5 Home Devices You Can (and Maybe Should) Hide Away

5 Home Devices You Can (and Maybe Should) Hide Away

Chris Perez
Feb 22, 2013

There's not really many tech devices worthy of keeping out in plain sight. Most devices we use for utility are still clunky and lacking in elegance in the aesthetic department. It's also often difficult to match tech with decor — especially when you're often limited to black, white, or silver. Luckily we can simply hide a lot of these things away, here are some ways to do it.

1. Television:
The television isn't a device you can simply hide away but there are some ideas out there that can make your set seem less prominent. For instance, try to distract away from the set by placing various pictures and artwork of various sizes around it.

2. Router / Cable Modem:
Routers and cable modems are rarely elegant in design. Their small form factor and wireless functionality makes hiding them away as simple as storing in a cabinet or as sneaky as hiding behind a book cover.

3. Wireless Printer:
We're used to putting our printers right by our computers from habit. But wireless printers give us the freedom to store away virtually anywhere. Try putting the printer in your office closet, maybe even next to all the paper supplies for more convenience and less visibility.

4. Receivers or Home Theater Components:
A living room feels more clean and sleek when you hide away all the receivers, DVRs, game systems and other home theater components. If your device is bluetooth capable and works with a bluetooth remote you can simply store your devices behind a closed cabinet with no extra fuss. You can even hide IR devices behind closed doors as well, just install an IR extension system like this one from Logitech. You can hide the IR receiver discreetly under your TV, and then position the IR blasters near your components. The system will transmit the IR signals to each of the blasters so that your devices work even in closed quarters.

5. Speakers:
You can even hide small computer speakers or subwoofers in furniture or cabinetry. Small subwoofers built for computers will function just fine, but bigger home theater subs will need vents and somewhere to push sound. Try covering the opening with a thick fine mesh that'll veil the speaker box yet give a path for sound to travel.

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