Hiding a Lamp Cord

Although I’ve finished all of the big projects in my 1st guest bedroom, there were still a few small things that I needed to add and tweak. One of the things I wanted to add was a lamp on the desk in the bookcase. There is no overhead lights in this room and I am only able to fit one nightstand with a lamp, so this room needs all the lighting help it can get. When I finished the room in April the bookcase looked like this…

Hiding a Lamp Cord | Chatfield Court.comThere’s already an outlet in the desk niche so I thought it would be the perfect place to put a lamp.

Hiding a Lamp Cord | Chatfield Court.comI auditioned several lamps for the spot and the one problem I kept having was the cord…there was no place to hide it. I did try using books and trays to help camouflage it but I wasn’t liking the way it looked.

Hiding a Lamp Cord | Chatfield Court.comMr. C² suggested we shorten the lamp cord but I would still see some of the cord and the plug and I knew that it would bug me every time I walked in that room. Since there is also an outlet under the desk, I decided to drill a hole in the desk so the cord could be pulled through and plugged in underneath.

Hiding a Lamp Cord | Chatfield Court.com Because I didn’t want a huge hole in the desk, we drilled a hole just big enough to fit the plug through and right where the lamp would sit. This way the base could cover the hole.

Hiding a Lamp Cord | Chatfield Court.comJust a simple thing that kind of solved the problem. Although I have the stool tucked under the desk, you can still see the cord hanging down so putting a pillow on it helped hide it. I will eventually change the brown cord to a white one so it blends in with the bookcase.

Hiding a Lamp Cord | Chatfield Court.comAs you can see, I removed the starburst mirror that I had up in the bedroom reveal photos (the first photo in this post). I’m still working on this area but it just seemed like too much with the mirror and lamp. Now I just need to decide between the bird lamp and the tall one.

Hiding a Lamp Cord | Chatfield Court.comMaybe I’m being picky but cords are just one of those things that I don’t like to see in my room.

Do you mind if there are cords showing in your room? Which lamp do you like best, the bird lamp or the taller lamp? If you want to see more pictures of this room, check out the guest bedroom reveal here and the all the details and sources here.

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  1. MaryJean
    Wednesday,July 30, 2014 / 1:11 pm

    I like the bird lamp better. It seems to fill the space better. The tall one seems like it “just there”. You are right the mirror would be too much with the lamp.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 30, 2014 / 5:48 pm

      Thanks MJ. I like the bird but was afraid that it looked a little small in the large niche. I appreciate your input.

  2. Wednesday,July 30, 2014 / 3:15 pm

    This is such a smart idea! It looks so much better than having a cord showing and in your way.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 30, 2014 / 5:43 pm

      Thank you Paula!

  3. Thursday,July 31, 2014 / 5:48 pm

    I love the bird lamp! If it seems too small to you, why not add a couple of books underneath or a pretty box.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,July 31, 2014 / 6:04 pm

      Thanks Gina! I love it too. Still looking for a pretty box to give it some height. Appreciate your feedback. Sometimes you look at something so long you aren’t sure what to do. 😉

  4. Nancy
    Wednesday,June 10, 2015 / 11:55 am

    Great idea! FYI, they do make cord covers that are self sticking–And they come in white! I have several in my house hiding the unsightly cords!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,June 11, 2015 / 1:11 am

      Thanks for the info Nancy! I actually did know about them but they didn’t work in this application. Great idea though.

  5. Linda
    Monday,May 23, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    You could easily shorten the cord so that it wouldn’t hang down so much. Or just tape it up to the underside of the desk.
    Love the way you styled the shelves!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 24, 2016 / 11:31 pm

      Thanks, Linda. We could have shortened the cord but I wanted to use the lamp in other places without worrying about an extension cord. Even if we shortened it, we still would have had to drill a hole in the desk to put the cord through.

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