Pin-Win: Hide Your Router With Old Books

Hodgins: So, for kicks you read —
Cam: Feminist trash. You know — woman finds her power, leaves her oppressive husband, discovers freedom and fulfillment with an artist who knows how to cry and make love like an animal.
Hodgins: So, sex books.
Cam: Pretty much, yeah.-Bones

Since we got our built ins, I’ve been completely satisfied with how they look, but for one thing: the electronics shelf. I couldn’t stand the how awful the router and modem looked. I won’t even get into the cable box, because I know that would be a royal pain to hide, and I do like checking the clock. So I went on a mission to figure out how to hide the cords, router and modem instead.

I found this great idea on Pinterest, from Apartment Therapy. She used an old book and just cut the pages out and plopped the router inside the cover instead. I decided that’s what I would do too.

Cutting books up makes me cringe, no matter how cheap. So I was careful to keep the pages intact, so I could use the paper jackets to cover them and still have the books to read, just in case. I also only had to cut two books to make this project work. The rest I either already had, or I found on sale at the used book store. Can you tell which books are hollow and which aren’t? You can if you look from the side, but straight on they look intact to me!

So here is the mess that the electronics shelf was in before:

hide your router with old books

Look at that hot mess. There’s just crap everywhere.

And this is what it looks like now:

old books to hide electronics

I think I could probably put a few more books on the shelf and hide the antenna of the router a little more, and maybe add one more book to the far right to hide the plugs. I could also find a book that’s the same size as the Playstation 3, and one for the wii and cover those up. Still, it looks so much better than before.

old books to hide router and other electronics

So what do you think? Have you had a pin-win lately?



    That does look awesome! I should haunt Pinterest more often, but that bug hasn’t bit me, yet.


    Freakin’ genius. I love it! I’m still trying to figure out the best way to get built-ins on either side of our fire place. I’m torn between (a) Trying to find bookshelves that take up the bulk of the space that won’t break the bank, (b) Having my dad help me and hope they don’t come out looking too awful, and (c) Giving up and hiring someone from Craig’s List.


    That’s awesome!


    There are quite a few projects that are super cool that require cutting books up…which makes me cringe too, but I love how that turned out and I’m going to be a book cutting fool one of these days!!


    it looks great!! 🙂

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