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5 Creative Ways to Hide Household Eyesores

Work around those unsightly imperfections in your home with the help of these tips


Whether it’s an air conditioning unit, an out-of-place socket, a water tank, or a breaker box, there is always an eyesore that’s messing up the entire look of your home. But you don’t have to settle having these around. If you can’t get rid of the imperfections, the best you can do is cover them up.

Here are just some ideas to conceal the most common eyesores in every home.

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For the AC unit

Air conditioning units aren’t really considered eyesores but they are when they’ve become old and weathered. Not to mention, split-type ACs come with an outdoor unit that can make a great garden look dull.

Whether you have a split-type, standing, or a window-type AC unit, you can cover them up with a few pieces of wood. You can frame them up or box them in, but make sure there is still enough ventilation for the air to flow. Place folding doors on the front so you can open it up when it needs to be used.

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For sockets, extension cords, and wires

Wires and extension cords are probably the most unsightly of all eyesores in the home. They easily make a space messy; and even if you rally them up with zip ties, it's still an unpleasant sight.

For messy wires behind a work desk, you may choose to hide them by adding a curtain behind the desk that can conceal the wires. A simple black cloth would do. You can also hide your extension cord inside a slotted box. Not only does it hide away the sockets, but it hides all the plugs you’re going to attach to it as well.

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For the circuit breaker

If you’ve built your home from the ground up, you were probably able to plan around where to place your breaker box or circuit breaker. But for some, this industrial-looking box is located in the most exposed areas of the home. Thankfully, there’s a way to conceal it from sight.

If your breaker box is somewhere in your living room or dining area, you can hide it behind a framed photo or painting. Mount the framed wall art using hinges so you can easily swivel it out of the way if you need to access your breaker box. If it's located in the kitchen or utility space, you can hide it behind a wall-mounted cabinet.

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For routers and modems

If you don’t have a work desk in your home but still installed a router and modem for internet access, it’s probably located near your main telephone. This could be anywhere in the living area or bedroom.

If it annoys you to see this little black box of blinking lights, you can simply hide it in a decorative container. A box with a hole cut into the back works best for this. Or if you want to be creative, fashion a case for your router using old books.

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For water dispensers

You never usually pay mind to this item in your home but once you notice it, it will never be unseen: the 5-gallon tank on top of your water dispenser. Sure, water dispensers come in sleek, modern designs but the 5-gallon tank will forever be that bulky, blue, and plastic container.

What’s the solution for this one? It’s simple. Cover it up with some pretty fabric. Water dispenser covers are already available in the market but the designs are very limited. If you want something that will match your home, you can easily choose out fabric and have it sewn. If you're feeling extra creative, you may also use a quirky enclosure, like this bird cage.

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