Decor & Styling

How to Hide Unsightly Electronics and Cords


Technology is a big part of our everyday lives, but incorporating electronics into our home’s decor can be a challenge. Routers, cords, modems—they are all here to stay (for the foreseeable future). The good news? There are plenty of clever ways to hide and disguise these unsightly things. Problem, meet solution.

Routers, Modems, and Cable Boxes

We all know the importance of keeping up-to-date on our favorite shows and scouring the Internet for flash sales, but that doesn’t mean the hardware that comes along needs to stick out like a sore thumb. You have two options: hide or disguise.

Consider a hollowed-out book, a file holder, or a decorative box if you’re going with the hide option.

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Surrounding a router or cable box with a stack of books, magazine, or other accents can help it blend in with your decor if you are going for the disguise option.

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TV and TV Wires

If you’re covering up a cable box, chances are you have a TV as well. Oftentimes the TV is the focal point of the living room, which is kind of a bummer when you aren’t watching. By creating a gallery wall around your TV, you can ensure the screen isn’t the star of the show.

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Aside from drilling additional holes in walls to hide wires, cord covers are definitely the best option. They are easy to install, can hold multiple wires, and you can paint them any color to match your wall!

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Cords and More Cords

Stereos, lamps, computers, alarms clocks—they all have cords. Office areas and bedside tables are two places where electronics (and their pesky cords) tend to pile up. Thankfully, there are lots of clever ways to end the clutter and hide these eyesores.

Baskets are a great solution when dealing with an abundance of wiring. Simply strategically use a cute box or basket at the scene of the crime and voila! The mess is gone. If you are feeling extra fancy, try a cable organizer in a fun color!

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If a basket doesn’t quite go with your decor, consider hiding wires under a hollow garden stool or behind a framed picture.

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Another simple solution for hiding wires involves using tape, command strips, staples, or whatever you have on hand to attach cords and wires to the legs of furniture, which keeps them from hanging and draping in plain sight.

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Do you have electronics and cords in your home that need hiding? Which one of these solutions would you try?