Any suggestions about ways to disguise a paper shredder? I want it to be handy, in a place near my family “launch pad” on the kitchen counter or the antique washstand near our front door. I’ve wondered about baskets and anything that would camouflage it in the room.
I will wholeheartedly agree, Mary, that paper shredders are not the most attractive products on the market. And, since you’re keeping your shredder where you use it — brilliant! — I can understand why you want to hide it instead of proclaiming to the world LOOK! I HAVE A SHREDDER! RIGHT HERE!!
A nice laundry basket (I’m thinking something like this) might be large enough to hide a shredder. I’d keep the basket’s lid open during use, though, to minimize heat buildup. And, I’d also cut a hole in the back of the basket for the power cord to feed through.
If you’re rolling in dough, you could call the person who designed your kitchen cabinets to come out and build you a custom cabinet. I, however, am not rolling in piles of cash, so this wouldn’t be the option for me.
In my home, we have a bench just inside the front door and we have a small trash can and a small shredder stored underneath it. We know it’s there, but no one else does. Benches often work in homes with antiques (you mentioned the wash basin), so a bench might be something you could add that still works with your decor. Does your wash basin have space inside of it for the shredder? If it’s not a valuable piece, you could cut a hole in the back of it and run the power cable through it. If it’s a valuable piece, please ignore this last suggestion.
I know that Mary would love to get as many suggestions as possible, so please feel welcome to fill the comments with ideas. Keep on shredding!