Before & After: A Simple Solution to Hiding an Electrical Panel

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What's one to do when there's a big ugly electrical panel in the middle of a dining room wall. The answer was actually quite simple, and I was able to hide away this eyesore while keeping with housing codes...

My electrical panel is unfortunately placed right in the middle of the dining room wall. Initially, I had plans of positioning a large cabinet or other piece of furniture in front of the exposed panel, but this idea was shot down by the electrician during casual conversation. Apparently housing codes require direct access to the panel. While a large cabinet wouldn't be the end of the world for access, if there were an emergency and the power needed to be shut off immediately it could prove a hazardous impedance, alongside smaller electrical maintenance access.

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I ended up following the KISS principle and simply hung a painting over the electrical panel. I found a large horizontal IKEA canvas print that fit perfectly, spanning an appropriate width across the dining room buffet table and perfectly disguising the electrical panel from view, while remaining easily accessible. This solution could easily be customized in both size and images according to your tastes and needs, and it's good to know you don't necessarily have to live with an eyesore...even one as necessary as a household electrical panel!

(Images: Jason Yang)

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