Ways to Conceal an Air Conditioner

Window and wall air conditioners are the definition of an eyesore. They’re bulky, ugly, loud…and hard to give up. Admit it, there’s nothing better than entering a cool room on a blazing hot day. Luckily, this dilemma is nothing a few design tricks can’t solve. Concealing the machine entirely is your best bet (this is one of the few times paint isn’t the answer), and there are multiple ways to go about it without sacrificing style. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

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Curtains

Designer Doug Meyer hung a wall of ball bearings in this living room, which he says “slightly moves, almost creating this kinetic sculpture” when the A/C is turned on.

Custom covers

Wooden slats allow air to flow through but appear to be just another architectural detail. They blend in even further when they’re an extension to another furnishing, like kitchen cabinetry or a floating shelf.

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