How to Hide an Electrical Panel While Keeping an Easy Access

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Hiding an electrical panel seems an easy enough task, but the common solutions are not always the most creative and aesthetic ones.



This is a picture a the room as it was before. I must admit that it is almost embarrassing! The room you see there was a room with built-in furniture. Can you guess where the electrical panel is?

Yes that's right! I'm sure you would have figured it out even without the arrow!!


The plan was to open 3 rooms to create a room theatre. The arrow below shows where the electrical panel is and the X is the wall that was going to be demolished.

Now, the electrical panel was on the only remaining wall that was big enough to install the TV. But like I always say, there are no problems, only solutions!!!


Once the demolition was done, we doubled the wall between the two windows using 2 x 3 studs.

Drywal was added, except over the electrical box, where we used a masonite with plastic rails. The 2 white lines below are the rails.

We then added mouldings making it look like casing and making sure the masonite will be able to slide.

And this is what it looks like when the renovation was complete. There's no way to tell that the electrical panel is next to the television don't you think?

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  • Sharon Gehrke Wolf
    on Jul 17, 2019

    Very nice! But my question is how do you get to the access panel when it is behind the tv?


    • Lli22241274
      on Jul 17, 2019

      It is next to the television, not behind it.

    • Janice
      on Jul 17, 2019

      If you read the post a bit more carefully, you'll see that she says in above the third to last picture ...."And this is what it looks like when the renovation was complete. There's no way to tell that the electrical panel is next to the television don't you think?"

    • Linda Sikut
      on Jul 17, 2019

      If you look at the open panel, you'll see that the molding is also part of the sliding part. They just pull on the molding and it slides open.

    • Patsy47
      on Jul 18, 2019

      REALLY.?? Read the WHOLE PROJECT....😬

    • Sharon Gehrke Wolf
      on Jul 18, 2019

      The tv is still in the way!

    • Jewellmartin
      on Jul 30, 2019

      I found out from a licensed electrician doing work on our circuit breaker box that we are not allowed to hide the box with paint, coverings or decorations. Fortunately, all the boxes in my subdivision are in the garage. But in the north part of town, all the boxes are in the master bedroom closets. The consistency is because the city was built in specific phases over only eight decades. This code would only be checked in case of a house fire or a renovation that required city inspections. But a code is a code, and we try to follow them all. So I think it is worth a phone call or visit to the city’s website to check local codes. Jewell

    • Margie Hood
      on Jul 30, 2019

      the top corner is in the way yes but its not in the way of opening or removing the panel IN ANY WAY WHAT SO EVER

    • Jim Cox
      on Aug 9, 2019

      Dittos.

    • Karen
      on Sep 13, 2019

      POST a large note in the obvious closet that usually hides it and tell them where to find it.

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  • Dee Ann Kennemer McFalls
    on Dec 1, 2019

    It looks really good. But, I’d be concerned with covering up the electrical panel in case of fire. Firefighters would need to access that panel and wouldn’t be able to find it 🤷‍♀️

  • Carol
    on Dec 29, 2019

    Brilliant!

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