Radiator Covers Are Attractive, Heat Efficient Enhancements To Your Living Space

Radiator Covers

Bespoke radiator covers add a touch of style to what is a functional (and often unattractive) home item – the radiator. There are also a host of practical reasons for searching for the right made to measure radiator covers. In this article, we look at why you should consider having radiator cabinets in each room in your house. Plus, what a good cover for a radiator should look like. Finally, we offer some tips to bear in mind when searching for a manufacturer of these efficient and attractive covers.

What Are Radiator Cabinets And What Do They Add?

Radiator cabinets are structures, often constructed from wood or similar material, that can be affixed around your home’s radiators. They can also be used for other types of heat-emitting sources to conceal them from your vision.


They were first introduced in the Victorian era. They became more elaborate in their design towards the end of the 19th century. It was commonly thought that old-style cast iron radiators were ugly features. Things that added valuable heat and comfort to living areas, but were otherwise an eyesore. Radiator covers, therefore, began to become more elaborate in their design as time went by.

Although they have gone in and out of fashion ever since, they are still used to shield unappealing radiators from sight. But that is not necessarily their main purpose any longer.

Modern radiator covers 

Modern radiator covers can also improve heat efficiency. This is something we are all looking for as energy bills rise and concern mounts for the future of the Earth in environmental terms. They can moreover be an important safety feature. Especially where pets and children are concerned.

And finally, if you choose the right manufacturer to craft covers for your radiators, you can add a more personal style to your radiators and your home generally. You can enhance the overall décor of the rooms in which they are placed. Essentially, you are only limited by your imagination and the skill of the manufacturer when it comes to design, colour and overall functionality.

Can I Obtain Radiator Covers Cheap Or Should I Spend A Little More For Quality?

Since one of the purposes of covers for radiators is to add to the overall ambience of the room, it makes sense to look for ones that have elements of design involved in their overall make-up. That often can’t be done if you source cheap radiator covers.


Off-the-shelf covers are standard sizes. This means that they may not always fit your own radiators exactly. That can unnecessarily eat into the space available in your room.

You also tend to be limited in your options looks-wise; making it much harder to find a cover that adds appeal to your room’s décor. At best, they will no longer be a feature but a functional item. At worst, they may actually detract from your interior design.

Bespoke covers

Bespoke radiator covers, in contrast, can either stand out or blend in as you wish. As well as a range of styles, they also come in different sizes. So, you can pick one that precisely covers your radiator and doesn’t overwhelm the wall on which it’s installed. Good manufacturers will also offer options for every budget. So, no matter how much or how little you have to spend, you can add these to your room without breaking the bank.


Whichever you choose, Radiator Covers UK covers protect your children’s little fingers and pets from extremes of heat. Plus, any accidental malfunction that could result in spurts of steam that can burn. When radiators are fully on and at their hottest, covers can also protect soft furnishings from the heat that might damage delicate fabrics over time.

Should I Assume Wooden Radiator Covers Are Best Or Look At Alternatives?

Radiator covers also add valuable additional storage or seating space to a room. They are sturdy enough for use as a shelf for ornaments and photos, for instance. Larger models can be employed as a bench. These are ideal for situations where you may be entertaining, for example.

Heat efficiency

And what about heat efficiency? Surely the cabinets simply block heat? Not with proper backing. In this case, radiator cabinets UK actually enhance the heat distribution within a room. The backing pushes the heat away from the wall and into the main body of the room itself. Rather than upwards towards the ceiling.

Research shows that good radiator coverings can increase the heat output in the lower part of the room by up to 4.5o.

Wooden covers

So are wooden radiator covers best for homes? Wood is a natural material with its own unique appeal. But in fact, there are better alternatives. Wood can warp and twist when exposed to extremes of heat. If your cover matches your décor, this can result in peeling paint or exposure of any cracks or knots that appear over time. Better materials that can withstand higher temperatures and perform better in the long term include high-quality MDF or PVC. But all the benefits covers for radiators can offer are dependent on finding the right company for their manufacture. Look for a firm with many years’ experience, with an eye for design, that offers a wide range of options, styles and finishes, and you’ll experience the true value of the radiator cover you purchase. One company that delivers all this and more is Radiator Cabinets UK Ltd.

