9 most useful ways to hide TV wires and other cables in your home
Do your electronics have you living in a mess of cords? Wires dwell in a modern home and it is so frustrating to clean up the spider web of cords. Having the cord mess visible to everyone may drive you insane. After all, you love your flatscreen TV for its slim lines that let room design take precedence, and unruly TV wires only detract from that.
1. Hook cords to the back of your furniture
The first genius way is to anchor them to the silhouette of the nearest furniture. When you do this, the clutter of cords will disappear quickly. To do so, some adhesive and cord clips are needed. Adhere cord clips along the back edges of your furniture and there you go! But pay attention to pressing the clips in place for a few seconds before you run the cables down. This way works but the drawback is that the back of your furniture might not look good.
2. Hide TV wires with cable covers
The second knack is to use cable covers which not only clean up the mess but also leave no residue or damage on your furniture. If you're feeling annoyed with the jungle of cords that are distracting you from what's on screen, you need this. Just conceal them with cord covers like the DELAMU Cable Raceways and you will have peace of mind.
It is super easy to do so-just measure the span of the wall between the base of the screen and the floor—that’s the length of cord cover you need, and you can cut the DELAMU Cord Raceways to fitted size.
Then, mount the raceway base to the wall, lay the TV cords inside the channel, and snap the cover in place over the top. Additionally, If you would like to try some new ideas to make it blend into your home decor, you can also paint it with the color you like.
3. Use the J channel to hide the cables
J Channel raceways feature a curved J-shaped cross-section which allows the cables to be easily inserted by dropping them through the top. "J" keeps the cables in place. A special J-shaped open channel design allows easy access for adding or removing cables.
With the adhesive backing, just press it on the desired surface and you're good to go! J channel is commonly used on any flat hard surface. Due to their open nature, they cannot be used vertically like a latching raceway, and are usually found in use on desks to route computer cables and other related wires neatly and well off the ground.
4. Use desk cable management to organize the wire
The charging cord for your laptop and phone, USB hubs, mouse, and other odds and ends is the scourge of the modern work desk. Sure, we are going wireless at a large scale, but there are still plenty of cords snaking around.
To leave the pesky cable clutter out of sight, you deserve to try desk cable management like DELAMU Under Desk Cable Management Tray. Be it a power strip or a surge protector, a desk cable management tray is useful to hide the power strip and plug, hold unused cables in place and make you easily identify the cables.
5. Tuck TV cord chaos with tubes
You can also use tubes to tuck the cord chaos. But this could be a little bit hard. First off, you need to bundle the cords together in your hands, then wrap the pieces of flexible foam tubing around the wires to corral them into one larger one and minimize chaos.
Of course, in this way, huge cord chaos is minimized but this makes it a little bit difficult to take the cords out especially when you need a certain one.
6. Corral cables behind the couch
If you need some small space decorating ideas to prevent wires from making an already tiny room feel more cramped, you can try this crafty way-disguise the clutter of all those charging cords behind the couch. This is a cool idea but just be sure to keep drinks and other liquids away from the table’s electrical components.
7. Hide TV wires inside the wall
If you plan to buy a flat-screen TV especially when installed using wall TV mounts, you can try this.
* Use a stud finder to find a spot between two studs in the wall. Mark the wall where you want the upper and lower holes to go. The ideal location is one where there is a nearby outlet.
* Attach a drywall hole saw bit to a power drill. The bit must be the same hole size as the hole cover to ensure a secure fit. Drill the holes where you’ve marked them.
* Insert the cord or cords through one of the hole covers. Lower the cord from the upper hole and grab it with your fingers through the lower hole. Pull the cord through the second hole cover.
* Insert the hole covers and push them firmly into place.
8. Snake them through baseboard accessories
Eliminate the tripping hazard of an ethernet cable running the length of your home office, living room, or bedroom by adorning existing baseboards in the room with baseboard cord channels like DELAMU cable channels.
Once you run an ethernet cable—or any other cord, for that matter—through the opening in the channel, you will have a safer home. No more worries about pets chewing the cable and you don’t have to worry about the risks that your kids may stumble onto the cords.
9. Run wires and cables under the carpet
If you can lift the two locations of entry and exit of the carpet without causing damage. Rent or borrow an electrician's fish tape or better yet the fiberglass stiff fish rods to push a string through the pull the cable back through.
But make sure it is not in a traffic area as repeated crushing from footsteps will eventually damage the cable and cause a short. If the new location is not crossing a traffic area, e.g. hallway, adjacent room, etc., you may consider tucking the cable under the baseboard trim. I have found that coax can usually fit in that space.