{five minute friday} An Easy Trick to Hide Lamp Cords

Yesterday I came across a photo slide show of the gorgeous DC home that the Obama's will be renting when the leave the White House. I was just sitting down to write this post when I got sidetracked looking at the photos of the stunning mansion in its glorious shades of white and gray, and I had to laugh when I got to the photo of the home's basement family room. For all its high-end style, my eye was immediately drawn to a bunch of cords under one of the tables. It truly is a universal problem!

How to hide cords and wires

If I've piqued your interest about the Obama's future home, you'll find a link to the slide show of more than 30 photos linked from my Facebook page. But first, let's talk about that pesky cord problem that we all have, and a quick trick to fix it!

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When designing our guest room, I really wanted to create a space that would be comfortable for our guests, day and night. Since we often have friends stay with us when they are in town for business, I thought it would be nice to give them a place to work. I was thrilled to find a coordinating white Parson's style end table and "mini-desk", which work perfectly as nightstands on either side of the bed.

How to hide lamp cords

I just love the simplicity of Parson's style tables, with their straight, modern lines and simple shape. The only downside of this furniture style is that the open back can make hiding cords a challenge.

One of my favorite products for hiding cords are the clear Command Round Cord Clips, like those pictured below. By simply placing them every so far along the back edge of a table, and down the back of the leg, you can easily guide your cord in the direction you need to reach an outlet, while keeping it neatly out of sight. The clear adhesive strips that hold the clips in place stick firmly, but remove easily {and damage free}.

Ok, so that is my favorite way to hide cords behind a piece of furniture. But what about when you need the cord to remain accessible? Both of the lamps in my guest room have power switches on the cords {about 12 inches from where the cord leaves the lamp}.

Obviously the power switches on both lamps need to be easily accessible from the bed. In order to position the on/off switch in a convenient and easy to reach location, while still keeping the cord mostly out of sight, I used another of my favorite Command products. They are called Picture Hanging Strips, but they are good for so much more than that.

The picture hanging strips come in pairs that stick together like velcro, so I placed one strip on the back of the lamp's power switch...

How to hide lamp cords

...and I attached the other half of the picture hanging strip to the side of the desk leg. I chose a spot that was easy to reach whether sitting at the desk or laying in bed.

How to hide lamp cords

Then all I had to do was press the two halves of the picture hanging strip together, and the on/off switch was securely held in place at the back corner of the desk. I did the same with the nightstand lamp on the other side of the bed.

how to hide cords and wires

At this point, I could have used a couple of Command Round Cord Clips to hold the cord in place the rest of the way down the desk leg. But the clear cord naturally hung nicely down the leg of the white desk, and because it's positioned so close to the bed, it's barely visible.

How to hide lamp cords

Ta-da! No more cord dangling behind the mini-desk.

How to easily hide lamp cords

Not only does it look nicer now, but it makes it much easier to turn the lamp on and off without having to get out of bed! Style and function - my favorite combination!

How's that for a little five minute magic on a Friday? Now you see it, now you don't!

How to hide cords and wires

If you'd like to see more of our guest room {which was inspired by a hotel where we stayed on our honeymoon in Greece}, you can take the full guest room and guest bathroom tours. I also have a post jam packed full of tips for creating a comfortable and inviting space for guests.

I also have lots of examples of ways that I've used Picture Hanging Strips to solve other decorating dilemmas, like layering canvases to create larger scale art and creating a record-covered feature wall.

Have a great holiday weekend, friends! I'll be back on Monday with a tour of our summer backyard {if the rain stops long enough for me to take the photos, that is}.

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