There’s nothing like an ugly cord(s) to mess up an otherwise beautiful home decor! Unfortunately, being “plugged in” is a necessarily evil in this modern world we live in, but that doesn’t mean we have to be uncivilized about it. :-) Kaitlyn & Erik recently found an ingenious way to tame the ugly cord monster living in their home and have graciously agreed to share it with us!
My sweet husband, Erik, recently bought a Ball Python and decided that it should live in my office. And I know what you’re thinking…yes, I am the best wife ever ;-) In all fairness, we live in a basement apartment and only have two bedrooms so the office was really the only option, unless I wanted it in our bedroom which was not going to happen! I REALLY am not a fan of snakes but Erik loves them and was so excited to get one.
My only condition when we decided to put the terrarium in my office was that the stand somehow needed to coordinate with my decor. So I convinced Erik to paint a boring black terrarium stand gold. So now we have a very glam terrarium stand ;) Unfortunately we were still left with the problem of having a few different cords from the various heat lamps hanging down the back of the stand. It just looked messy and disorganized.
Being the well-trained husband that he is, Erik headed to Pinterest for a solution. He found an incredibly easy idea on this Buzzfeed post – it’s #20 if you click over.
All you’ll need is a piece of fabric big enough to cover the back of your piece of furniture and some magnets. Our terrarium stand isn’t very big so I only needed a yard of fabric. I found this cute turquoise chevron print at Hobby Lobby on sale for $6.99 a yard. I made sure to get a thicker fabric so we wouldn’t be able to see the cords through it.
I measured and cut the fabric to fit the stand just right. Since I knew the edges of the fabric wouldn’t show I didn’t even bother to sew them. I’m thinking about using some Fray Check to keep the edges from unraveling any more, but it’s really not too bad right now.
Finally we attached the fabric to the back of the stand with 6 magnets. The only slightly annoying thing is that it’s difficult to get the fabric stretched tightly with the magnets so there are usually some slight wrinkles in the fabric. I bought some pretty cheap magnets at the craft store but if I had gotten some more heavy duty ones at a hardware store they might hold a little better.
In the end it turned out even better than I thought it would! The fabric adds a fun pop of color in the office and creates a perfectly clean look.
And I’m convinced that our new Python-daughter, Zola, likes it too. ;)
I know this particular method won’t work in every situation, so here are some other great ideas for hiding cords:
What is your favorite way to hide unsightly cords?