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Garden Hacks: 10 Genius Ideas to Hide the Air Conditioner

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Garden Hacks: 10 Genius Ideas to Hide the Air Conditioner

October 13, 2017

No one wants to see your air conditioner unit. But how do you hide a big, ugly box that calls constant attention to itself with a persistent low humming sound?

When you’re looking for an air conditioner screen, keep ventilation in mind. Avoid an overheated air conditioner by surrounding it with slatted panels or natural materials that allow airflow.

Here are 10 garden hacks to help you hide the air conditioner, including six to buy and an DIY idea for how to make a custom screen from scratch:

Cedar Panels

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, &#8\2\20;I asked my dad if he could build a simple wooden cover with horizontal lines to mimic the siding on my house,” says Michelle Adams. “It worked! He’s pretty proud of it.” See more of this project at Before & After: A Garden Makeover in Michigan for Editor Michelle Adams. Photograph by Marta Xochilt Perez.
Above: In Ann Arbor, Michigan, “I asked my dad if he could build a simple wooden cover with horizontal lines to mimic the siding on my house,” says Michelle Adams. “It worked! He’s pretty proud of it.” See more of this project at Before & After: A Garden Makeover in Michigan for Editor Michelle Adams. Photograph by Marta Xochilt Perez.

DIY Slatted Screen

Above: To make a screen similar to the one Michelle Adams’ father built, use 1 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. Premium Kiln-Dried Square Edge Whitewood Common Boards ($2.72 each at Home Depot) and paint the screen with Farrow & Ball’s Railings in an exterior finish ($127 per gallon). A 4-inch Purdy Paint Brush is $20.70 at Amazon.

Fir Lattice

air conditioner screen wood lattice Improvements catalog

Above: Available in three sizes and four finishes including natural as shown, a Wood Lattice Air Conditioner Screen costs from $119.99 to $249.99 depending on size at Improvements.

Willow Panels

In the same way a thin, gauzy curtain can soften the view beyond a window, a Peeled Willow Screen Garden Fence can blur the silhouette of an air conditioner unit; \$!6.99 per 46-by-46-inch panel at Menard&#8\2\17;s.
Above: In the same way a thin, gauzy curtain can soften the view beyond a window, a Peeled Willow Screen Garden Fence can blur the silhouette of an air conditioner unit; $!6.99 per 46-by-46-inch panel at Menard’s.

Hinged Panels

UK-based Garden Trellis builds custom Aircon Covers with slatted panels and a hinged door for access; for more information and pricing, see Garden Trellis. Photograph via Garden Trellis.
Above: UK-based Garden Trellis builds custom Aircon Covers with slatted panels and a hinged door for access; for more information and pricing, see Garden Trellis. Photograph via Garden Trellis.

Slatted Panels

Pre-made slatted panels of FSC timber can create a screen to hide an air conditioner. Available in three sizes and \1\2 finishes including unpainted natural as shown, a Wide Slatted Panel is from £\24 to £5\1 from Garden Trellis.
Above: Pre-made slatted panels of FSC timber can create a screen to hide an air conditioner. Available in three sizes and 12 finishes including unpainted natural as shown, a Wide Slatted Panel is from £24 to £51 from Garden Trellis.

Hazel Screen

A wickerwork screen of Hazel Switches creates a rustic backdrop for potted plants. Photograph via Manufactum.
Above: A wickerwork screen of Hazel Switches creates a rustic backdrop for potted plants. Photograph via Manufactum.

Hazel Switches

A Privacy Screen Made of Hazel Switches is €\167 from Manufactum.
Above: A Privacy Screen Made of Hazel Switches is €167 from Manufactum.

Willow Panels

A Willow Tri-Panel Trash Can Cover also works well to hide an air conditioner; \$\149.95 at Plow & Hearth.
Above: A Willow Tri-Panel Trash Can Cover also works well to hide an air conditioner; $149.95 at Plow & Hearth.

Willow Fencing

Panels of Willow Rolled Fences can be formed into enclosures to hid the air conditioner unit; available in five heights and three lengths at prices from \$\29.\1\1 to \$88.5\1 from Master Garden Products.
Above: Panels of Willow Rolled Fences can be formed into enclosures to hid the air conditioner unit; available in five heights and three lengths at prices from $29.11 to $88.51 from Master Garden Products.

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