Hiding an Ugly Wall Unit Air Conditioner: IKEA Billy Hack


I have an ugly (but very necessary) wall unit AC in my condo. I needed a way to hide it but also have it easily accessible for the summer. I realized one of my IKEA Billy bookcases was the perfect width and height so I picked up another and had my brother help cut out the back to fit the AC. See more details linked below.
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Here's the before and after.
hiding an ugly wall unit air conditioner ikea billy hack, hvac, living room ideas, painted furniture
Before.
hiding an ugly wall unit air conditioner ikea billy hack, hvac, living room ideas, painted furniture
Before.
hiding an ugly wall unit air conditioner ikea billy hack, hvac, living room ideas, painted furniture
Measuring the back.
hiding an ugly wall unit air conditioner ikea billy hack, hvac, living room ideas, painted furniture
Cutting out a rectangle to fit the AC unit.
hiding an ugly wall unit air conditioner ikea billy hack, hvac, living room ideas, painted furniture
I bought two pieces of wood, had them sized and cut, and painted them white. I picked out hardware and hinges and the two pieces of wood easily became a cabinet.
hiding an ugly wall unit air conditioner ikea billy hack, hvac, living room ideas, painted furniture
hiding an ugly wall unit air conditioner ikea billy hack, hvac, living room ideas, painted furniture
After.
hiding an ugly wall unit air conditioner ikea billy hack, hvac, living room ideas, painted furniture
After.
hiding an ugly wall unit air conditioner ikea billy hack, hvac, living room ideas, painted furniture
Opened to use the AC.
Mara Greenwald

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  • Deltamom
    on Feb 19, 2016

    Best cover up of a wall ac unit ive ever seen. Good job!

  • Zina Taylor
    on Dec 2, 2018

    This is absolutely great. I hope I can find some one to help me with this

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