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How to Hide Lamp Cords inside Furniture

I recently came up with a great idea for how to hide lamp cords inside furniture – you can’t do this for every piece, but it works so well with my DIY IKEA hack floating credenza!

Lamp cords + furniture have long stumped me.  Many years ago I read an article that exposed decorating magazine tricks, like temporarily taping lamp cords to furniture for photos or photoshopping them out completly.  I felt cheated!  And deflated.  If the design experts and interior decorators of the world couldn’t show us how to hide lamp cords in the real world, I figured it was impossible.  After we welded Hubby’s desk, a genius reader asked if we could our fit lamp cords through the hollow square tube legs.  We couldn’t, but that’s when it dawned on me: if we were making/DIYing our own furniture, why weren’t we creating secret spots for lamp cords?!?  If we had chosen wider tubing, the reader’s suggestion for how to hide lamp cords would have been totally feasible.  It definitely got me thinking.  The dining room credenza was our first opportunity to create a lamp cord solution.  As you already saw, we drilled holes through our DIY wood top and threaded the lamp cords down into the unit, and out of sight.

How to hide lamp cords in furniture

What you didn’t see was the inside of the cabinet:

Put lamp cords inside of furnitureIkea hack: hide funiture cords inside Besta units

To manage the cords, which are threaded to the outlet behind the centre unit, Handy Hubby drilled a 1.25″ hole (using a hole saw) between the Besta units.  Using a jigsaw, he then notched out the back of the two shelves in the centre unit to allow the cords to be routed down the back and to the outlet positioned conveniently behind the wall-mounted credenza.  We created a hold for the outlet and now the lamp cords go directly down near the base of lamp, run along the top of the credenza and meet at the outlet, where they are plugged in.  When the credenza is full of china and linens, you don’t even see our hack! 

Dealing with lamp cords

Honestly, I stop and admire our floating credenza daily, because it just looks so polished  not having dangling cords makes such a difference!  Recently we added furniture grommets to complete the look and make the holes we drilled look finished.  Furniture grommets are just little caps that slide into a hole and make it look tidy, similar to the function of fabric grommets.  The grommets we bought (from Lowe’s) were so easy to install: we just pushed them into the hole.  Done.

Silver furniture grommets

Next time I need to hide lamp cords, I’m going to order the grommets before we make holes.  It seemed like 1.5″ was a common size for grommets, so we made the holes that size.  When I went to actually order them, weeks after putting the top on the credenza, I realized that many of the available 1.5″ grommets looked more appropriate for an office conference table.  The sleek, metal ones I wanted were all a different size.  (You know, for someone with a PhD, sometimes I really bomb in the areas of research and preparation).  I was thrilled when I finally tracked down these silver plastic ones at Lowe’s.  They were $17.00 for the pair, which I thought was a bit steep for two plastic rings (and they’re not even turquoise!), but they look great and don’t feel cheap, so I think they were worth the price.  And the six hour drive to Minneapolis, MN to pick them up.

If you’re going to add furniture grommets, find the ones you want before you drill the holes.  The styles and sizes really vary, but there is an abundance online.  This pair is cute and so is this one.

Do dangling lamp cords ever bother you?  Do you have any fabulous suggestions how to hide lamp cords?  I’m on the hunt for more ideas!

How to Hide Lamp Cords Inside Furniture



  1. cathaea
    September 24, 2014 / 1:05 pm

    This is the best "faux denza" I've seen around the blogosphere. Are the doors for this besta unit still available at Ikea? I've been trolling their website trying to build something similar because I really like the sea-glassy look of your unit but they are either discontinued or I am blind. Both options are equally plausible.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 25, 2014 / 1:52 am

      Thanks so much! I will unearth my catalog and take a good look. I haven't seen them online before – not while I was pricing things out, anyway. I had to actually go in store to see them. Is there an Ikea near you?

  2. stephanie, sandpaper and glue
    September 24, 2014 / 1:24 pm

    This idea is so clever– when I turned my closet into a desk I made SURE to remember to drill a hole for my computer cord in the back corner. I am in a constant battle with the fan on our side table though… and the skinny metal legs of the table don't help. blarg.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 25, 2014 / 1:53 am

      I now want to drill holes in all of my furniture, lol. I have the same skinny metal leg problem with my nightstands, but luckily those lamp cords are clear-ish so they aren't so noticeable. But I hear ya! I'll put on my thinking cap…

  3. Rick
    September 24, 2014 / 5:41 pm

    I don't have any ideas for you but I really like yours and will definitely look into doing the same for my pesky chords.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 25, 2014 / 1:54 am

      I will have to do a round up of some great cord-battling idea because I'm sure there are more out there. Mine's so specific.

  4. cred
    September 26, 2014 / 1:39 am

    This looks so polished- I love how it turned out.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 26, 2014 / 5:01 am

      Thanks!! I'm so pleased with how polished it looks. No one who sees it in real life guesses it's an Ikea hack!

  5. Designwali
    September 26, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    I love how it all looks. I adore those candles.

  6. Marigene
    September 14, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    Tanya, I have a question on the Iittala Festivo candlesticks…are the ones that are signed the only authentic candlesticks? I have really like the looks of them, so I started a collection and my sister bought me several. Only 1 is signed.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 16, 2015 / 2:35 pm

      As I understand it, not all of them were signed. My collection from my grandmother, which I know is 100% authentic, is unsigned but when I purchased a few more in the classifieds, some were signed. There are fakes, though, but when compared side-by-side with the real festivos, they look obvious. This article has great photos:, as some antique dealers/etsy sellers have tried to pass off the fakes as the real thing. Happy collecting!! I'm so excited to hear you've started a collection – and how lovely and thoughtful of your sister to purchase some for you!

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