Let’s be honest, Wi-Fi routers aren’t necessarily the most beautiful thing to look at, especially if you have a file Living room color scheme trying to stick to it. So it’s no surprise that people are flocking to TikTok to try out this easy and clever IKEA hack-hiding wireless router — and all you need is a woven basket.
TikTok user, Shayna Alnwick (Tweet embed (Opens in a new tab)Well known on the platform for flipping furniture and offering easy DIY tips and tricks, this one takes the cake. in This TikTok hack (Opens in a new tab)Shows how to easily hide a Wi-Fi router with a smart device hack ikea with IKEA SMARRA box with lid (Opens in a new tab).
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For the hack, Shayna uses scissors to make a hole in the woven basket that’s just big enough for her Wi-Fi router’s wires to attach (this hack works as a bonus if you find out too How to hide the wires). Once the wires and the router are in place, you put the cover back into the SMARRA box.
The end result looks clean, natural and elegant. No one will even be able to tell that you are hiding your Wi-Fi router there.
The SMARRA box with lid (Opens in a new tab)used for the hack, is available at IKEA and online for just £10 – a bargain if you’re considering how much it can help keep your home décor cohesive.
Even better, this hack doesn’t just stop at Wi-Fi routers but can be used to mask any view of a tech gadget inside your home. Basket size 30 x 30 x 10 cm (with a Bigger size (Opens in a new tab) Measures 30 x 30 x 23cm (also available for an extra £5) and is large enough to fit the likes of a TV box or video game console.
Although innovative in terms of decoration, the hack has also been met with some criticism from the people involved regarding the impact on the Wi-Fi signal of even the appearance of a fire risk.
To combat these concerns, fans in the comments claimed the hack is “great because you still have airflow that a lot of people forget.” Another person disagreed with the concerns saying that “a thin basket will not affect the strength of the wifi…it is able to penetrate walls and floors.”
Although the above arguments are valid, you should also be aware that the position of your router, regardless of whether it is hidden or not, Can affect its signal. So, as much as we love this hack, it may not be ideal for everyone’s home.
If you are struggling to find out How to make the internet fasterAnd the Plusnet (Opens in a new tab) She recommends placing your router centrally as “wireless broadband routers that travel from all directions in a circle,” so the more centrally you can place, the better the overall coverage of your home.
After that, they also suggest putting it in the open. “A good rule of thumb is for your router to always be visible” and this is where the TikTok hack gem comes in to play when you get the best of both worlds – visible but hidden Just Enough.
This trick is the perfect hack to hide those eyes and maintain your home’s aesthetic without having to think twice about getting creative. Will you try this trick?
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