vacuum built into a drawer
Photo: J. Curtis
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Hidden Vacuum Cleaner

What a cool idea! Hidden behind this hinged faux drawer front is a vacuum hose that's attached to a canister vac hung from the floor joists in the basement below. It's a perfect crumb picker-upper for the kitchen. And where there are kids, there are cookie crumbs, so Eric rigged up his own spin on central vac, using a $40 shop vac and some ingenuity. After hanging the canister from the basement ceiling, he threaded the hose up through the floor and into a bottom drawer in the island that faces the dining area. A drawer front flips down to reveal the hose and wand, and a switch built into the cabinets turns it on. Now the kids take turns vacuuming as part of post-dinner cleanup.

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