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How To Hide Router and Modem Cords With A Mid-Century Side Table

Cords are a huge eye sore, right? If you’re looking for a simple way to hide router and modem cords, this one’s for you. Here’s how to hide wires with a mid-century side table.

There is nothing more hideous than a huge pile of wires in a beautifully decorated room. You spend all of your time and energy getting the room just right, but you can’t easily control where the outlets are or where your cable plugs in.

You’re probably here because you are looking for a simple way to hide your wires from your modem and router. Because, I mean…just look at this mess.

a pile of tech including a router, modem, and networked storage sitting on the floor with cables running all over

This post is part of my fun monthly challenge for thrift store upcycles. I got the base for my fun mid-century table at the thrift store. You’ll be shocked how I upcycled it to solve a major problem – how to hide router and modem wires!

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Here’s my solution for how to hide router and modem wires

I needed a solution because I couldn’t have mess in my beautiful new marble & gold themed office. If you are stuck trying to figure out how to hide hideous electrical wires, I have a super simple and adorable DIY solution for how to hide router cords.

Image of router cords and modem on the floor with text overlay that says How to Make Cords Disappear

You’ll never guess what I upcycled from the thrift store to make this mid-century side table. Here it is…

angled shot of a box with a decorative grille on the front to be turned into a box for how to hide router and modem wires

You’re still probably confused, right?! What the heck is that!? 

Well, I had no idea either. I just knew it was the perfect size and even better it had that front panel with holes for ventilation, which is a necessity if you’re going to be creating your own table as a solution to the how to hide router and cords wires dilemma.

close up shot of a label that reads space-gard high efficiency air cleaner
photo of a wire grate with a large fan underneath inside a box

Turns out it is a really old school air cleaner. I’m guessing that’s kind of like a modern day air purifier. Regardless of what it was, what is was going to be is even better.

Supplies for how to hide router and modem cords:

close up photo of a woman's hand using sandpaper on a wooden surface

Step 1. Lightly sand.

Since I knew I was going to painting this with spray paint, I gave it a quick and very light sand with a fine 220 grit sandpaper.

photo of a box with a decorative grill masked off with painters tape around the rim

Step 2. Tape off and spray paint front.

Next I used painter’s tape to tape off the edges of the front around the panel. I followed up by giving the front panel a few coats of gold spray paint. Remove the tape when finished.

a can of spray paint primer is laying on a recently painted frame

Step 3. Tape off front and spray the rest of the box.

Since my office was marble, white, gold and mint green – I wanted to keep the box with a simple white and gold theme.

I chose white spray paint for the main color. We did about 4 coats after covering the front panel with plastic and tape.

a white box laying on its side with a hairpin table leg ready to be attached

Step 4. Add legs.

This is where it really started coming together. I had been itching to do a DIY with hairpin legs because I just LOVE them. I knew they would fit in perfect in my modern office. We added the four hairpin legs on the bottom corners of the table.

a hammer sitting on a wire grate, both sitting on top of a white box

the inside of a box with a newly installed wire grille for a shelf

Step 5. Add wire grate as a shelf.

Once I got to this point, I started trying to fit everything back into the little box. And I was really struggling to make it all fit.

Then I remembered that little wire grate that I removed when I was deconstructing everything. Ah ah! We need a shelf! Even better, a shelf that allows the air to circulate in the box.

We attached the shelf by resting it on some nails on all four corners of the box.

inside of an empty box with a hand holding a power strip in place to be permanently attached

Step 6. Secure power strip.

We added the power strip up into the top corner of the box.

a person setting up router and modem inside a newly painted and refurbished decorative box for hiding cords

Step 6. Add your gear.

Luckily I have my designated “IT Manager” to do this part for me, hehe. I started getting lost with all the cords. He stepped in and got it all plugged in the right way.

photo demonstrating cable management for hiding router and modem in a decorative box

Step 7. Organize the cords with zip ties.

The best part of this solution for how to hide router and modem cords is the pretty organized cables that you end up with. Maybe you’re not Type-A like me, but that organized circle of cords makes my heart flutter.

an image split into two stacked images, the top image is a messy pile of network equipment and cables...with a text overlay that says... how to hide ugly internet cords, the bottom image is of a decorative table with various decor on it ...with a text overlay that says... make a hide your router box

I love my little mid-century side table, my perfect solution for how to hide wires. My marble and gold office is able to stay clean and pretty without the hideous mess of the electrical cords.

Do you have a bunch of electrical wires in your house that need hiding? Whatever type of contraption you come up with (heck, maybe you can find an old school air cleaner too!?) just remember to make sure your solution on how to hide cords has plenty of air circulation. I’d love to see what you dream up!

How do you hide router and modem wires in your house??

Let me know in the comments !!


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How To Hide Wires With A Mid-Century Side Table

How To Hide Wires With A Mid-Century Side Table

Yield: 1
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $15

Cords are a huge eye sore, right? If you’re looking for a simple way to hide wires, this one’s for you. Here’s how to hide wires with a mid-century side table.

Materials

Instructions

  1. Lightly sand.
  2. Tape off and spray paint front.
  3. Tape off front and spray the rest of the box.
  4. Add legs.
  5. Add wire grate as a shelf.
  6. Secure power strip.
  7. Add your gear.
  8. Organize the cords with zip tiles.

41 thoughts on “How To Hide Router and Modem Cords With A Mid-Century Side Table

  1. Messy electrical cords are one of my worst pet peeves! You guys did a great job hiding them. Super upcycle for that air filter box! xo Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home

    1. Thanks friend!! If you could find (or make) any type of wooden box, you could always find a cool metal grate for the front and it would look really similar to this! Just make sure you have ventilation if you’re going to be covering up your internet boxes 🙂

      1. Great thought! I wonder if it cuts down on the router signal at all? If it were used to house a cable box could the remote “see” through the metal grate?

        1. We haven’t had any issues with our router signal, but it is important to note that the antennas on our router box are exposed out the back of the box and NOT blocked inside of the box. That probably makes a big difference. I’m not sure about a remote working for a cable box, it would probably depend on the angle at which you were sitting.

  2. Came here from HomeTalk to check finished project and I must say it looks amazing! I’m currently dreaming about Mid Century Modern style living room and it would be a nice addition. Pinning it right now!

  3. Your office looks so nice without those cords. UGH I hate them. I love what you did with this box. and it is perfect for your router. I love in that last finished photo the green lights of the router. They look a little bit like glowing eyeballs! LOL! You are very creative and and up-cycle genius.

  4. I definitely plan to try this. I’m concerned about covering the router antennas though–did you notice any change in your wireless strength after putting it inside the box?

  5. I don’t have the patience to DIY this but would love to buy this exact thing! Do you sell them? LOL!

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