You know how sometimes you listen to sad music in your car to really get in the mood? Except you’re at a stoplight thinking about the cords in your living room, and how they made you really sad this morning while you had your morning coffee and then you hear a loud honking noise and you’re like “OMG lady it’s only been 2 minutes!” And then you drive off, turn up the music and wipe the tears off your face? Hypothetically speaking, I’m not crazy guys.
So it’s been a month since I started sharing ideas in this space. And the most popular post has definitely been the 3 Simple Hacks For A Prettier Home. And I thought since many of you are clearly on the same spectrum of psycho that I am, then you probably have nightmares about cords too, right? Great, so here we go, 3 simple hacks to hide those hideous cords and media equipment in your home.
1. Electronics Hider
Ok, so I get that most TV stands have a cabinet to put this in and close the door. And, yes, I have that in my living room. However, I’m assuming many of you have TV’s that are not in your living room? This DVR and Roku equipment has been sitting on the dresser in my bedroom taunting me for months. It was a huge eye sore, and I hated it. Luckily Covogoods on Etsy sells these custom electronics hider.
So it’s basically a bunch of books that are carved out to cover your equipment. It’s open from the side and from the back.
And it folds into your equipment like this.
Tada! Yes, folks, all that stuff went inside. The back and side are open. Scroll down to #2 to see how I hid all the cords.
This shop is super responsive, and you get to pick the colors and sizes of the books. Check it out HERE, it’s amazing. And no, I did not get paid to share that. One other thing, you can place this vertically to cover those hideous wireless routers you may have exposed in your home for the internet. I’m pretty sure that’s why the sides are exposed, I have mine placed horizontally.
2. Zip Ties + Decorative Accessories
So we have a ton of cords from the DVR, to the router, to the Roku, and God knows what else. How do we organize all that? Super cheap zip ties folks.
There would have been no way to hide all these cords if they weren’t bunched together. You can get these zip ties HERE. Top off the books with a clock, an extra book I had at home (because it wasn’t quite high enough), and bam, no more cords.
Now in the picture below, I also had three different cords that I zip tied together.
Then I placed a large stack of books, and topped it with a super cute set of iron glasses from Pottery Barn to hide it below.
3. Be creative w/ furniture or home accents
Lastly, sometimes you need something a little bit more dramatic than some simple zip ties and tiny accents.
Every single night we sat down to watch TV, I would complain to my husband about these hideous cords. I zip tied them, started to color one white to blend with the wall (yes, I know), and I was still super annoyed. Like daydreaming at a stoplight annoyed. So I did what any other normal person would do, I went to HomeGoods for some inspiration.
At first I went in looking for a trunk or a bench, but I have one on the other side of my TV stand and I felt like that would be too much. Then I passed by the basket section and a light bulb went off. I grabbed some decorative pillows, got a super cute shawl, and called it a day. No. More. Cords. I was happy people.
In sum? Buy some zip ties, cover that stuff up with some cute decor or furniture, and if you don’t have a media stand, buy that super cute electronics hider for your router or DVR equipment And trust me, ignore the lady honking behind you, sometimes we all just need a minute, or two.
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