Air conditioning is not something I spend a lot of time thinking about in the winter, but I do spend a lot of time wondering how to cover air conditioning units this time of year. Most people I know living in apartments have their AC units drilled into their windows, so they can be a pain to remove each year. So most of us seal them up and try to look the other way. But some apartments come with huge AC units that are permanently mounted at the top of the wall that can be a lot more difficult to ignore. For those people, blogger Mara Greenwald of Design Evolving has the solution: a coverup made from IKEA BILLY bookcases.
Mara’s wall unit air conditioner is necessary for her Chicago summers, but sits there like an eyesore the rest of the year. So she decided that building a coverup for October through April was worthwhile. When she noticed that her IKEA BILLY bookcases were tall enough to cover the unit, she decided to create a standing unit that would open and close when she needed — and didn’t need — the system in use. The result is a neat and tidy storage unit that you would never know housed a bulky air conditioning unit. Click through to see more about how she created her coverup! Thanks, Mara! xo, grace
The Before: A situation so many of us are familiar with. A necessary wall unit that is great for summer months, but is a non-functioning eye-sore the rest of the year.
The project: Mara took the back off of her Billy bookcase and then measured and cut out a space large enough for the air conditioner to fit through. Then the piece was reassembled and placed in front of the AC unit.
The After: Now that the unit is tucked inside the cabinet, it can be closed and hidden in colder months.
When temperatures start to rise, Mara can open the cabinet to cool off the room.