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How to Make a Shoe Rack or Table to Conceal an AC Unit

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I’ve been wanting to hide my awkwardly placed AC unit ever since I moved into my LA rental apartment, but I couldn't find the right piece of furniture for the job. I wanted something that would give me access to the AC unit when I need it but conceal it when I'm not using it AND also give me a place to put my shoes. So I gave up looking and inspired by a pile of leftover wood I had been accumulating in my closet, I came up with my own design for a piece of furniture that I built using only my drill and a few hand tools!
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Here are the materials I used the structure of my piece of furniture: For the legs, I used 3/4" MDF pieces I had left over from a bench I made, for the top and furring strips, For the top, I used 48" long 1"x2" and 1"x3", more 1"x2" and 1"x3" for the shelves, and 1/4" plywood for the back.
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I attached the furring strips to the MDF legs and then screwed the furring strips to the bottom of the top boards (that way no screw heads show in the top boards). Then I nailed a piece of 1/4" plywood to the back of the shoe rack side for stability.
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  • how to make a shoe rack or table to conceal an ac unit, how to, hvac, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
To hide the AC unit when I'm not using it, I made a removable panel using 1"x2" and cane webbing. Magnetic cabinet latches hold the panel in place at the top, and metal brackets hold the panel flush with the front at the bottom.
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I used a semi-transparent stain on the pine boards and the bottom of the legs (Behr, pinto white) and a glossy paint for the rest (Behr, swiss coffee). I love that I don't have to look at the AC unit when I'm not using it and that I now have a place my shoes and keys right next to my tiny entryway!
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And the best part is that I only used a drill and a few hand tools to make it. You can see all the steps in detail on how I made it in the video below.
Here's a look at the complete transformation with the new window treatments (I had to take out those vertical blinds!).
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To see more: http://www.engineeryourspace.com/how-to-build-a-shoe-rack-or-table-to-hide-an-ac-unit/

Got a question about this project?

  • Lynda Phanco
    Lynda Phanco Gallatin, TN

    BEAUTIFUL!

  • Katrina Lee Treleaven Fokema

    Mine is on the wall up high this won't work : (

    • Margie Gorman
      Margie Gorman Murrieta, CA

      Build a shelving unit instead. Great job on hiding the AC!

  • Jackie Gene
    Jackie Gene Northridge, CA

    This is brilliant! Thank you for the idea,

  • Cathy C
    Cathy C Casco, ME

    The little space to the right of the stand would be a great place for a plant or cute umbrella stand. I love the idea to hide it and looks built in!

  • Vicky Yandle
    Vicky Yandle Orangeburg, SC

    Awesome, great idea

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