$50 AC Unit Hack

by Chas
4 Materials
4 Hours

Hey y’all,

We are pretty excited to bring you our latest build. In our back yard we have an old ugly ac unit. It’s an eye sore like most people’s AC units!

So we decided to hide it with these easy DIY AC shroud.

Here’s what we had to work with... A pitiful bush an a hunk of metal on a small concrete slab.

With a little research we realized we would need certain spacing in order to not suffocate the unit and leave room for breath ability.

We surmised that we needed 54 inches total of an air gap.

We went to the drawing board and came up with this simple design.

We started with four 2x4 posts evenly spaced around the unit.

Then we ran 2x4 on the top and bottom to connect the posts.

Lastly we screwed in the 1x2 slats. We wanted to use slats to again aid in breathability of the unit.

It may look tight but we left enough room! 💪😁

We chose not to cement the posts in case of Maintance or replacement of the unit. Of course we used pressure treated wood.

Just how we planned it!

Hope y’all enjoyed and got some ideals. ✌️

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  • Willidean Green Willidean Green on Aug 23, 2020

    I want to build a 20x20 brick flower box by m y mail box

  • Kat32848357 Kat32848357 on Sep 18, 2021

    Does it help with the noise when the unit is running?

  • Susan Susan on May 26, 2022

    How do you cover your air conditioner from resting.

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  • Jar26914902 Jar26914902 on Jul 12, 2020

    We had this done for our AC unit by our fence company on 2 sides only. One of the open sides faces the house and the second faces the fence so open for maintenance and air flow!

  • Angela Brandon Angela Brandon on Jul 13, 2020

    Looks so good. Nice job.