Air conditioners are a necessary part of your home fixtures. However, their presence can sometimes clash with the overall design scheme of the room. To hide this eyesore, you can create your own custom air conditioner cover which will match and complement your room décor. This article will focus on creating a cover for a wall mounted air conditioner.
- Wood for the frames
- Staple gun
- Fabric of choice (preferably cotton)
- Wood glue
Build the Outer Frame
Take the measurement of your air conditioner unit and give an allowance of 5-8 cm on all sides. You will use this to determine your outer frame dimensions. The outer frame will be made of wood of about 2-4 cm in thickness.
Measure and cut your wood pieces according to the computed dimensions. Using your ordinary wood glue and nails assemble your outer frame, in such a way as to allow for an inner frame. You can do this by gluing a narrow strip of wood 2-4 cm from the edge, along the inner perimeter of the outer frame which will create a groove that will hold the inner frame.
Alternatively, cut into the outer frame to create an L-shape groove all around in which the inner frame will fit into.
Create the Inner Frame
Take the measurements of the groove and cut wood pieces accordingly. Then, assemble the frame with nails and wood glue. You can add an extra wood piece in the middle for more support of the fabric.
Once this frame is dry and sturdy, spread the fabric over the frame and cut out the required size allowing about 3cm along the whole perimeter. Stretch the fabric over the frame and begin to secure it in place by stapling it to the frame until it is taut over the whole frame.
Finish the Outer Frame
Sand down the outer frame and paint over it before inserting the inner frame.
Combine your Frames to create you cover
Once the outer frame is dry, insert the inner frame into the outer frame and nail it into place. You are now done creating your cover.
Hang you removable cover
When hanging the cover, you can screw two L- brackets supports into the wall on either side of you air conditioner. This will enable you to easily slip the cover into place and remove it when you need to.