How To Cover An Ugly Air Conditioner

How To Cover An Ugly Air Conditioner

Jenny Butler
Feb 23, 2010

As our kitchen renovation draws closer to completion, we've started to notice how much of an eyesore our old air conditioner is. It's in perfect working order and we're keen to keep it so we've played around with a couple of ideas of how to update its appearance. We decided on a removable cover, full details below the jump.

What You Need

Wood [we used 3 ply and recycled packing crates]
Nails or Staples
Hammer or Staple Gun
Flannelette - optional
Sewing Machine
Drawing Pins


1. Measure the unit and build frame to size. We made sure to include the poorly located powerpoint in our measurements.

2. The fabric we chose was a slightly transparent linen so we thought it would be best to also have a layer of flannelette to make the cover a bit more ridged and opaque. The flannelette is optional. Iron outer fabric and flannelette [if using] and place the flannelette of the back of the fabric

3. Place the frame on top of the fabric and position it so there is enough fabric to wrap up the sides.

4. Once the frame is in position cut the excess fabric out of the corners.

5. Pin your first corner and sew, sew, sew.

6. Once you're happy with that corner, place onto frame and stretch the fabric into place on the next corner.

7. Pin your second corner and sew. Repeat until all corners are completed.

8. Trim the excess fabric off the cover

9. Stretch cover over frame and using drawing pins, pin the excess fabric to the inside of the frame.

10. Place over air con- ta da! Ugly air con be gone!

Additional Notes: We'd advise against using geometric patterns or striped fabric unless you are an experienced sewer. We are not and it caused occasional tears of frustration trying to get those seams straight. While we like the end result if we had to do it again we'd probably choose a different fabric but the cover is completely removable and we can change it as often as we like.

(Images: Jenny Butler)

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