How To Hide Ugly Air Conditioning Units

My least favorite thing about our first apartment was the massive, ugly wall air conditioning unit. Given that we owned like five whole pieces of furniture when we moved in (a Goodwill table and chairs), it was super dominant and irked me daily. It was also totally necessary, of course. If only I’d thought of some of these tricks for hiding it at the time.

This genius solution is a Billy bookcase Ikea hack – Mara had a panel cut out of the back and added doors and pretty hardware. So good, especially if you’re in a rental and don’t want to invest too much.
{See the tutorial at Design Evolving}
The hide-it-in-a-cupboard thing is pretty adaptable – this built-in used an old cabinet door and vintage hardware to blend seamlessly with the traditional style home.
{See more at Once Upon A Time Creation}

And this one takes the idea further using laser-cut wood panels so that there’s still air flow even with the doors closed.

{See the tutorial at Vintage Meets Glam}

If you want more information about installing central air conditioning systems, take a look at Apex Air Conditioning or Conduct Air Con. With central AC though, you might still want to disguise the wall vents. The bookcase idea can work for this as well – this one, featured in BHG, uses latticed panel doors again to allow air flow. It’s still free-standing so would work in a rental.


This custom built-in hides a wall vent in a modern over-bed shelf unit…


The big outdoor units can be hidden with store-bought screens, but I love the look of custom wooden ones. This steel framed unit hides bins as well.


And I love the staggered wood look on this one. Especially good if you’ve got a hoard of uneven wood, like some people I know (myself).


There are some good tutorials out there if you want to try DIY. Dana’s version hides their garbage bins, but would work equally well for an AC unit.

{See the tutorial at House*Tweaking}

Pam’s simple DIY is similar, but with the addition of a hose holder on the side – organisational genius! The whole thing makes a huge difference to their entire outdoor space.

{See the tutorial at Over the Big Moon}

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