12 Smart Tips for How to Hide TV and Other Wires in Your Home
The modern home is full of electric and electronic devices, from TVs to mobile phones and game consoles, and they all require wires and cables. Even so-called wireless devices still need charging, while the wireless charger still has a wire connecting the plate to the outlet. Until we can efficiently pass power through the air from one device to another, in the same way we can with radio and wireless signals, we will be at the behest of our cables.
Unfortunately, even the most organized among us still struggle to keep those wires tucked away and out of sight. Below, we have found 12 smart tips to help keep your home free from cable-based clutter and wires. But, remember, no matter the solution, it depends on you to keep it looking tidy.
The 12 Smart Tips for How to Hide TV and Other Wires in Your Home
1. Check Existing Furniture for Guides
A lot of TV stands and other pieces of furniture can snake the wires through the tubular framework and down the center of the console to the ground. This avoids having to drape wires around the back of the unit. Check existing furniture because, by the time you’ve added a second console, a third phone charger, and another TV box, you may have dispensed with using the cable tidies.
2. Hook Cords to Furniture Backs
If your stand doesn’t include this feature, you may be able to create your own. Rather than running cords through the inside of the stand, though, you can use hooks, attached discreetly in areas that are out of view. The wires can then be looped around the hooks. This not only trains the wires so that they retain the direction you want, but you can keep them reasonably tight so that they don’t loop and dangle all over.
3. Add Cord Storage to Your DIY TV Stand
If you make your own TV stand you have total control over the TV and wire placement. This means that you can add pipes and holes so that you can tidy wires away. Alternatively, incorporate gaps and holes into the design itself, and use small screw hooks that will affix the wires to the back of the wood.
4. Use Cord Covers
The cord cover is exactly that — it is a cover that sits on top of your cords. Different covers use different methods of attaching to the wall or other surface, including sticky back plastic or glue. You can get covers to match the color of your wall or other surface or those that you can color and paint yourself.
5. Duct Tape
Duct tape has an absolute multitude of uses. There are a few ways you could use it to hide wires and cables from view. You could duct tape over a wire or cable on your baseboard, and then paint over it to hide it. Alternatively, it is a great way of keeping two or more wires together. Create your own wiring loom. One hanging loom looks a lot less messy than half a dozen hanging wires.
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6. Make Art Out of Your Wires
You can always hide the wires in plain sight. Turn them into a cityscape or other design and attach them to the walls. If you really want to celebrate the look, you can combine the wires with some thin string lights so that your art shows up at night, as well as during the day.
7. Run Cords Behind the Wall
This is quite an extreme alternative, but it enables you to completely hide any wires and cables, and there are no space restraints which means that you can hide a dozen or more wires with one end disappearing into the wall right behind the TV and the other end protruding from the wall next to the socket.
8. Use Cord Tubes
Cord tubes take many forms. They come in a variety of colors and textures, and while they don’t necessarily hide all of the wires and keep them completely out of sight, they can then be attached to walls, backs of units, and in other areas, so that they are more discreet.
9. Use The Drawer
Many of us have an area in the hallways or living room where we keep the router, a telephone, a light, and potentially a few other cords. Why not combine the wires into a single cord tube, run this up the back of a small phone table, and then run the wires into and back out of the drawer. You may need to drill a hole in the back of the drawer but this will also allow you to hide the router and other equipment.
10. Add Baseboard Cord Channels
Most electrical sockets are at a height slightly above the baseboard of a room. Running a wire from the socket to the baseboard may only require a couple of inches of cord to be on display, and once the wire is here, you can conceal it inside a cord channel, available in white and a host of other colors to match the décor of your room.
11. Disguise Them In A Book
This is another solution for the ugly router problem. Create a book using some material and a folder, and then you can slide the router and its wires into and out of the container. This keeps the router safe while allowing you to keep everything out of the way.
12. Hide Your Router In A Box
Alternatively, you can use a box or other hamper. Ensure that there are holes to run the wires into and, if necessary, out of. The router can live inside the hamper, although you should ensure that there is enough airflow to keep everything safe and prevent it from overheating.
Hide TV And Other Wires
TV and electrical wires are an eyesore, but without them, we wouldn’t be able to have the TV, satellite, game consoles, phones, and other electrical devices. They are a necessary evil. Thankfully, using the 12 tips above, it is possible to create a space that is free from the clutter of cables and the tangle of wires.
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