How to Hide Thermostats and Door Buzzers

How to Hide Thermostats and Door Buzzers

Sonia Zjawinski
Nov 17, 2009

Now this is brilliant. How many of you are living in rentals where your landlord decided to ruin a perfectly good wall with a thermostat smack dab in the middle of it? Our thermostat and door buzzer, for example, totally interrupts the art gallery we have going on on our wall. One creative Ikea shopper figured out a genius way to hide both, but still have access to them.

"For some reason the builders of our house thought the perfect place for a big ugly doorbell and the house's thermostat would be right in the middle of a big long corridor wall. In order to hide it, we bought two Molger mirrors (although we only needed one piece from the second pack)," Phil tells Ikea Hacker. "I simply mounted the mirror backwards in the frame and used the base piece from the second pack as a replacement top piece (since Ikea has it designed that you slide the mirror in from the top afterward so for our needs the top lip would have been missing).

"I bought some hefty cupboard hinges from a local hardware store and a little metal L-bracket and mounted the mirror to the wall. The hinges are more than strong enough to hold the mirror but I use the L bracket to hook the mirror on when closed so as to make sure that it is level. So now it just looks like a chunky mirror yet we can open it up to change the thermostat when we need to."

(Images: Ikea Haker)

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