We just moved into a rental house (so my options for modifying it are limited) that has approximately 24" x 24" steam radiators recessed into the walls. They're surrounded by a bit of molding.

We'll only be living here for one winter (maybe 6 months of heating) so I don't want to invest a huge amount, but I also want something that isn't a total eyesore. My plan right now is to make something simple with some pine boards and wood or white vinyl lattice from the hardware store. I think they also sell blankets for this purpose, and maybe I could staple them to the trim or something. Any other ideas?

Legally the landlord is required to provide covers for them "within 4 months" which is a ridiculous timeline and I don't want to wait that long.

enter image description here

  • Agree - some 2x2s with wire/plastic mesh, zip-tied (might want metal zip ties) to those grates.
    – Jon Custer
    Commented Sep 18, 2023 at 20:31

2 Answers 2


I would consider a common fireplace screen, which I'd attach to the wall in the drywall area (fairly easily repaired). You may need a spacer to account for the depth of the baseboard. Your local or online home improvement center probably offers several inexpensive options.

enter image description here

image source

  • 1
    or build/buy a radiator cabinet. Either way you may want to think about affixing the protection to the wall, or a base, so the kid can't knock it over. Kids start trying to climb things fairly early.
    – keshlam
    Commented Sep 18, 2023 at 19:34

Drop an appropriate-sized end-table in front of it. Either choose a design that suits "baby fence" yet open for airflow directly (such as Mission/Craftsmen style) or attach a screen to the back (or side against the wall/radiator) of it.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.