Hiding Unsightly cable & satellite boxes and their cords.

Hiding Unsightly cable & satellite boxes and their cords.

If you have an older RV or Coach it may not come with all of the built-in components that today's modern coaches do. Whether you are a vintage travel trailer restorer, or enjoy tinkering and crafting to dress up your classic Class A motorhome, you may need a way to conceal electronic components. Here are some easy to follow instructions to hide cable boxes, satellite boxes, Roku boxes, DVD player, routers and more! These all clutter the living area, along with their cords and usually visually dominate the TV area. This handy DIY Cable box cover can easily be modified for any service box, and will hide all those cords!

HIDING THE CORDS:

First, gather all of the cords together and fasten them with a black zip tie. Once the cords are secure, use small wire cutters to snip the tail of the zip tie so that it isn't visible.  You can also use scissors to do this, it's just a little bit easier with wire cutters. If no zip ties, use electrical tape.
 
Next, sort through your hardback books and pick a few that are wider than your cable or satellite box, and a few that are more narrow. If you don't have any hardback books or need some more, Goodwill always has an amazing assortment, and garage or yard sales seem to always have books. Next, stack different books with the cable box until you find the perfect assortment.  The goal is to have a stack that hides the cords and doesn't cover any of the TV screen or any controls like the power button. Just an FYI: the DIY cable box cover doesn't interfere with the remote!  Keep reading for instructions to DIY your own pretty little cable box cover!

  
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

1. Decorative Aluminum Sheet - Make sure to NOT get a solid sheet but one with decorative cut-outs! Venitlation of electronics is important to avoid fires.
2. 1 red oak board.Supplies for cable box cover project
3. Copper tacks.  
4. Pliers.
5. Really sharp scissors.
6. Pencil.
7. Ruler
8. Sanding block or sand paper.
9. Optional: Drill bit set and power drill.  

DIRECTIONS:

1. Measure the depth of your cable box. 

2. Using this measurement, mark and cut your board.  Use a sanding block to smooth the edges. The wooden pieces will be the sides of the cable box cover.

3. Using the transparent ruler and a pencil, measure and mark 3" from the edge of the aluminum sheet.  Next, use a book or something with a hard edge to bend the aluminum at a 90 degree angle along the line that you marked.

4. Repeat step 3.  The measurement you will need for this step is the height of your cable box + the width of the oak board.  Our cable box was 1.5" high.

5. Add 1" to the depth of your cable box.  Use this measurement to measure and mark from the front edge of the cable box cover.  Cut along the line.

6. Using the pliers, fold the aluminum 1/2" over itself.  Bend the aluminum at a 90 degree angle so that the 1/2" piece on the back faces down.  


7. Close up of step 6.

8. Optional: Use a power Drill and a very small drill bit to create evenly spaced holes into the aluminum before attaching it to the wood sides using.

9. Optional: Line side board up to the edge of the aluminum.  Drill a hole through the wood using the hole in the aluminum as your guide.  Step 8 and 9 only make step 10 easier and are not necessary if you don't own a drill or the proper drill bits!

10. Hammer the copper tacks to secure the wood sides to the aluminum cable box cover body.

11. Repeat step 10 until the wooden sides are secure.  I didn't use a copper tack on the back side, only one tack on the front (one on each side).

12. Slide the cable box cover over your cable box and style the books below and on top of it!