For Bespoke, Designer And Personal Radiator Covers, Come To Radiator Cabinets UK Ltd

At Radiator Cabinets UK Ltd, we don’t trade in off-the-shelf radiator covers. Each radiator cover we make is a piece of furniture in its own right. We customise with the grille pattern of your choice and paint with exclusive Farrow and Ball paint in a colour that blends perfectly with your existing décor. We use only the very best of materials, including high-quality MDF that performs better than wooden alternatives. Our craftsmanship means that we offer the best radiator covers on the market, built to last.

To find out more, browse the selection on our website here. Here, you can request a home survey or place your order online. If you have any questions, we want to answer them! Call us on 0161 370 4199, email sales@radiatorcabinetsuk.co.uk or use our online contact form.


Trustpilot Reviews

"Great radiator covers, very high quality and very well made, can’t fault in any way... look very high end !! Easy to assemble and fit perfectly ...
Staff and customer extremely helpful Too!"

Charlene Davis

"Great product and service. Absolutely love our cover. Changes the whole look of our hall. Love it!"

Fiona Cupples

"Great product and service.
Really pleased with our radiator cabinet which has greatly improved our hallway.
The cabinet has a high-quality finish and is well constructed. It looks and feels substantial, but with the benefit of being extremely easily fitted.
The cabinet was well protected for delivery, which provided an immediate reassurance this was a quality product.
We’re so please we’ve decided to order another one."

Bryan G

"Very nice product and excellent customer services."


"Very happy great quality value for money brilliant customer service would definitely use again and highly recommend"

Karen Lee

"Excellent product, very well made and easy to install."

Tom Evans

"I couldn’t be happier with my mirrored radiator cabinet. The workmanship is fantastic, and it makes my room look bigger. It’s definitely worth the money. The company was great to deal with, and I will definitely be purchasing another one shortly. The cabinet comes carefully packaged to avoid damage in transit. Absolutely first class. Furthermore, the delivery guy called me up and asked me when a convenient time would be for him to deliver the cabinet. As I work all day I asked for as late as possible and he turned up as agreed, on time. Very helpful. Extremely happy all round."

Chiara C

"Excellent people to deal with both before and after purchasing. The quality of the cabinets is superb, this is our second. Very easy to install and they look fantastic. The two lads who delivered it, late Sunday in the pouring rain could not have been more friendly or helpful."


"Really high-quality product and excellent service. We’ve now purchased 5 radiator covers through Radiator Cabinets UK and we are so pleased with the product. I double-checked sizing every time before ordering but each cover is always made to correct size. They are solid, high quality and a premium product."

Paul Carr

"I’ve just received my radiator cabinet today and my husband fitted it in about 10 minutes.
Very good quality, colour matched to my existing paintwork and looks fantastic.
I would definitely order again."

Wendy James

"Great piece of joinery, fits perfect and looks really good.
Great service provided by RC UK.
Leon (Dorking)"

Leon Gadsdon

"Never dealt with them before but the experience was very good,
from quotation to delivery they are first class.
The product is excellent and the fitting was professional I have no hesitation in recommending them."

Andy Plimmer

"LOVE IT!!!! Amazing service from start to finish. Very responsive and helpful. Product is amazing quality and has totally transformed my lounge. Will definitely be ordering more for other rooms when the time comes."


"Amazing quality and excellent communication with John.
The mirrored cabinets look stunning and have completely changed the room, will definitely be ordering more."


"Have just installed my new radiator cover received from Radiator Cabinets UK. Very pleased with the finished product. Was kept informed of work and delivery options, and called before delivery. Would definitely order again

Suzanne Saward

"We've just had 3 radiator covers from John having trawled the internet for months before plucking up the courage to order.

Customer service was professional and speedy, with any questions answered within hours rather than days.

We had 1 really tricky cover but having some advice from John it has turned out beautifully.

Quality of the covers is great, as is the simple installation, and I have to give a shout out to the driver. Really friendly and helpful.

We would definitely recommend John and would like to thank him for helping us finish our home."

Wayne Langford

"Great service, beautiful cover, very well made and packaged (no chance of damage in transit), highly recommended"