Asked on Jan 26, 2015

How to camouflage a heat pump?

by Tone
There is not much to say, other than how in the world can I camouflage something like this? We live in a rental, plus it keeps us warm, so removing it is not optional.
Can I build some sort of case to cover it with, painting it in the same color as the walls to make it blend more it?
I am planning on putting some shelves under there the next few days, which can result in one of two things: either it will give more focus to this beast, OR it will shift the focus downwards to the shelves. Either way, it will still be there...
  15 answers
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jan 26, 2015
    If the heat comes out the bottom, I would run a bulkhead over it, the window, and to the same width as the "offender" on the other side of the window. You could add shelving on both sides for balance. Personally, I would just add a pleasing arrangement of art, etc. on both sides of the window under the bulkhead. If you move, all you'd have to do is patch a few screw holes when you remove the bulkhead. Or perhaps the landlord would like it.
  • Tone Tone on Jan 26, 2015
    thanks @Marion Nesbitt Yes the heat comes from under. Not quite sure what a bulkhead is, but I think I have an idea:)
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    • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jan 26, 2015
      @Tone Right! A cover up no matter what we call it! LOL
  • Lynn Lynn on Jan 26, 2015
    I would just hang a beautiful picture underneath it. You notice the heat pump because that is what you look at when you look at the wall. Need something bright and wonderful on that wall. It may not be good to obstruct it. Play around with the furniture and see if you can change things around to not bring attention to that wall. I have a heat pump like that in my dining area. I have an antique desk on that wall and a picture over top of that. I live in Maine and love the thing!
  • Dena Dena on Jan 26, 2015
    Maybe take a couple of second hand louver doors. frame out just past the heater & install the doors. Just put a couple screws or latches in back to make sure it doesn't tip forward. then you could also make a few shelves inside under the heater to store some items. I did it to hide my furnace & water heater. But used more doors of coarse. now if I need access to items behind the doors, I just unlatch & slide it out. Good luck
    • Tone Tone on Jan 26, 2015
      @Dena you mean like a cabinet?? that is genious!
  • Dena Dena on Jan 26, 2015
    yes, I like storing items that I need close in that area. Plus, we put the little slider pads on each corner of the frame, so it is easy to slide out if you need to. Have fun ;)
  • Linda Linda on Jan 26, 2015
    build a wooden valance around it so its not so noticeable!
  • Connie Mar Connie Mar on Jan 26, 2015
    Make sure you don't block the airflow required around this heat pump or it won't work effectively. Or, you could damage it, start a fire even. Maybe find out the minimum clearance first before covering it up. If it is painted the same color as the walls, might not be as obvious.
  • Bonita Sanders Bonita Sanders on Jan 26, 2015
    I would build a valance or cornice around it. Then put an old window below it.
  • Karyn Workman Karyn Workman on Jan 26, 2015
    A tall book case and then a fake book display front to allow the heat to leave thru the bottom?
  • Orchidmg Orchidmg on Jan 26, 2015
    If the heat comes from the bottom, I'm picturing it looking like a flower/plant holder like you see outside window sills on houses in the 1960s. You could make a wooden box, just 3 sides (front and 2 sides) and attach it to the wall to cover the heater and put fake plants or flowers on top, short ones since it's close to the ceiling.
  • Cathy Rayburn-Trobaugh Cathy Rayburn-Trobaugh on Jan 27, 2015
    This looks like a mini-split. We have them in our log home, and they are pretty expensive so you really want to make sure you don't damage it in your rental. If you search for 'disguise mini split', you'll find a lot of good ideas like these: I think the key is not to block or redirect the flow of air.
  • Evelyne Evelyne on Jan 27, 2015
    in my opinion just put a small piece of wood between the walls on both sides, hiding the faith the top of your curtain and chauffagen in France is called a "Marie-Jeanne". You just cover the board the same paint or wallpaper the same as the wall.
  • Craig Laidlaw Craig Laidlaw on May 31, 2015
    No question that building a wall cabinet unit around it is the way to go if you want another piece of furniture. Not hard to do. Make sure the portion where the pump is has louvered or shuttered doors so the heat ( or cold ) is pumped through. Lower part could be book casing , ornament showing, or enclosed . Final product could easily ok like a hutch.
  • Kathryn Peltier Kathryn Peltier on Aug 25, 2015
    Like a dryer or AC unit or anything that requires a certain clearance around it, make absolutely sure you check the specifications before you block airflow.
  • Amy Amy on Oct 03, 2016
    since you have a window next to it, I would build a type of cornice box that runs the length of the window, covering the heat box and ending at the wall. I would paint it the same color as the wall, or if you wanted to get some architectural elements to make it look dimensional. I would mount a curtain rod inside the cornice and have more volume of curtains. just check how much room you need to circulate around the heater to see how far from the wall you need to extend the cornice.