Mini split units provide cool or warm air all year round, and they do it without expensive ductwork. Still, as efficient and helpful as they are, many folks wish they were a little less conspicuous. If you’re considering purchasing a mini split unit but aren’t so sure you want to look at a somewhat large device mounted on your wall, read on for a few clever ways to hide mini splits in your home. Keep in mind that you need to keep the unit accessible for cleaning and filter changes. It also needs to be in a location where condensation won’t be an issue. Besides those caveats, the sky’s the limit!
Build a Bookshelf
One way to hide a mini split unit in plain sight is to build a bookshelf, or similar shelving, around it. You can never go wrong with a bookshelf. It provides elegance and adds storage space. Bookshelves are easy do-it-yourself projects too. Just note that adding a door or screen that covers the mini split without impeding airflow—as mini splits manufacturers recommend—might be a slight challenge for the amateur DIYer.
Go Up, Up, and Away
While you may instinctually want to place the mini split unit at eye level, below a window, or in a similar lower place, consider setting it up high toward the ceiling. Generally, most people don’t look at the space above eye level in homes or apartments. Setting up your mini split closer to the ceiling may help you eventually forget it’s there. Mostly out of sight means mostly out of mind.
Add a Touch of Color
Most mini split units are paintable. Matching the color of the walls is the simplest way to “hide” the unit, of course. But you can also make it into its own art piece with a different color, pattern, of mini-mural. Depending on your level of creativity, that utilitarian machine can become a work of art and a joy forever.
Get a Screen
Here’s the last of our clever ways to hide mini splits in your home. Look for or build a screen that covers but doesn’t block the unit’s output. There are plenty of screens available, from hanging fabric screens to more solid, ventilated, folding wood ones. You can even make a screen out of hanging plants or something else that draws the eye away from the unit. If you have the budget and some construction ability, consider creating a recess in the wall that holds and hides the device. Use your imagination!