Elegant DIY Foam Board Panel to Hide Your Cords

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Do you have a desk that sticks out into your room exposing all your cables and cords? We’ve come up with an inexpensive foam board panel to hide your cords and look beautiful at the same time!


This is the “before” photo of my desk. As you can see, it was not very attractive with how I set it up.

These were the basic supplies I used to make the removable foam board panel and the contact paper I chose.

First, measure your desk for height and width to determine how many foam board sheets to buy. Our foam board was 20″ x 30″ and we needed 4 sheets that were trimmed.

After measuring, determine the number of foam board sheets needed. These come in a variety of sizes. You want one that reaches the top of your desk and only has to be seamed vertically.

Trim your foam boards if needed then butt the edges of them together and run a strip of clear packing tape down each seam. As my desk was long we had to tape four pieces together. NOTE: I had wanted to only tape two sets of two for easier storing if and when we moved, however, because of the Contact Paper pattern I chose I decided I had to tape all four together. It will just be a little harder to store.

You will need to measure your cut foam boards to determine how much Contact Paper to get. Some styles will not need matching but many do. The large pattern I chose required me to purchase two rolls.

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How beautiful is that? Ü

Suggested materials:
  • Foam board
  • Xacto Knife
  • Packing tape
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Nancy at Craft Your Happiness
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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 28, 2022

    How do you keep the foam boards attached to the desk? (Did I miss something here?)

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  • Beth Parsons Beth Parsons on Jan 30, 2022

    This has inspired me. My laundry closet has exposed wired and pipes outside the drywall. I think with a little tweaking I can use your idea to hide this mess. Thanks for the idea.

  • Shelby 🐈 Shelby 🐈 on Jan 31, 2022

    Great idea. Looks so much better. 🤍

    Now - if we can only figure out how to hide the back of our monitors and televisions that are not up against a wall.