I recently came up with a great idea for how to hide lamp cords inside furniture – you can’t do this for every piece, but it works so well with my DIY IKEA hack floating credenza!
Lamp cords + furniture have long stumped me. Many years ago I read an article that exposed decorating magazine tricks, like temporarily taping lamp cords to furniture for photos or photoshopping them out completly. I felt cheated! And deflated. If the design experts and interior decorators of the world couldn’t show us how to hide lamp cords in the real world, I figured it was impossible. After we welded Hubby’s desk, a genius reader asked if we could our fit lamp cords through the hollow square tube legs. We couldn’t, but that’s when it dawned on me: if we were making/DIYing our own furniture, why weren’t we creating secret spots for lamp cords?!? If we had chosen wider tubing, the reader’s suggestion for how to hide lamp cords would have been totally feasible. It definitely got me thinking. The dining room credenza was our first opportunity to create a lamp cord solution. As you already saw, we drilled holes through our DIY wood top and threaded the lamp cords down into the unit, and out of sight.
What you didn’t see was the inside of the cabinet:
To manage the cords, which are threaded to the outlet behind the centre unit, Handy Hubby drilled a 1.25″ hole (using a hole saw) between the Besta units. Using a jigsaw, he then notched out the back of the two shelves in the centre unit to allow the cords to be routed down the back and to the outlet positioned conveniently behind the wall-mounted credenza. We created a hold for the outlet and now the lamp cords go directly down near the base of lamp, run along the top of the credenza and meet at the outlet, where they are plugged in. When the credenza is full of china and linens, you don’t even see our hack!
Honestly, I stop and admire our floating credenza daily, because it just looks so polished not having dangling cords makes such a difference! Recently we added furniture grommets to complete the look and make the holes we drilled look finished. Furniture grommets are just little caps that slide into a hole and make it look tidy, similar to the function of fabric grommets. The grommets we bought (from Lowe’s) were so easy to install: we just pushed them into the hole. Done.
Next time I need to hide lamp cords, I’m going to order the grommets before we make holes. It seemed like 1.5″ was a common size for grommets, so we made the holes that size. When I went to actually order them, weeks after putting the top on the credenza, I realized that many of the available 1.5″ grommets looked more appropriate for an office conference table. The sleek, metal ones I wanted were all a different size. (You know, for someone with a PhD, sometimes I really bomb in the areas of research and preparation). I was thrilled when I finally tracked down these silver plastic ones at Lowe’s. They were $17.00 for the pair, which I thought was a bit steep for two plastic rings (and they’re not even turquoise!), but they look great and don’t feel cheap, so I think they were worth the price. And the six hour drive to Minneapolis, MN to pick them up.
Do dangling lamp cords ever bother you? Do you have any fabulous suggestions how to hide lamp cords? I’m on the hunt for more ideas!