Do you have an ugly air conditioner you hate having to look at when you're not using it? Well, me too! I'm a renter and we live in the downstairs apartment of a two family house. We have a window unit in our living room. I love home decor and decorating my space, and I like to take pictures of my home! (I post these pictures on my home decor Instagram - @myhackedapartment) However, the AC in the background of the photos is just awful. I used to close my curtains just to hide it. Until, I came up with this DIY cover! And you can make one too!
First things first - you'll need to measure the top of your AC as well as the front of it (horizontally and vertically) so you know what size your cover needs to be. I used a 2x4 as the piece that actually sits on the top of the AC and a piece of plywood as the front piece. We attached the two pieces together and then painted them white. Now of course you can totally make yours differently, with different material. But this is the type of lumber I had on hand! We also purchased a 2 inch thick piece of molding from Home Depot then cut it down and to the length of each side of the plywood and also cut each piece as a 45 degree angle to create a frame.
I also purchased these "room dividers" from Amazon. They're more or less pieces of lattice, made of a thin plastic. I used two panels but had to overlap them, because putting two of them side by side, the length of them was longer than the front of my AC. I just overlapped them and cut out the design where it didn't line up.
We super glued the lattice to the front of the cover and then also superglued the molding! And ta-da! Now you have a much prettier sight to see! Of course you need to take the cover off to use the AC, but at least it can now be hidden when it's not in use!