How to Hide a Printer

Real talk: I’m pretty freakin’ PROUD of today’s super simple DIY solution and I’m 150% confident that you could recreate this look in your home with ZERO tools from the garage. If you have a kitchen knife and a wicker basket that fits your printer, you can do this!! <— finding the perfect basket is actually the hardest part of this project.

printer basketThe first thing you need is..the basket! I scored this basket at HomeGoods, and there were dozens of great basket options in their storage and organization aisles. to I liked that this one had a lid on it, but any basket could do the trick depending on your space/printer.

This is actually the first printer Matt and I have ever had in our house. Casey has been on my case to buy a printer for some time now and I’ve successfully resisted… until this summer.  Who wants a clunky printer in their house if they’re surviving without one just fine?

Eventually I had to break down and buy one so I could uphold some DIY Playbook responsibilities. I went with the smallest one I could find, which happens to be the same one Casey has. It’s a printer, copier and scanner all in one plus it’s CORDLESS and works on WiFi. I must have been out of the printer game for quite some time because I had no idea that there were wireless printers…. and for less than $100?! Where have I been?!

printerAlthough this printer is pretty petite, I still wasn’t a huge fan of having it exposed in our office if there was an alternative option. A little time in HomeGoods and a little knife carving later…. I was able to seamlessly incorporate the printer into our decor.

Supplies

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  • Printer <— this is the one both Casey and I have…and LOVE!
  • Basket (I bought mine at HomeGoods so I don’t have a specific link)
  • Knife… like this one
  • Scissors

printerI should have taken some before pictures of the basket, but I wasn’t planning on blogging about this project because I wasn’t too confident that my crazy idea would actually work. But it only took about a half hour and the printer was pleasantly camouflaged. Here are the super simple steps I followed to hide the printer.

5 step tutorial

Step One

Get a basket that fits your printer and put the printer inside of the basket. Mark exactly what areas need to be removed from the basket (ie. Place where paper is released after printing, place for your electrical cord to feed out).

printer supplies Step Two

My college culinary professor would probably shriek if she read this next part. Sorry Professor Rhodes, a DIY-er has got to do what a DIY-er has got to do in order to hide that eye sore. Take your kitchen knife and CAREFULLY cut through the wicker basket. The wicker should cut pretty easily, just be careful you’re not cutting on an angle or outside of the “lines”. I then took some scissors and cut the “fringe” that was left from the wicker cut leaving a clean-cut line.

printer backStep Three

Not so pleasant surprise: there was a wire running down the middle of the wicker basket that I needed to cut in order for the paper to feed out. I took some wire cutters and cut it just enough so that the paper could slide out. (this is a photo of the wire in the back, I kept that one but the front one looked the exact same)

printerStep Four

Place the printer in the basket, make sure everything lines up, fish the cord through the back, and you’re in business! I cut out the whole back of the basket… at the time it felt like the right thing to do. Unnecessary. However it did help me practice cutting before tackling the front of the basket, which I guess was helpful. No harm, no foul.

IMG_7502Step Five

Plug that puppy in and you’re done! Literally D-O-N-E and hopefully feeling as proud and excited as I was (and still am)!!

Every time I send something to the printer I’m once again amazed that I don’t need any cords from my computer (genius invention!). And when I go pick up the paper that magically popped out of a wicker basket, I’m once again excited. Who knew the one that was so resistant against a printer is now in love with hers?  As always, thanks for the push Casey…. what would I do without you? Hide Printer Tutorial

UPDATE:

diy-fauxdenza-organization-hidden-printerWant another easy and stylish way to hide your printer? Check out this post!Bridget Signature

  • Jo Abella

    Brilliant! BTW, what kind of printer did you buy?

    • HP Envy 4500 All-in-one (Printer, Copier, Scanner) — Wireless =)

  • Emily Dunham

    Such a great idea!

  • Summer Hogan

    Wow so clever! Love it!

  • Joanna Walters

    BRILLIANT. totally going to do this with my printer!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

  • Delighted Dwelling

    Yes!! I have been waiting for this tutorial!!! Love it!

  • Jan Her

    Wow!! I never thought to do that, LOVE IT!!! Thanks!

  • Amazing. Totally going to try with one of my IKEA storage boxes!

  • Happy you like it Kirstin! The white card catalog is from HomeGoods

  • jocelyn zinni-leonetti

    Best camo idea ever!

    • Thank YOU, Jocelyn!! It’s been almost a year since we tackled this project and the set-up is still working well so I would call it a big success. #secretstorageforthewin

  • Samantha Franklin

    Very clever idea – pinned for later 🙂

  • Valerie Ortiz

    AWESOME! Even better, I have the exact same printer and love the basket you chose…HomeGoods here I come!

