When we decorate our homes, we tend to get caught up in the fun things like choosing colour schemes, picking out the perfect furniture, or finding the best deals on area rugs. But there’s more to creating a great living space than cute accent pieces and stylish wall décor. It’s as much about what you don’t see as it is what you do see. One particular byproduct of modern life that is often overlooked during the planning process of home décor is figuring out what to do with that rat’s nest of a router or modem.
Modems, routers, and TV cables might be the last thing you want to think about when you’re shopping for totally adorable teak side tables, but these items can be a major eye sore if you forget to consider them during your planning stage. We understand that trying to hide modems can be a hassle, so we’ve got you covered with these 10 tips.
Tip #1 - Hard Book Cover
Buy a hollowed out book at either a craft or home décor store to cover your modem or router. Your incognito hardware will look at home on any shelf or on the TV Stand. Personalize this hack by finding an old hardcover of your favourite book and then cut out the pages. This is a great way to hide that modem or router and add a personal touch at the same time.
Tip #2 - Decorative boxes
Boxes can hide anything! You can use a decorative box to hide your modem and all those ugly cables that no one wants to see. Most decorative boxes have handles on the side, which you can use to thread cables through to keep that modem connected but out of sight.
To do this, place a power bar on the inside of your selected decorative box. One at a time, run each required cable through the hole on the side of the box and plug it into the power bar. Once you have plugged everything in, place the lid back on and presto! Hidden hardware!
Tip #3 - Inside your end table
Want to keep things simple? Most TV stands have little drawers that can be used for storage. If your TV stand has these, your drawers are probably full of old TV remotes, wires, and things you haven’t used in a decade. So why not take a moment to clean one out and re-purpose it as a crafty little hiding spot for your modem. There’s really not much to it. Place your modem inside the TV stand drawer of your choice, and run the cables out the pre-cut hole at the back. Once everything in plugged in and in place, shut the drawer and go kick back and relax. It’s truly that easy.
Tip #4 - Books on a Shelve
If you take a look at any modern styled home today, you will see shelves styled with old hard covered books. The truth is, whether you read or not, books are perfect for making your home look more intellectual and chic. Why not get the best of both worlds – style and convenience. First, find a wood crate and spray paint it to match the colours of your home. Then find a couple hardcover books and cut ¾ of the book off, leaving the spines intact. Use a hot glue gun or super glue to attach the books in whatever order onto the wood crate. Once they are dry, your new hiding spot is ready to be used. Drop your modem inside the crate and place your creation on the shelf of your choosing.
Tip #5 - Cables in baskets
We’ve all seen beautiful wicker baskets under benches or floating TV stands, filled with extra pillows or throw blankets. However, they can also be used to hide cables and power bars. Find a basket that matches the colours in your home and make sure it’s the correct size for the location you want to put it. All that’s left to do is place the power bar inside the basket and start plugging in your electronics. Voila, those ugly cables are gone.
Tip #6 - Behind TV Stand organization
This solution for me is the most satisfying! If you were to look behind 100 TV stands in random homes, the first thing you would notice is a tangled mess of cables. By using double-sided Velcro you can secure anything to the back of your TV stand. You can use this tip to attach your power bar, modem, router, and any other electrics to it, makes for a clean and organized space. Not to mention everything is hidden from view. This is truly a win-win.
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