Do you ever get really tired of looking at the various techie devices that always seem to go along with the television? We decided a long time ago to ditch cable, instead we use a Roku stick to watch Hulu, Netflix etc.
The Roku Stick hides behind the tv on it's own, so the only thing we are left with is the Playstation, which doubles (or I guess triples) as our Blu-Ray/DVD player. Even though it's only one relatively small and harmless looking device, I didn't really love looking at it.
When we first built this industrial shelf, it took some time for me to figure out how to style it. I really wasn’t sure what I wanted on there or how to set it up. The only thing I knew right off that bat was that I did NOT want to have to see our playstation or the printer.
The printer solution is a story for another time, but today I want to show you how I hid the playstation.
Have you ever seen this style of decorative box? I found this one at Home Goods, and they had a huge selection. I actually brought home 5 to choose from because I couldn’t decide. After having everyone I know offer their opinion, I (we) settled on this one and returned the other 4.
I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do with it, I just knew I needed some airflow and a way to get the cords into the back.
So I drilled some holes,
ran the cords through,
and plopped the playstation inside.
My intention was to simply leave the lid propped open when we were actually using it.
I quickly figured out that the propped lid did not create nearly enough airflow and the playstation was in danger of overheating. So I cut so big holes in the back.
That still wasn’t enough airflow, and by then we had figured out that accessing the USB ports in the front was a bit challenging.
So I finally went all the way. I sliced open the front/side corners so that the entire front section folds down.
For those of you still paying attention after all my failed efforts, :-) if you are interested in using this idea, the correct method is to cut a big ole hole in the back, and then slice open the front corners. Just make sure that the hole in the back doesn't jepordize the structure of the box, since the front slits obviously do.
What took me about 4 days of trial and error should only take you about 3 minutes! Just don’t cut yourself.
and now my beautiful shelf doesn’t need to feature that ugly boring playstation.
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