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Effectively Hiding Cable Clutter in the Living Room with IKEA

My girlfriend and I were looking for a cheap and effective way to hide the cables of the phone and networking equipment in the living room. The RAST nightstand was just the right size to hold these items but we wanted it in a different colour to match our living room as well as a front cover to hide the ugly cables.

The RAST nightstand was given the BEHANDLA wood treatment oil to get a dark brown finish which was closer to the colour of the LEKSVIK series furniture. It took two or three coats for the wood to get a solid dark brown tone. We used a simple brush to apply the oil, but a paint roller should work as well.

Finally, for the cover, we attached a double folded sheet of BOMULL canvas with thumbtacks to the inner frame of the RAST. Sitting in front of the power and phone outlets, it perfectly keeps all that clutter out of sight. It even houses a small Atom D510 based home server while providing maximum woman acceptance factor. Oh well, and some dust bunnies.

[UPDATE]

Awesome, we just got featured at ikeahackers.net :)

IKEA RAST

IKEA RAST

IKEA RAST

IKEA RAST

IKEA RAST

IKEA RAST

IKEA RAST

IKEA RAST

IKEA RAST

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