Hidden Heater Box and Grate Cover

Create a stylish metal cover for a heater box and grate.

Hidden Heater Box and Grate Cover

Create a stylish metal cover for a heater box and grate.

Difficulty: Easy (best to do with two people)

Materials
(2) pre-painted pine boards at ½" × 60" × 14"
(2) pre-painted pine boards at ½" × 24" × 14"
(2) sheet of metal grating at 31" × 24"
Nail gun
1" finishing nails
Pre-painted trim
Protective eyewear
Drill
2" wood screws
Pencil
Tape measure

    Steps
  1. Place the two ½" × 60" × 14" pine boards on their sides, parallel to each other. Then place one ½" × 24" × 14" pine board perpendicular to the first two pieces, and secure it in place with 1" finishing nails through the ½" × 24" × 14" board and into the longer boards, creating a three-sided frame

  2. Place the two metal grates on the frame so they are flush against all sides and meet at the middle with no gaps (it’s best to have someone hold these in place)
  3. Place the last pine piece on the metal grate, flush with the bottom, open-ended part of the frame. Nail this piece into place

  4. Measure the length between the top of the frame and the top of the pine board placed in step 3. Then measure and cut two trim pieces to that length

  5. Measure the width of the top of the frame, and then measure and cut one trim piece to that length
  6. Place the trims flush against the three edges, and nail into place, spacing out the nails every 2"


  7. Designer’s Tip: You can always trim an extra piece and use it for where the two metal gratings meet, but it’s not necessary.


  8. Place the heater box over a wall heater or in a desired area