We had a little problem with our central heating panel. Nothing major, just that if we touched the wall in a certain way, we put the heating on and didn’t realise it.
The previous owner, designer or installer (whatever) has put the panel right by the door and although Hubby said he could move it, it meant having holes to fill to ‘make good’, and neither of us were that keen.
So we had to think about the problem and find a solution that wouldn’t cost a lot, would look tidy and not out of place.
We came up with the idea of putting a wooden ‘D’ shaped handle over the offending button, so that if we did press the panel accidentally, it wouldn’t trigger, but would still be easily accessible when we wanted to engage it.
What a surprise, we couldn’t find a suitable handle.
Plan B was to buy a ‘battery box’ and cover the entire panel completely. The nearest size to fit was black (and ugly in my opinion) and cost almost £5, which as a solution wasn’t bad.
Browsing along the shelves, I found a bargain bucket with 5 cassette tape holders for £1. They certainly looked big enough, and were hinged, so this looked hopeful.
Hubby thought it a good idea too, and so we also bought some double sided padded tape (will go in my card making box when we get it out of storage) in order to stick it to the wall.
Getting back home, he had to cut out part of the back of the box to cover the panel, but it did indeed look like it would work.
Three boxes, several swear words, a blunt knife and a cut finger later, Hubby finally had it in place, and it looks great.
Being a transparent box, we can see everything, and therefore won’t forget when we’ve turned it on.
Thinking outside the box.
Thinking round the box.
Putting a box within a box.
Box clever, eh?