Finding a solution for internet routers, cords, and wires in a living room is not easy. Some homes have routers in a hall closet, but when we purchased our home (built in the 1990s) the cable hookup was in the living room. For months our modem, wireless router, and server sat on the floor of our living room while my husband and I discussed hidden solutions for our wire problem.
My husband considered building a custom console table along our long wall, but he is in a busy season with work and doesn’t have extra time for a DIY project. I searched online for mid century style cabinets and found several for over $1,000 and then l looked around on Amazon. I found an affordable furniture piece that hides our cords and wires, is shallow enough to maintain walking space next to our sectional, and has design lines my husband and I both like.
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Living Room Before
Cords, routers, and wires everywhere!
Assembling the Mid Century Style Console
When my husband built our new mid century style console he was impressed with the quality (it feels stronger than an IKEA piece). This is not a solid wood furniture piece, but we like the design with tapered legs and for the price it was a good fit for our living room! The dimensions of this console are 59” long, 17” tall, and 13.5” deep. We like the depth of this piece because we can still walk on the right side of our sectional. If you are looking for a smaller furniture piece, they do make a smaller 48” console in the same style.
The console has mid century lines with tapered legs and walnut veneer. When we purchased it, the piece was just over $200. Compared to other furniture pieces we looked at online from CB2 and West Elm for $1,000-2,000… this furniture piece was a good deal! We also don’t own a truck or SUV, so free shipping to our home was helpful.
We left the back off of the mid century style console and some space between the wall and furniture piece for air flow. We store our TV remotes in the middle drawer, and our other electronics (including our modem, wireless router, and server) on the left and right sides. The slatted glass doors slide for easy access.
Before we ordered the mid century style console, wires and internet cords covered our living room floor. Not attractive! We considered building a custom piece of furniture, but when we found this piece at an affordable price in the right dimensions, we decided to give it a try! It blends in with our decor and hides all of our router cords & wires. It was a great solution for our living room wires!