Buh-Bye Cable Box: 10 Sneaky Ways to Hide All Evidence of Electronics
It’s finally time to cut the cord and get rid of your cable box forever, but you don’t want your TV stand to look like it’s been hit by lightning! Here are ten super sneaky ways to hide all evidence of electronics and you can have your TV stand looking pristine again in no time!
1) Smoke your electronics
If you want to get really sneaky, you can smoke your electronics. This will help to hide them from view and make it difficult for anyone to track them down. Plus, the added bonus is that it will make it difficult for anyone to steal your stuff. Here’s how you do it Get a roll of aluminum foil and place a lighted candle on top.
Place your device so that it is close enough to catch fire but not too close so as not to set anything else on fire. Once the object starts smoking, blow out the candle, wrap it in aluminum foil (to contain all the fumes), then toss it in a bucket with water. The fumes should stay trapped inside this way and should be destroyed when they are submerged in water.
2) Go flat screen
One way to get rid of your bulky television is to switch to a flat screen. This will also save you some money on your energy bill because flat screens use less power. You can either mount it on the wall or put it on a stand. If you’re really short on space, you can even put it in a cabinet. And if all else fails, there’s always the option of getting rid of cable altogether.
Check out our post 10 Sneaky Ways to Hide All Evidence of Electronics for more information on hiding those pesky cords and cables!
Some TVs have built-in speakers that are pretty decent, but are still not as good as full surround sound systems. That’s why I recommend investing in a home theater system with at least 5 satellite speakers and an active subwoofer.
A good surround sound system will greatly enhance your viewing experience by letting you hear every little detail like gunshots and explosions coming from different directions around you (depending on how many satellites you choose). The difference is like night and day; I know because I’ve done both – once for college, another time for pleasure – so trust me when I say that if you want to truly enjoy movies, music and other content then surround sound is a must.
3) Make it disappear into a box
If your goal is to make your electronics totally disappear, then consider building or buying a simple wooden box. You can find pre-made boxes at most home improvement stores, or you can get creative and build your own. Line the inside of the box with fabric or felt to help muffle any sounds, and then cover the outside with a decorative material like wallpaper or wrapping paper. Once your box is complete, simply place it over your electronic devices and voila! They’ll be hidden from view but still easily accessible.
4) Ditch old cords and ugly boxes
- Give your electronics a new home by mounting them on the wall.
- Use pretty baskets or boxes to hide cords and unsightly wires.
- Frame your TV with a salvaged window frame or pretty piece of fabric.
- Get creative with bookcases and shelving units to stylishly conceal your electronics.
- Repurpose an old dresser into an entertainment center.
- Hang a curtain in front of your television or gaming setup.
- Use attractive storage bins, baskets, and trunks to tuck away electronics that don’t need constant access.
- Keep it hidden behind furniture or art pieces with doors that close securely when not in use.
- Attach a bookshelf onto the back of your TV to provide ample space for all those DVDs you’ll never watch again (or are too embarrassed to show off).
- Bury your electronics inside another object like a cabinet so they’re only visible when open (and tucked away when closed).
5) Get creative with your home decorating!
- Hang a tapestry or piece of fabric over your television. This will disguise the electronics and give your room a more boho vibe.
- Place your TV on a storage ottoman or trunk. This way, you can close the lid when you’re not using it and it will look like a stylish piece of furniture.
- Mount your TV on the wall with hidden cords. This will give your space a clean and modern look.
- Hang a large painting or photograph in front of your TV. This is a great way to make a statement and distract from the electronics.
- Place your TV in an armoire or cabinet with doors that can close.
6) Conceal a plain white box
A plain white box is the easiest way to conceal a small electronics item. Simply find a box that is large enough to fit your item, and then cover it with white paper or fabric. You can even use tape or glue to secure the material in place. If you want to get really creative, you can paint or decorate the box to match your décor. Just make sure that the design is not too elaborate, as it will be more difficult to conceal.
7) Play with colors, textures, and shapes
If you’re looking for a way to disguise your electronics, one option is to play with colors, textures, and shapes. For example, you could paint your TV stand to match the wall color. Or, you could use a bookshelf or cabinet to hide your TV. If you have cords and cables running everywhere, try using cord covers or painting the cords the same color as the walls.
You can also use furniture placement and accessories to camouflage your electronics. For instance, you could place a vase of flowers in front of your TV or put a piece of art over your computer monitor. With a little creativity, it’s easy to disguise your electronics and make them blend in with your home décor.
8) Use artwork or framed photos as a cover up
- Hang a large piece of artwork or a framed photo in front of your TV.
- If your TV is mounted on the wall, drape a scarf, piece of fabric, or even a set of curtains around it.
- Get creative with storage! An old armoire or cabinet can be repurposed as a TV stand and provide plenty of hidden storage for cords and other unsightly items.
- Build a simple box or frame around your TV. This will allow you to tuck away cords and still have access to the back of the TV if you need it.
- Use baskets, bins, or boxes to conceal electronics and cords.
9) DIY Cover up craft project
If you have a flat screen TV, you can use it for so much more than just watching television. You can use it as a giant computer monitor for photo editing, video editing, and graphic design. Plus, it’s a great way to save space in your home. Here are 10 sneaky ways to hide all evidence of your electronics:
- Paint your TV screen. This is a great way to camouflage your TV and make it blend in with your décor.
- Hang a tapestry or piece of fabric in front of your TV. This is an easy way to add some style to your space and hide your TV at the same time.
- Place your TV inside a cabinet or armoire. By hiding your TV behind closed doors, you’ll be able to keep your living room looking clean and tidy.
- Disguise your electronics by placing them under furniture like coffee tables or end tables. You can also disguise them by placing them behind curtains that open up on a rod, but this may not work if there are small kids in the house who might pull on the curtains too often.
- Keep your cables hidden by tucking them into small bags then wrapping them around furniture legs.
10) Flat screen TVs make great screens for painting, photo editing, video editing & graphic design.
You can use a television as a computer monitor by connecting it to your computer with an HDMI cable. If you have a laptop, you can also use an HDMI cable to connect your laptop to your TV and use the TV as a second monitor. This is great for giving presentations or watching movies on a big screen.
You can also use your TV as a digital photo frame. Just download a slideshow app, such as Flickr, and your TV will display your photos in a slideshow. You can even add music to the slideshow. If you have a gaming console, you can use your TV as a gaming monitor. Just connect your console to your TV with an HDMI cable and start playing. You can also use your TV as a backup monitor for your computer.