Smart ideas for hiding everyday eyesores in your home
Most of us prefer to live in a relaxed, lived-in home rather than a perfectly organised showroom-like space - but there are a few everyday eyesores that we could happily do without.
Fear no more. From messy pet furniture to tangled phone chargers, here are some smart ideas for hiding five of the most unattractive home essentials:
Your furry friends' furniture doesn't have to be an eye sore. Take a leaf out of beauty blogger Annalee Muggeridge's book who says that her favourite piece of furniture is her dog house.
"My fiance, Trent, built a hollow wooden cabinet that disguises our dog bed inside it," Muggeridge said. "You would never even guess it was where he sleeps at night, it's so beautifully made and it blends perfectly among the rest of our furniture."
During the construction of his new kitchen, actor Ido Drent installed a powerpoint in one of the drawers "so we can charge our phones and ipads, out of sight". Some people recommend drilling holes in the bottom of the drawer to allow more ventilation and avoid overheating.
This will stop your benchtop from overflowing with cords and will help you neatly store all of your tech in one place. If you want to keep tech out of the kitchen, you could opt for a tidy desk charging station instead.
As much as we love our TVs, they aren't the most aesthetically pleasing devices in in the world. That is, until now.
Samsung's unobtrusive 'The Frame' television is designed to double as a piece of art, with the option of displaying either 100 digital works of art or your own family photos. Or, if you don't have $6000 to spend on The Frame, why not use an actual piece of art to hide your TV when it's not in use?
Short on space? Turn your stairs to drawers to create a sneaky stash spot for shoes, umbrellas and all those other little things that lie around the house. Either consult a handyman or do it yourself (Note: experienced DIY'ers need only apply) and voila.
TURN WIRES INTO WALL ART
These cable clips will turn your cords from eyesores to wall art. LUC
Don't let the wires you can't hide get in the way of you creating a stylish home. Put your DIY skills to work and use creative cable clips to create a display that doubles as wall art.
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