This summer will go down in the annals of our family history as The Summer of Many House Projects. (Take my word on this: all things become more official when you capitalize them.) I hung eight curtain rods, painted four rooms, refurbished three tray tables, built two garage shelving units, fashioned homemade curtain weights, and added several decorative touches like a sleek detergent dispenser.
But I have not yet told you about my favorite project: the computer desk.
In order to design a functional and spacious work center, I purchased an eight-foot pre-cut board, painted it with three coats of high-gloss Cabbage Green, and propped it over two filing cabinets. This desktop gleams with a refreshing pop of color, and simple decorative accents -- like the shelf, mirror, and lamp -- pull the workspace together. It finally looks finished.
But I still haven't gotten to the best part yet: what's underneath, or more accurately, what you're not seeing -- and what my children are not yanking -- underneath.
Despite my best efforts to tame the beast of tangled wires, those pesky buggers refuse to comply. So, I've hid them by building a Computer Wire Modesty Panel. (Yes, that's an official term. You know this because it's in capital letters.)
There are three easy steps:
Step One: Measure and gather your materials. You'll need: 1) a thin plywood sheet that's long enough to cover the width of your desk opening (I snagged mine for just $6 at Lowe's), 2) a swatch of fabric that's long enough to wrap the plywood, with a few inches to spare per side, and 3) the same amount of batting to cushion the fabric and prevent fraying at the edges.
Step Two: Wrap the board with the batting, tug tightly to remove any wrinkles, and staple the batting in place. (Since my plywood was so thin, I was able to use a regular office stapler.) Repeat the same process with the fabric itself.
Step Three: Slide that bad boy into place.
The functionality, of course, is that the board can be quickly removed to access the wires easily.
The beauty, of course, is that those unsightly computer wires are hidden. Take a moment with me and bask at the sight of such unobtrusive organization:
It's a foregone conclusion: even computer wires benefit from some modesty.
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