Hemnes printerhack

Published on February 6th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Hide-Away Printer Hack

Hide-Away Printer Hack

Materials: Hemnes Dresser, computer printer, hinges

Description: My {sort of} How To Turn a Drawer into a Hide-Away Printer

I started with the Hemnes dresser from Ikea, if you’re familiar with it you know that the drawer fronts are attached with wooden dowels and two metal screws. I removed all the pieces allowing the front panel piece to be free-standing.

Hide-Away Printer Hack

Next, the particle board bottom is grooved into the front panel piece so in order for it to be able to fold down and back up the bottom board couldn’t go into that groove anymore so I just used an x-acto knife and cut it off.

Hide-Away Printer Hack

I used three 2&half” utility hinges and a right hand and left hand support hinge. The 2&half” utility hinges were used along the bottom of the drawer and the inside of the front panel of the drawer. And the left & right support hinges were used to help support the drawer front when open.

For each hinge (one on the far left, on the far right, and in the exact middle) I cut away a part of the bottom so the center of the hinge would sit in that area. Then supporting the front panel laying flat open, I screwed the hinge into place into the bottom drawer piece and the front panel. The bottom particle board is very thin so the screws of the hinge stick out through the bottom. To be sure they didn’t rip back out I used a size 6 washer and bolt on the underside of the drawer to help secure the hinge into place.

Hide-Away Printer Hack
Hide-Away Printer Hack

The last and final step drilling a small hole in the back of the drawer (through the bottom) to feed the power cable through to the printer. Our printer is wireless which I would imagine is crucial in being able to do this for your own project. The only cable leaving our printer is the power cable which made this a convenient project to do.

See more of the hideaway printer.

~ Pamela, of PB&Jstories

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Jules Yap

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8 Responses to Hide-Away Printer Hack

  1. It’s a pretty good idea, I think. Sure, it’s not new, but it can REALLY help free up some much needed space, and keep all the gadgets and wires out of view.

  2. albinka says:

    This idea not a new idea. I use this method from 1980. So, so.

  3. Laurel says:

    Great idea for hiding those ugly technological necessities.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Great job! Love your idea & your room.

  5. Katie says:

    I love this idea!!!

  6. Everything “hide-away” are my favourites :)

  7. Maria says:

    That is a real good idea, thanks for sharing.

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