How to Hide a Printer

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by The DIY Playbook
Electronics can be eye sores in any home, but this DIY solves the problem of a big printer messing with your home decor! Instead of keeping your big ugly printer out in plain sight, you can hide it in a fashionable basket and keep it out in the open on a bookshelf.
Honestly, the hardest part of this project is finding the right basket to hold your printer (we found ours at HomeGoods).
You'll really only need a knife and some scissors to modify your basket. We cut out a slit in the front for the paper to feed in and out and cut out a large section in the back of the box so the printer doesn't ever over heat (not that we use our printer for large projects that cause it to heat up). We switched off using the knife and the scissors to make the cuts. The knife was helpful for the large cuts and the scissors helped make smaller, detailed cuts. Making these cuts only took us about 15 minutes, but beware because the wicker did make a big mess!!

Rookie Tip: Try and cut the basket outside of the garage if possible!
Once you've made your cuts, simply place the printer in the basket and it will be camouflaged with the rest of your decor! How easy is that?!
For more information be sure to check out our blog for the full step-by-step tutorial.
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  • Largo Elston Largo Elston on Sep 25, 2016
    I have a perfect basket for this idea, but want to cover my cable box. Wondering if, when I cut the slits, the edges will fray and unravel where I made the cuts. Thanks!

  • Tiffani Jones Tiffani Jones on Sep 25, 2016
    What do you suggest for a printer that has a paper feed on the top ?

  • DB DB on Sep 25, 2016
    What about heat build up, which is not good for electronics???

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  • Janine Wereley Putzer Janine Wereley Putzer on May 23, 2021

    It's a great idea, but not nearly enough pictures of the project taking place. Only the end product. Showing the basket before cutting as well as what actually got cut out, would be more helpful rather than just describing it

  • Mandy Mandy on Jan 12, 2022

    This got my imagination rolling. I have two printers and need different access but this is just what I needed to help me figure it out. Thanks!