I finally figured out a great way to hide my electronics (TV cords and DVD player), and I love it!!! We built our new house 3 yrs ago and had the builder place the outlets high on the wall so we could hang our televisions. However they failed to place the electric outlet with the rest, so the tv hung nicely on the wall, but we had the cords running down the wall to the outlet. Unsightly to say the least. My husband wanted to just leave things alone, but no way I was going to settle for that. So while my husband was at work I hired a family friend to add an outlet directly behind the table which is under the television. Better to ask forgiveness than permission, right!
I purchased cute baskets that were large enough to hold my cable box, but still small enough to fit in the media cabinet. Using a spade drill bit I drilled a hole in the center back of my console table, right behind where my basket will go. I made sure to go low enough that the hole was covered by the basket, but not so low that the cords would be stretched awkwardly as to put stress on them. This took a bit of muscle and time because the table is solid wood and I didn’t want to splinter the wood.
I placed my cable box in the basket, ran the cords through the handle on the back of the basket and hooked the cable wire plugged it into the electrical outlet and thought I was good to go. No such luck, the cable box sat too low in the basket. But no problem, I was going to make this work. I found stuff around the house that I placed under the cable box so the clock showed through the basket handle. I sat in both chairs across the room from the tv and maneuvered the box until I could work the remote from both chairs. Now with all this said, I feel comfortable that I have enough air flow around my cable box so that it will not over heat and cause a fire. There is at least a 1 to 2 inch space above the box and the box vents from the top. So placing the cable box on top of the fake book boxes that I used for lifts do not get hot. We have had this set up for two years now with no problem at all.
For he DVD player, I made a fake book out of foam core board to sit on top of the table. I placed the DVD player on top of the foam core board and traced out a rectangle a tad bigger than the DVD player. This made the bottom of my book. I cut another rectangle the same size for the top, and 4 smaller pieces to create the sides of the book. I used card stock to glue all the pieces together then covered it with washi tape to create the “cover” of the book.
What do you think? I love it!!! Do you have a great way to hide your electronics?
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