How to Hide the Cable Box

how to hide the cable boxBefore we get to how to hide the cable box, I need to give you the backstory on this space. My 1-car garage turned family room has some hidden features, which started out as problem areas. On one side we had an electrical box and on the other, we had a weird little door that opens into some storage space which is actually under our stairs and houses some water pipes. We really weren’t sure how to cover this up but still be able to access them.

GAR ProbSo my husband’s cousin, Robert, who did a lot of the construction in our garage, came up with the idea of building the wall out on the left and adding a flat panel door, that opens with a push. I knew I wanted both sides to be symmetrical, so we decided we would do the same on the right side.



The panels blend almost seamlessly.


Since we mounted the TV above the fireplace, I had to figure out how to hide the cable box. So my husband used the space behind the panel door to put our cable box in. We then purchased an IR (or infrared) receiver kit*. This is a device that plugs into the cable box on one side and has a small “eye” on the other side that your remote control transmits to. So instead of the large cable box, you just have this small “eye” visible. Genius.

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If you would like to find out more about how the IR adapters work, you can read about them here. Next is a picture of the right side, where there was a weird door. We keep our painting supplies in there as well as the Christmas decorations, it’s bigger than it looks.

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When creating the bump-out on the fireplace wall, my husband had the great idea of making a little storage space behind that wall to house game consoles & accessories. What would have just been wasted space is now very useful.

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When we were planning this space, these two areas really posed a challenge. What were our problem areas, actually turned out to be useful for storage.

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert H. Schuller


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A step by step guide showing you how to hide the cable box for a clean look under the TV. It's easier to do than you might think!




  1. You did such a wonderful job with this space! I imagine it was hard to give up the storage space of the 1-car garage, but WOW did you get a lot in return! Love the way you incorporated the “problem” areas and actually turned them into great enhancements for your room!

  2. Do you have a how to on the bump out hideaway space on the fireplace wall?

    1. I’m sorry, I don’t have a post on that. We hired a contractor to do that.

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