How To Hide TV Wires And Enjoy A Tidy Look

Do you have an electronics enthusiasm that has you living in a jungle of cords? Or maybe you just installed a flat panel TV on the wall and have no way of hiding the TV cables? You may already know where the best place to put your TV in the living room or the bedroom is, but you have a hard time with its cables. For many homeowners figuring out how to hide TV wires and cables can be frustrating. Don’t worry; we are here to help!

lcd tv on wall with remote, wireless internet access point and set top box

Gaming consoles, wall-mounted TVs, soundbars, HDMI cables, Android boxes, Blu-ray players, cable boxes, and so much more have one thing in common; cords! Thankfully, there are many creative ways to hide TV cords around your home. Check out the following cord management solutions below. You can either buy or DIY to hide or disguise every cable in sight and permanently improve your home’s organisation!

Hide wires with cord covers on the wall

In the area of the room where you have your TV, you’ll find a tangled mass of wires and cables. There you’ll also find the box of cables, DVD player and gaming system, along with their associated power cords. If the cords dangling from the wall-mounted TV distract you from what’s on-screen, you can conceal them using cord covers. You can hide cables on a wall with a cord cover easily and in a short time. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Measure your wall to determine the length of the cords you want to cover. 
  2. Get a cord cover from any hardware store and cut it to match the length you just measured. 
  3. With a pencil, mark the anchor points on the wall. To make sure they are straight, use a level.
  4. Use screws and anchors to mount the cord cover’s base to your drywall
  5. Lay your cables over the base and snap the cover on to conceal. 
  6. To hide cords in a stylish way, paint the cover to blend it in with your wall. 

Paint the cable raceway to hide TV cords in plain sight

One of the easiest ways to hide wires is to use paint

  1. Purchase paint to match the wall and any piece of furniture around.
  2. Organise your wires inside a cable management raceway.
  3. Hide them all correctly.
  4. Paint the entire raceway the same colour as your wall.

Cable channel on the wall

Get a stylish entertainment unit

An entertainment unit sounds entertaining, right? But it can also come practical; You can neatly conceal all these unsightly wires in the unit’s back panel! Not only that, but you will also have space to put away your music system, speakers, DVD player, CDs and anything else you may wish to store. Design your unit to look good with your living room décor, and customise the storage spaces to fit in everything you need to tuck away out of sight. 

Hook cords to the back of the furniture

You can make dangling cords disappear quickly when you anchor them to the silhouette of the nearest furniture. All you need to do is adhere to clear Command Cord Clips along the back edges of the furniture. Before you hook your wall cables, press the clips in place for 30 seconds and leave them for about an hour. Then, you can join in one or more cords and have them run neatly down the legs of your console.

Feed wires through a TV stand

An alternative to a big entertainment unit is a TV stand. You can either purchase one or, if you’re feeling a bit craftier, you can create built-in cord storage into the design of your DIY TV stand. You can make a stand from scratch with reclaimed wood, following one of the many DIY tutorials available online. When it’s ready, just run the cords down the groove in the leg to keep them out of sight.

TV stand with TV on in a living room

Hide electrical cords with flex tubing and cable ties

You can conceal any power cords with a length of flex tubing and some cable ties. To do so:

  1. Bundle the power cables with the cable ties and snip off the ends as needed. 
  2. Measure the cords’ length you want to conceal. 
  3. Then, measure and cut the flex tubing to match this length. 
  4. Cut your tubing lengthwise
  5. Finally, pull the tube apart and wrap around the wires that you tied together.

Use a cord hiding-cable concealer kit

You can purchase and use a packaged kit to run your TV wires safely behind the wall. You can find these in any home improvement store. Wondering what comes in the kit? You’ll discover corrugated plastic tubes with connected outlets, cover, long extension cord, saw bit for a power drill, fish tape and paper template. Here are the steps on how to install a cord hiding kit in a wall:

  1. After placing the TV wall mount bracket on your wall, you need to figure out where the 2 holes need to go. The top one should be hidden behind the TV and the bottom one closer to the floor and near an existing wall outlet. There the cords and the kit’s power source coming out of the wall will be plugged into.
  2. Using a circular drill bit, make the holes.
  3. Push the tube and cord through the top hole, following the kit’s directions.
  4. The top part of the power cord has an outlet. You should plug the TV into this behind the TV.  At the bottom opening, you should then plug in power to an existing wall outlet.
  5. Using the screws that come with the kit, secure the outlet to the wall behind the TV. That’s where you plug in the TV, and the rest of the cords should go through the tube.
  6. Thread the cables through the tube and out the bottom hole and connect to the TV’s back on the wall and cable box/DVR below.
  7. After you decide where to place the holes in the wall, you should get the lower one as close as possible to an existing wall outlet. After you pull the tube and cords out of the bottom hole, you need to put the plugs into the wall outlet, depending on how close a wall outlet is. If you have more than 2 plugs, you can plug in a multi-outlet power strip.  All done! 

