9 Sump Pump Cover Ideas to Hide a Sump Pump in A Basement

Sump pumps are ugly and loud but a necessity to keep the house dry and mold free. As more people are remodeling basements, they are looking for ideas to hide a sump pump in a basement. Choosing good sump pump cover ideas depends upon how the sump pump is plumbed in the basement.

Most sump pump discharge pipes are located some distance away from the basement wall. However, some are right on the wall. Others are inside of a wall. In each of these situations there are suitable ideas to hide a sump pump in the basement.

Sump Pump Cover Ideas to Hide a Sump Pump in The Basement

A Closet Is the Best Way to Hide Sump Pump Pipes

A closet provides easy access to the sump pump when needed. Also, closets are excellent for muffling loud sump pump noises. Additionally, closet shelves can provide much needed storage space.

Lastly, sump pump closets keep dirt, pets and children from damaging the sump pump system. Of course, keeping the kids and the pets safe is always a priority.

Sump pump hidden inside of a closet in the basement. Photo credit The Basement Guys® Cleveland
Sump pump hidden inside of a closet in the basement. Photo credit The Basement Guys® Cleveland

Floor To Ceiling Curtain Sump Pump Cover Ideas

A (nearly) floor to ceiling curtain is one of the fastest ideas to hide a sump pump in a basement. Also, curtains can be inexpensive and are very easy to install.
In basements with bare concrete floors, don’t let the curtain contact the floor. This will prevent curtain damage from the rough concrete.
Also, curtains could absorb moisture from the concrete. Even when concrete looks dry, it could be because air circulation is evaporating the moisture. However, when the curtain contacts the concrete, the curtain can be come damp. This is the result of the curtain not permitting air circulation where it touches the concrete.
Here again, storage shelves can be installed behind the curtains. However, curtains won’t keep the children and pets safe from an operating sump pump. Particularly if you have a battery backup system for the sump pump.

Place Shelving Over the Sump Pump

This is best used when the discharge piping is located inside of a wall. Although, when the pipe is right next to the wall this could be acceptable. However, unless the shelving has a solid back, the sump pump pipes could still be seen.

When using this sump pump cover idea, the bottom shelf must be high enough to provide access to the sump pump. Which means that you may want a door or curtain below the bottom shelf to hide the sump pump.

Closet door with inset shelves hiding a sump pump in the basement. Photo credit Laurie Berge
Closet door with inset shelves hiding a sump pump in the basement. Photo credit Laurie Berge

Ideas to Hide a Sump Pump Cover in a Basement
These ideas are best when the discharge pipes are concealed within a wall. Although these ideas could be used even when the pipes are exposed.

Cover The Sump Pump Cover with Carpet

Not all sump pump covers are flat or even flush with the basement floor surface. However, carpeting can be an excellent idea to hide the sump pump in the basement.

Just be sure that the sump basin cover is completely sealed. That way moisture can’t collect under the carpet and cause mold to grow.

Carpeting placed over a sump pump cover to hide it. Photo credit 1-Tom-Plumber
Carpeting placed over a sump pump cover to hide it. Photo credit 1-Tom-Plumber

Carpeting when used as a sump pump cover will definitely reduce the normally noisy sump pump.

Using Plants to Hide the Sump Basin Cover

Artificial plants are a better choice than live plants. Live plants might enable dirt to get into the sump pump basin. Also, artificial plants are easier to move when access to the pump is needed.
Plants could be placed on top of the cover or just around the cover. Taller plants will act as a better screen than short plants. Although short plants will work well under wall hanging shelving.

Large Stuffed Chair or Couch

When the sump pump pit is in the corner of the basement, a large stuffed chair could be placed in front of it. Also, it may be possible to place a chair or couch directly over the sump pump cover.
Just be sure to use an airtight basin cover to prevent the furniture from getting damp.
Also, the bigger the furniture is, the more difficult it will be to remove when needed.

Hard floor covering over a sump pump basin. Photo credit 1-Tom-Plumber
Hard floor covering over a sump pump basin. Photo credit 1-Tom-Plumber

Using Solid Flooring

Practically all basements that need a sump pump system should not use solid flooring that doesn’t let moisture escape. That means using raised flooring that lets air circulate underneath the flooring. The air circulation prevents mold growth and other problems.
The moisture in a concrete floor will make floor paint bubble up and peel off. Also, directly applied floor tile will pop off the floor because of moisture in the floor.

Sump pump covered by a raised platform deck. Photo credit DIYNorth
Sump pump covered by a raised platform deck. Photo credit DIYNorth

Use A Cabinet or Raised Floor

A regular kitchen or bathroom cabinet can hide a sump pump while providing easy access.

A raised floor is just a larger version of the cabinet idea. It can be more useful than a cabinet but also more expensive.

These two sump pump cover ideas can be very attractive and functional.

Kitchen corner cabinet hiding a sump pump in the basement. Photo credit Home Remodeling 101
Kitchen corner cabinet hiding a sump pump in the basement. Photo credit Home Remodeling 101

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