC.
Step 4/4: Iron glue facing
The 50 cm long shelf made of coated chipboard is provided with ironing glue on the edges.
Gerhardt Richter is a writer and a trainer at trade technical colleges, specializing in carpentry, plumbing, mechanics and construction.