Hide the cords into a drawer

You can do away with the eyesore of a clunky strip parked on the floor just by making a few creative modifications to a desk drawer.

  1. Using a hole saw bit attached to your power drill, drill a hole into the back panel of the desk drawer located near a wall outlet. 
  2. Feed the strip cable through the hole and use a double-sided adhesive to mount the power strip’s back to the same drawer panel. 
  3. Create a space for each gadget to rest while it charges in your drawer as you plug electronics into the strip

big, new TV on TV stand in living room

Hide tv wires behind the wall using recessed cable plates

The best solution for keeping the cords of your wall-mounted TV out of sight involves hiding them behind the wall, using recessed cable plates. This is an easy and effective method for post-TV mounting wire concealment if you have drywall! Here’s what to do:

  1. Remove your TV from the wall.
  2. Use a stud finder to find 2 stud-free sections of the wall: one behind where your screen would sit and another further down the wall near an outlet. 
  3. Use a utility knife to make your cuts in these 2 previous sections.
  4. Attach drywall saw bit to a power drill and fit 2 cable plates.
  5. Feed the cords in and out of the wall. 

Stash wires and routers in a “book”

Your modem can appear out of place almost wherever you fit them, especially on the shelves. You can create a DIY router cover using this easy tutorial:

  1. Get a binder that’s wide enough to fit your router.
  2. Cover the back, front and spine of the binder with colourful scrap fabric, or the genuine jacket of an old book, using hot glue.
  3. Slip your router upright inside the binder.
  4. Sandwich the binder vertically between some books on a desk, end table, or shelf so that the cables discreetly run down the wall’s length behind your furniture. Voilà!

Get a cable management box

If you can’t use zip ties or cord clips to hide your wires, you may consider using a cable management box. These are small plastic boxes large enough to hide your wires and even a small surge protector.

It’s essential to find a box with slits or holes around the side so that you can add your cables in different directions. If you have any children or pets around, you can keep the wires out of reach by placing the lid on top to conceal them. You can also find cable management boxes in several colours and sizes to choose the most appropriate one for you.

High Angle View Of Cable Management Box With Cables On Hardwood Floor

Create a charging station

Do you have several electrical devices in your home? Then, a well-located charging station is what you need! It is easy to build one and hide any wires and cords from view. Here’s how:

  1. Select a drawer or lower cabinet at your desk that is near an outlet. 
  2. Using a drill with a hole saw bit, drill a hole in the drawer’s back. 
  3. Insert a desk grommet through this hole.
  4. Feed a plug from the power strip through the grommet you drilled in the drawer’s back. 
  5. Put double-sided adhesive on the strip’s back and stick it to the drawer’s inside. You’re done!

Snake electrical cords through baseboards

Do you wish to eliminate the tripping hazard of an ethernet cable running the length of your living room, home office, or bedroom? The solution is to adorning existing baseboards in your room with skirting board cord channels. Self-adhesive, impact-resistant cord channels are a bit more than hollowed-out sections of plastic quarter moulding. Here’s how to mount the channels to your skirting boards:

  1. Peel off a channel’s adhesive backing.
  2. Press the channel’s back against a skirting board.
  3. Run an ethernet cable through the opening in the channel to hide and protect the wires from damage. 
  4. You can dress stainable and paintable baseboard cord channels to match any interior design aesthetic.

Cover cables on the floor

Unsightly cords on the floor can be a safety hazard if someone trips over them. We are sure you wouldn’t like for this to happen, right? To keep being safe and have a beautiful result, use cable protectors. These are thick covered plastic or rubber ramps designed to protect cables and wires from foot traffic. Some are even modular designed to allow pieces to connect.  

Close-up Of A Man's Legs Stumbling With An Electrical Cord At Home
Did you just buy a new TV? Does anything make an expensive flat-screen TV look worse than seeing a mess of unsightly wires sticking out its back? Thankfully, appearance-wise, there are many creative ways to hide TV cords around your entertainment hub! Keep in mind that in some cases that involve messing around with wires, you may need the help of an electrician to ensure a correct and safe installation! All you need to do is to check out our easy and practical suggestions on how to hide the cords around your home. Your guests may just mistake your new media set up for a wireless system!

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