Any Beaux-Arts’ grille can be built into handsome radiator covers. However, you will need to build the cabinet, to house the grille you select. It will need to fit over your radiator. Keep at least a 3″ space between the radiator coil and the front inside of the fascia board. Most radiator cabinets have many similarities, such as they are generally short only 24″ to 36″ tall. The short stature, means a 6″ to 12″ tall grille is usually a good fit. Beaux-Arts’ has over 20 to choose from in lengths from 20″ to 36″. Radiator cabinets are usually less than 8″ deep from the wall, some are even flush to the wall. Most radiators are located in front of windows, because windows tend to be drafty. These similarities make the tops of radiator cabinets perfect as low narrow shelves. Marble tops can even be used in wet situations such as for house plants in front of windows.
This lovely radiator cabinet was made for a town home in Brooklyn, New York by Lewis Alfieri, using three Beaux-Arts Arts and Crafts style grilles. On the front surface in a vertical orientation is RR-209 16×30 in Antique Brass.
On both sides Arts and Crafts Style Grilles #RR-209 06×30. The grilles were installed on the back of the mahogany fascia boards.
This lovely cabinet with our Louis XIV 06″ ×30″ decorative grille.
Louis XIV radiator design cover using Beaux-Arts Louis XIV 10″ x 20″ Decorative Grilles.The decorative grilles must be integrated with a custom made box . This design features two of our RR-209 20×20 Arts and Crafts style grilles. In this case, the grilles are mounted to the back surface of the wooden radiator cover from behind to give a recessed look. The inside edge of the plywood frame is then hidden by quarter round molding to complete the handsome look. Radiators should be spray painted with flat black paint so that they disappear behind the grilles.
Arts and Crafts Radiator Cabinet Design using RR-209 12×36. A good radiator cover not only looks attractive but creates convection air circulation in the room. It does this by drawing the cold air from the floor cut out into the radiator cabinet and releasing heated air through a grille near the top of the cover. The size of the cabinet box acts as a holding area for hot air, the larger the box the more hot air it can hold. As hot air rises from the box through the grille, it creates draw pulling the cold air off the floor. The above box will hold over 3 cubic feet of hot air.
Marble Radiator Enclosure. Since this radiator cabinet is over 9 feet long, it required a combination of grille sizes. On the front center of the cabinet is RR-20 24×36 Arts and Crafts grille. The top of the cabinet features one RR-209 04×36 grille in the center flanked by two of the RR-209 04×20 Arts and Crafts grilles. By using a larger grille in the center with two smaller grilles on the sides the visual emphasis turns the viewers’ eyes to the center of the cabinet, creating a more pleasant look than three grilles of the same size. Notice that flat pilasters separating the grilles and on both ends of the front cabinet surface create classical order, as does the Roman Ogee type edge on the top slab of marble.
Flush Type Radiator Cabinet where the radiator cavity is sunk in the wall.
Radiator Cover Design featuring 2 RR-209 20×20 Arts and Crafts Grilles. Cabinet 24″H x 50″W x 5″D.