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Ask The Readers: How Do You Camouflage Your Tech?

We love having a technology-packed house as much as the next geek, but not all our gizmos, gadgets, and peripherals are exactly Home and Garden approved. How do you enjoy all your tech without your living room and office looking like an electronics store?

Image courtesy of Weekly Geek’s DIY charging station tutorial.

Whether it’s to hide the insanely intense LEDS, minimize the visual clutter, or to boost the wife/husband acceptance factor of your geeky hobbies higher, there’s a variety of reasons for wrangling cables, hiding routers, or otherwise camouflaging your gear. This week we want to hear all about your tips for hiding or otherwise minimizing the appearance of gear around your home, office, and other personal spaces.

Sound off in the comments with your best tips, trick, and camouflaging techniques; check back in on Friday for the What You Said roundup.

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/13/12

Comments (19)

  1. r

    I put it in a drawer until I need it. When I need it I simply open the drawer.

  2. C.E. Frederick

    r, that’s genius! Have you patented this gadget-hiding drawer yet? No? Too late, I just did.

  3. r

    Ha!, I feel that this should be public domain :)

  4. triton

    i think apple beat you with the iDrawer.

  5. Codsu

    I dont camouflage it anyhow!

    Tech is sexy !

  6. TrentBentley

    Anything connected to my living room tv is in my bedroom and routed through the wall. I have an RF remote for cable box, dvd, and such. All the game systems work through the wall. THe only thing exposed is the Wii motion bar. The TV is on the wall and it all looks flawless.

  7. jasay

    I make my living room look like an Internet Cafe so anyone who needs a computer can come, grab a cup a coffee, a fresh baked slice of banana nut bread (napkins included) and check the morning, afternoon, evening haps. Quite the chaos.

  8. Tech Support

    I place a sticky note on my tech items such as my phone and it reads “This is not the phone you are looking for”. Has yet to be stolen.

  9. TechGeek01

    I think tech equipment has a certain appeal to it. As such, I don’t hide my tech gear at all. I do store it in a drawer, a wastebasket, a box or two, a backpack, and a few bags. My entire closet is also stuffed with parts for the computer that I’m building.

    In fact, I enjoy displaying my tech gear. Enough so that I bought a computer case with a window in it just for that.

    The trick with having so much tech gear is to keep good track of where everything is, including he $200 worth of cables.

    I consider cables and tech gear as a work of art, and always try to display them as such.

  10. infmom

    All I want is a place to hide the TV when we’re not watching it, so it looks like our living room does not contain a TV. Preferably something that doesn’t look like it’s designed to hide a TV.

    My parents never allowed a TV in the living room. They always had somewhere else to put it, but we don’t have that luxury.

  11. Black Knight Rebel

    You could have some sliding panels that open up to reveal a big tv on the wall. You know how some closets have doors that fold up to the left and right to reveal the closet entrance? You could use the same idea but on a wall-sized scale.

  12. Fritz Pinguin

    Put a curtain on the wall camouflaging your TV as a window… Or show a nonstop-video of a fish tank on it.

  13. keltari

    why would you hide it?

  14. Snowshoe

    Who cares what House Beautiful and Martha Stewart want?

  15. jthelw

    Has anyone mentioned ‘the-expensive-camera-in-a diaper-bag’>

  16. kb

    I keep my iPod shuffle in an Altoid’s tin….oops! Now you know :)

  17. fatoldtart

    It’s all in other rooms except for a mac mini attached to the tv, but that’s being replaced by a Raspberry Pi to make it more inconspicuous. Other rooms look chaotic!

  18. Tracey

    I crocheted my own covers for my android tablet and phone.I used a dense stitch, which provides plenty of padding. Although mostly I think of it as camoflage against theives: who would expect to find valuable electronics in a crocheted case? One of my co-workers referred to my craft project as a “droid cozy.” (like a tea cozy but geekier)

  19. spike

    I have a complex of drawers and shelves under a loft bed in my room. With everything closed, it looks like a cozy desk and relaxation area. Open any drawer and tech gear spills out :)
    At my work office, well, I arrange it all neatly on my desk – not enough drawers :)

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