It seems that there is never any way around unsightly ductwork. Even though ductwork is such an essential part of keeping your home the perfect temperature, you always have that urge to get rid of it all. First of all, it is important that you hold on to your ductwork, because it is an important element of your heating and air conditioning system. Second of all, there are a number of different solutions to hiding the ductwork in your basement. If you want to turn your basement in a man cave, another bedroom, or an entertainment center, it is important to make sure the ductwork is tucked away neatly. When it comes down to it, hiding your ductwork can make your HVAC system more insulated, which can actually help lower your electric bill. Here is how to hide ductwork in a basement.
One of the most common ways to hide the ductwork in your basement is to lower the ceiling by at least a foot to provide a space for the ductwork to channel through. In order to do this, you simply measure the amount of space you want to lower your ceiling and the mark the areas. After you have marked the amount of space you want to lower the ceiling, your next step is to purchase dry wall panels. You can get drywalling supplies from any home improvement store. Before you do this, though, you want to make sure to drop the lights down as well so that you can cut space for them in the drywall.
If you don’t want to lower the ceiling – whether it is against building codes or if your ceiling is already low enough – you can always increase the thickness of a wall or two and then hide the ductwork behind the wall. You can either use dry walling, or you can take a more cost effective method and create a curtained wall of sorts. In fact, a curtained wall can give your basement a rough, modern aesthetic that might blend well with the new space. For this method, you don’t typically want to just cover the wall and the ductwork with fabric. What you want to do is create a trellis, or framework of sorts, and then place the fabric over the framework, which will make it more steady. Also, you want to use fabric that is thick enough to appear to be a wall, like canvas or treated burlap.
Lastly, if you want to really hide the ductwork in the basement, you could do nothing at all. Sometimes the best way to hide something is put it in plain sight. All you have to do is create a framework on the ceiling of your basement and then run the ductwork through, which will give the basement an intentionally industrial look. With a few other design choices, the ductwork will blend right in. You might even want to choose black or a darker color ductwork to blend in with the rest of the space. Many people are experimenting with this industrial look and it could make your basement look even more sleek and modern.