Help: Hide eyesore ductless AC?

posted 6 months ago in Home
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

tulipbee :  Covering the AC with doors is not an option, so I suggest you wallpaper the cabinets’ back panel; striped wallpaper is a good choice. Add white decorative accents for the shelves, and the focus would be on the wallpaper and accents, not the AC. I also think the cabinet looks better without the trim!

 

Post # 3
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Worker bee

Maybe you should move the bottom shelves down an inch or two? Then you might be able to put the shelf the took out back under the mini split.

 

Here are some options for hiding it. Slatted doors or something with grill, like how you would cover a radiator should work. Here are two exsmpexa I found. If you end up doing something like this I would probably do it to both build ins

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

tulipbee :  silly question but why do you need two in that sized room? You could have gone for a  single 7.4kw system for that size room. Instead they chose to put in two smaller 2.4kw systems. They could have also just put one large one on the sane wall of the window and put the motor on that wall outside.

I would try moving it to the other wall and put in a larger system instead of two small ones. 

I also wouldn’t put doors with slats on it to cover it. It would negate the cooling effect of an airconditioner and would require it to consume more power to cool the room down effectively. Which will make it more expensive to run. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

tulipbee :  ru able to put the trim back? I second the idea allston made. The covers look great. If you don’t mind me asking, how much did your AC cost? They were trying to charge me $15k for it…

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

tulipbee :  I actually think it looks better without the trim that was there.  It was pretty dated to be honest. I think allston’s example pics are a great way to hide it  And I think it’s going to be best where it’s at hidden in the shelves behind decorate slats if you dont want it to be an eyesore.  I imagine if you put it on any other wall, it’d just stick out on it’s own and definitely be more of an eyesore?  I’m not sure what the distance is in your shelving, but maybe you can move the other two around and see if a third fits well?   Or at least move the one right below the unit up a little and reclaim the space for the remaining shelves… or… you could shorten the closed shelf area and doors to get back 3 nicely sized display shelves.

Post # 11
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Worker bee

tulipbee :  I am also in Mass and that is a better quote than we got! Ours was like 12k for 3. And it wouldn’t even fully cool our place. We just ended up getting even bigger window units.

The slat covers you could probably find online (but would have to be custom built for your dimensions). The style of the brown one in particular would be super easy to DIY- especially if you have access to a chop saw.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

tulipbee :  They didn’t look adjustable in a easy move the peg and adjust the shelf kinda way.  But you can certatinly still move it.  Just take it out and put in new slats or even drill a line of peg holes and make them more adjustable.  Or you can get a pocket hole jig to move it a new permanent location.

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