Home Office Hacks: Sneaky Strategies For Hiding A Clunky Printer

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Does anyone else feel like printer design is stuck in the 90s (and not in a cool crop-top-with-mom-jeans way)? While we’re still holding out for a designer edition hoverboard/printer all-in-one to use at our standing desk, here are a few tips and tricks to keep your overbearing hunk of plastic from being the focal point of your workspace.

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Customize Your Furniture: If you’re not handy enough to build your own custom desk like the one above, try adding hinges to an existing dresser drawer to tuck away your technology.

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Store It on a Portable Utility Cart: Rolling utility carts like this simple brass beauty, or the ever popular IKEA RÅSKOG, are a great way to easily move unsightly appliances in and out of view.

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Sew a Printer Cozy: In Beatriz’s Fun & Functional Workspace, we were so distracted by the beautiful embroidery on this otomi textile that we didn’t even notice it housed a printer. Instructions to make your own printer cover similar to this one can be found at made.by.me*.

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Build a Hidden Shelf Under Your Desk: For less than $5 at your local hardware store or IKEA, a couple brackets and a simple shelf can create an under-the-desk ledge for your printer and other functional items.

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Camouflage Your Device: Consider your big, bulky printer less of an eyesore and more of a design challenge by incorporating it into your design. In the photo above, the boxy black printer’s shape is mimicked throughout the space, which helps it to blend in.