You can find tech gadgets in almost every room of your home now. We can’t seem to live without them, which makes designing dream interiors a lot more tricky. From messy television cables to ugly internet routers, what’s the best way to disguise your tech?
Here are our best tips and tricks for cleverly hiding technology in plain sight. Creating a chic home interior is only a few DIY steps away.
1. Decorate Cables With Washi Tape, Twine, or Wooden Beads
A unique way to treat unsightly cables is to alter their look. You can personalize your laptop charger by adding colorful washi tape, or you can try wrapping twine around wires to change the look and texture to something more natural. This works well for a Scandinavian interior design where black plastic cables really don’t belong.
For a completely unique effect, you can thread big wooden beads onto wires for a really playful look. Try this out on tech gadgets that are designed to be placed on counters and seen on a daily basis, like Amazon Alexa speakers or smart home tablets.
2. Disguise a Wi-Fi Router as a Book
A Wi-FI router is undoubtedly the ugliest and most annoying piece of tech to deal with in the home. Because they rarely need to be accessed, it’s common for them to sit accumulating dust after being shoved into a corner. To sort it out once and for all, try disguising it as a book on a shelf.
Take an old clip binder and secure the router inside—then run the cables along the back of a bookshelf to keep them out of the way. You can get creative with how to decorate the binder so that it blends in with your decor; just ensure that there is adequate ventilation, as routers generate a decent amount of heat.
While cleaning up your tech, you might find a few devices that you don’t use anymore. Instead of throwing them away, learn about different ways to repurpose your old gadgets in a smart home.
3. Use a Small Curtain to Cover Wall Cables
A cleverly placed curtain is a great solution for hiding things from sight. This idea comes up in cottage decor and country living aesthetics, but normally it’s used in the laundry or kitchen to hide cleaning products or plates. However, it works just as well in an office setting, especially when placed below the desk where cables from computers, monitors, phones, and lamps accumulate.
All you need to do is create a little curtain that runs from below your desk to the floor to make your office space seem just a bit tidier. On the blog Driven By Decor, you can see exactly how the curtain can be positioned.
4. Hide Television Cables With Trunking
Television cables are one of the most noticeable places that could do with a clever cover-up. They usually sit in the center of the living room and become a point of focus to you and potential guests. Luckily, you can hide television cables easily with a bit of trunking, and you don’t need a professional to install it.
If you want to search for it in-store or online, it can sometimes be called cord concealers, cord covers, or cable raceways. Each piece can be cut to the length you need and attached to walls using screws—or Command removal strips if you’re living in a rental. Buy them in the color of your wall, or paint them to match your home decor. After you’ve spent a lot of time designing your dream space, make sure not to skip out on this crucial task.
5. Camouflage a TV Box With Decorative Aluminum Sheets
TV boxes are another piece of tech that you don’t need to touch often, yet they sit there taking up visual space. If you don’t have a TV cabinet that would otherwise hide the TV box out of sight, then you can build a decorative box for it instead. One material you can use to craft a box is decorative aluminum sheets that can be found in hardware stores or craft shops. The sheets with patterned holes will allow plenty of ventilation for the TV box while also acting as a clever piece of decor. The blog Me and Mr Jones has a quick tutorial demonstrating how to create a box out of decorative aluminum sheets.
6. Create a Charging Drawer
A great way to manage small devices is to dedicate one drawer as a catch-all. With a few DIY alterations, you can turn the drawer into a charging station for things like phones, earphones, and tablets. This keeps electronics out of the way and frees up bench space while you get on with other things. It also prevents the inevitable frustration that comes from trying to figure out where you last put your charging cable. The video above shows an advanced DIY method for creating a charging drawer, but this YouTube tutorial for a simple charging drawer is just as adequate for the job.
7. Hide TV Remotes Under the Coffee Table With Magnets
One way to tidy up the clutter in the living room is to use magnets to hide remotes. Aside from the many television-related remotes you might have, there are also remotes for heaters and air conditioners. To keep them out of the way, attach a magnet to the back of the remote and a magnetic strip to the underside of a coffee table. Or any other spot that is easily reachable but out of the way. When the remotes aren’t needed, simply hide them away.
If you don’t want to deal with so many physical remotes in the first place, you can instead test out the best TV remote apps for android and iPhone.
8. Hide the Printer in a Box
Many people have printers but don’t need to use them on a regular basis. The problem is they take up a huge chunk of space in an office and don’t necessarily fit in with the decor. A quick trick is to put your printer inside a decorative box, or a basket for that matter, pulling it out when you need to use it. A woven reed basket works well for a natural-look interior with a light color palette and is one effective way to conceal a printer from plastic. As an added bonus, this will protect your printer from a build-up of dust.
9. Hide Cables Behind a Fake Wall
If all else fails, why not create a fake wall to conceal your cables and wall sockets? This solves the particular problem of legged furniture where it’s impossible to neatly hide cables behind it. Granted, this only works if viewed from the right angle, but if your interior design plan has left you with this one final problem, then a fake wall will do the trick. To create a convincing illusion, you will need to cut enough wood to cover the necessary area. With a bit of patience, paint the wood to match the color of the skirting and walls. Sometimes it’s worth going the extra mile to make your home look just right.
Living With Technology Hidden in Plain Sight
Now that you know how to cleverly hide your technology throughout your home, ugly cables and unsightly routers will never be a problem again. Whether you’re going for a minimalist Scandinavian look, or a country home aesthetic, a few DIY tricks can help you incorporate technology into your home interior vision.
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