How To Hide Routers and Modems Under a Tea Cart

How To Hide Routers and Modems Under a Tea Cart

Sonia Zjawinski
Feb 10, 2010

Having a home office makes working from home a pleasure, but not when you have to live with (and look at) a stack of modems, routers, ethernet cables, power cords, external hard drives, and the like it can make you wonder if you'd be better off with a commute. A few years ago, I decided to tackle the mess under my desk by installing (almost) everything beneath the last shelf of a teacart. Here's how I did it.

What You Need

Equipment
A teacart
3/16-inch L-shaped support hooks
Velcro cable ties
Adhesive velcro
Powerstrip

Instructions

1. Depending on how thick the shelves are on your teacart, you may want to strengthen them. My teacart was super thin -- like cardboard thin, so I decided to install a piece of wood (leftover from Ikea's Antonius shelf), on the underside of the bottom shelf so that I had something more substantial to screw all my components into.

2. Secure your power strip, broadband router, VoIP router, and anything else you need but don't want to look at on the wood plank using 3/16-inch L-shaped support hooks. I used two for each peripheral.

3. Start plugging in all the cables into their respective ports and wrapping up excess cords with Velcro cable ties.

4. Stick the hook side from a roll of adhesive Velcro on the underside of the teacart in order to stick your Velcro cable ties to. I put some Velcro on my VoIP router, along with the router's large power box so I could stick the box onto the router.

Additional Notes: It'll look a bit insane from below, but when righted and wheeled into its spot it can really clean up a space.


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