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Reclaim Your Home: Power Cords



Tape is one way you can decorate your power cords to go from drab, to fab.

Photo: Bambula

School is back in session and fall is just around the bend. After the footloose days of summer, it's time to (literally) plug back in.

Computers, lighting, and chargers mean power cords galore! If you're tired of trying to stuff power cords out of sight, try one of these ideas for letting them shine.

 

That's a wrap!

With just a small piece of fabric and a few stitches you can create a stylish, custom cord cover in about ten minutes tops. Go over-sized and scrunchy or snug and streamlined. Choose a subdued fabric to blend with other furnishings or create a little flair with contrast and color. (Click the photo source links below for easy how to's!)

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Photo: Let It Shine

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Photo: By Stephanie Lynn

Tape tips

If you haven't discovered the endless fun and practical uses for Washi tape, you are in for a treat! With tons of cute designs to choose from, you can dress up cords or any other unsightly element in your home in mere minutes. Electrical tape also works in a pinch, but isn't nearly as fun.

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Photo: Design Love Fest

Wrapping cords with jute or yarn can produce some beautiful results. The tight weave also makes for a tidy appearance and keeps cords clean.Weave

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Photo: The VOW

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Photo: Brit + Co

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Photo: Design Sponge

Front and center

Who says a cord has to be ... just a cord? Put that power cord front and center and turn it into art! Map out your design in advance and determine the length of cord required to get it done. You may want to swap out your existing cord for one that's extra long so you can get as extravagant as you like. No matter what you create, you can bet it will be one of a kind! (Click here for how-to instructions.)

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Photo: Maisie Broadhead

A few smart companies, such as Monkey Business, are onto this trend and are selling decorative wall clips that transform power cords into a pretty scene. I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of these designs before too long!

 

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Photo: Brit + Co

 

Power cords are a reality, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring or stuck out of sight. Rather than fighting the cord chaos in your own home, have some fun with it. Anything can become art with a little vision and effort!


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Sara Eizen is a Seattle-based interior designer and home organizer with a passion for helping busy families reclaim style and space in their homes on any budget. In a bi-weekly column for Seattle's Child, Sara shares creative, fun, affordable tips and tricks for clearing clutter, sprucing up rooms with minimal effort, creating systems that simplify family life, and much more.

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