Measure the pipework
For this step, you will measure the area around the pipes you plan to box around, in order to know what material will be required. Measure the distance (depth) from the edge of the pipe - the one furthest from the wall - to the wall itself, note this down, and add a few millimetres to make sure the pipes don’t touch the box itself. Be sure to measure a few times from various points across the length of the pipe to ensure you find the furthest distance possible and use that across the entire boarding.
You’ll also want to measure the width and length of the area you are boxing up. The width will be used to determine the amount of wood or plasterboard needed to cover the pipes and attach to each of the battens either side of the pipes themselves. The length will determine how long your battens and wood/plasterboard covering will need to be for the area you are boxing in.
Once you’ve got your depth measurement, you can order the appropriate battens and wood or plasterboard.