    • That’s awesome Valerie! Happy to help! Good luck making it

  • We got the basket from Marshall’s and can’t find a direct link online, sorry Denise! We wish we could help more. =(

    Good luck and thanks for stopping by!!

    • Mrs K

      Lucky you, I have a big honking printer, lol.

  • Largo Faxon

    I just bought a basket to hide the living room cable box but have been afraid to cut it because I’m thinking the cut area will unravel or fray. Trying to think of a way to keep that from happening. Maybe I missed it, but was that a concern or issue? And I’m definitely looking into a wireless printer! Thank you for all the info!

    • Hi Largo! Fraying was not a problem/concern at all because this particular wicker was actually really strong (even after I cut through it). However, I’m not sure if that’s the case in all baskets.I would recommend cutting the basket outside because it does “shed” a lot in the process. After the initial cuts and getting everything set-up… there should be no additional shedding/fraying/mess.

      Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by, glad we could help. =)

    • Mrs K

      You could dab the ends with modge podge or e6000 glue.

    • Genius!! Great tip!

      Thanks for sharing =)

    • Mrs K

      No problem! Your idea is awesome!

  • Lynne Frantz Reed

    Love, love, love this idea! I’ve searched online for days looking for ideas to cleverly store (hide) files. I once had a leather cube that doubled as a file holder. Unfortunately, we got a Basenji who loved to chew EVERYTHING other than her chewiness. She destroyed iPods, the handle on a new recliner, and so on. She was beyond stubborn to the point that I gave her to a Basenji rescue group who had fosters with the right experience and fortitude for handling this breed. She’s living the good life now in a Manhattan apartment with 3 other Basenjis. Went waaayy off track there-sorry.
    Back to the hidden storage… so in my search for that item, I came across your brilliant, clever and intriguing printer storage! It had never crossed my mind to do this because of the size and shape of the various printers I’ve used.
    I’m downsizing from a large home to a two bedroom under 2,000 sq ft apartment. I’m selling my cherry and mahogany colonial and Queen Anne furniture and aiming for a casual beachy theme. Rattan? Perfect!
    I’m totally committed to using your awesome solution and have no qualms about buying another printer. The one you’re using does everything! Plus it’s an HP, not a cheap off brand.
    So I have two questions: 1: what are the dimensions of the basket? I want to ensure there’s space for the paper tray. 2: Now that you’ve used it for a while, would you do anything differently so you could access the paper tray, scanner, etc.?
    Kudos for your cleverness! If you don’t know, your idea shows up on tons of google searches! Lots of exposure!

    • Awww, thanks so much Lynne! If I were to do this project again I would probably buy a slightly bigger basket so that I could remove the printer easily if I needed to fix a paper jam or something like that. But I really do LOVE the solution and hidden storage. The basket I used was 19″ wide, 14″ deep and 10″ high. Hope that helps. Good luck! =)

  • Michelle Ross

    I’m concerned the basket would unravel since such large holes must be cut, especially for the paper.
    Also, did you cut an area for the machine’s paper tray to add paper or must you pull out the basket & then pull the printer out of the basket to add paper?
    Finally, how easy/difficult is it to change ink cartidges while the printer is in the basket?

  • K. K.

    I love the Super Easy to Cut & Make Printer disguise, however, I hate the look of baskets. I can’t think of any kind of substitute that could be cut without power tools. I live in a tiny city apartment & don’t know any handy guys that own any. Shoving a printer in a cabinet is an age old “solution” but certainly nothing I like nor would do. I don’t have the room to open (and keep open while my printer’s output tray is extended) the door and I must use my printer 3-5 days a week as I work part time from home. I was going to put my printer (along with an entire charging station area by just using a surge protector) in 1 of my deep closets that protrudes from the wall several inches, but I found out that it’s against “Code” to put anything electrical behind a door or wall here because it’s considered a fire hazard. And I would have to drill a 1″ hole into the closet wall to thread an electrical cord to the closest outlet. However, my apartment has a built in microwave that’s also the vent for the stove and it’s plugged into an outlet that’s behind a cabinet, so I don’t know why my building was allowed to do & still have the apartment pass inspection. Never the less, I don’t want to do anything “Dangerous or Illegal” even though they’re CONSTANTLY being done to much worse extents in this city.

  • Jenny Chambers Mucha

    Maybe another option would be to cut out the bottom…so when you have to load paper or fix a jam, all you would need to do is lift the basket off the printer! Love your idea…might try it for my office at work!

    • Love this idea, thanks so much for sharing Jenny! GENIUS!