5 Brilliant Ways to Hide Wires in a Room Without Going Into the Walls
Conceal that unsightly wire without hard labor!
Tuck Speaker/Low-Voltage Wire Between Carpet and Baseboard
Before you invest in any products, if there’s room you can tuck speaker wire between the carpet and the baseboard in a room with wall-to-wall carpet. To do this, you can simply use a ruler or paint stir stick to force the wire out of sight.
Here’s more on the tip, plus additional wire hiding information.
Install Plastic Raceways
If you can’t simply hide low-voltage wire under rugs and behind furniture, try using plastic raceways along the trim. You’ll find them in various shapes and sizes to work with the length and width of your wires. You can paint the raceway to match the wall or trim.
Here’s how to add outlets safely with surface wiring.
Invisible Wire Clamps
To conceal wire around a door, DIY your own wire clamps using a clear plastic soda bottle. To do this, simply cut the bottle into 1-1/2 x 1-in. strips, then loosen the trim with a small pry bar, wrap the plastic around the wire, and slide it between the wall and trim.
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Run Ghost Wire Along Wall
Sewell Direct offers “Ghost Wire” that’s a spool of 16 AWG speaker wire, about the width and thickness of duct tape. It has a strong adhesive on one side, so it can be easily run along walls, floors and under carpets. This invisible wire solution is a non-invasive and low-cost alternative to cutting holes in the wall. Check out Sewell Direct’s guide, which covers ghost wire, super flat adhesive speaker wire and a ghost wire terminal block.
Here’s how to install low-voltage outdoor lighting without wires showing.
Photo: Courtesy of Sewell Direct
Hide Wires Inside a Shower Curtain Rod Cover
If you’re mounting your TV to the wall and don’t want to install the wires inside the wall, you can hide the clutter with a shower curtain rod cover. You’ll want to lightly sand the cover, then paint it the same color as your wall. Fresh Crush has the DIY how-to steps.
You may also enjoy these 25 uses for tension rods (other than for hanging a shower curtain!).
Photo: Courtesy of Zenith
Originally Published: July 18, 2018
Alexa is an experienced lifestyle and news writer, currently working with Reader’s Digest, Shape Magazine and various other publications. She loves writing about her travels, health, wellness, home decor, food and drink, fashion, beauty and scientific news. Follow her traveling adventures on Instagram: @living_by_lex, send her a message: [email protected] and check out her website: livingbylex.com
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Creative ways to hide TV cords on walls are something we’re constantly asked for. Because it’s all very well spending big on a stunningly slimline set, but then what are you meant to do with all the wires that come with it?
It doesn’t matter whether you decide to wall mount or place your TV snugly in a media unit. Ensuring you don’t have a tangle of wires poking out from behind the screen can be a challenge. Particularly if you plump for something big, like one of our best 85 inch TVs.
But with a little careful planning and some clever living room TV ideas, it is relatively easy to hide the TV cables and keep your room looking streamlined and stylish.
There are a range of ways to display your TV in style. From the simplest option of investing in command hooks to attach wires to the back of your TV and furniture, to trickier solutions like hiding cables in the wall or behind wooden panelling.
The most creative ways to hide TV cords on walls
1. Install custom-built joinery to hide cables
(Image credit: Kelling Designs )
Having a bespoke cabinetry unit built not only hides the TV cords, but it maximises the storage solution in your home. Emma Deterding, found and creative director at Kelling Designs, often suggests tailor-made living room storage ideas such as a bespoke cabinet to help seamlessly blend the TV area into the decor.
She says: ‘When installing a TV on the wall, there are many clever tricks you can use to hide away the cables and cords such as. ..’
- ‘If planned early enough into your design, plug sockets and aerial inputs can be fitted in position so they will be hidden behind the TV. All you have to do is tie cables together so they are kept out of sight.’
- ‘If the plasterboard and plaster hasn’t gone up, then you can even create channels in the wall for cables to run through and down to the plug.’
- ‘This can also be achieved using custom-built joinery too, with shelving being created either side of where the TV will go, and all the cables running behind the finished front.
- ‘If these aren’t an option, then there are many design-led casings that can be fitted to the wall and will keep wires out of view. These can often be really affordable and easy to install.’
(Image credit: Ikea)
2. Choose a TV unit with cable outlets
(Image credit: Ikea)
Invest in a decent media unit with cable storage to hide TV cords away. You can buy a range of off-the-shelf TV units online, and many TV stand ideas include clever ways to hide cords, too.
We particularly like the look of the simple, clean lines of the Ikea Besta TV Storage Combination. The TV stand includes room for displaying your TV and media kit – such as your DVDs and Blu-rays, Sky Box etc – behind the glass doors.
Its most enticing design feature is the cable outlets at the back of the TV bench. This lets you easily tame the wires so they are neatly hidden within the unit.
3. Buy trunking for TV cables
Using square plastic trunking to hide cords is an easy way to tidy cables as they can be easily fed through the trunking and down to the plug socket. You can buy trunking online at places such as Screwfix and B&Q or from your local DIY store. You can then use silicone sealant and self-adhesive pads to fix the trunking to the wall simply – this can be useful to incorporate into your bedroom TV ideas.
‘White plastic trunking should be reserved for areas you can’t see, like cupboards,’ says Owen Maddock, home technology specialist at Cinemaworks. ‘However, D-line trunking comes in half-round and quarter-round shapes and looks much neater. You can also paint D-line to match the walls.
‘Alternatively, galvanised steel can give you that industrial interior design look. But HDMI plugs are usually too thick to pull through, so source some half-round instead and use that to cover over the cables.’
(Image credit: Kelling Designs)
4. Choose alternative DIY tricks to hide TV wires
If you find square plastic trunking looks a bit basic, Maddock suggests alternative options. ‘Test mount the TV, and using two vertical battens and some 9mm marine ply, make a wide trunk to hide all the power and signal cables towards the floor,’ he says.
‘Either screw and fill the holes, or if you’re someone who changes things quite often – like a gamer – use strong magnets to hold the board in place. Paint or paper to match the wall with a low cabinet underneath and this will look almost invisible, without the expense of wet trades or plastering. ’
‘You could, however, just hide the cables in plain sight. Why not wrap the cables in a braid, either to match the walls or add contrast?’
5. Hide cables in the wall
(Image credit: Future)
If you’re wondering how to mount your TV onto a wall and also not see the cords, most home technology installation experts will agree that hiding cables in the wall, rather than on the wall is preferable when you’re trying to achieve that luxury finish.
‘Depending on the construction of the wall you may be able to fish the cables up to the TV using an electricians fish tape, but you’ll either need the help of an electrician or be a keen DIY’er!’ says James Ratcliffe from Homeplay.tv.
‘There’s no way of hiding wires as well as this kitchen shot shows unless you’re having building and decorative works done,’ says James Ratcliffe. ‘In this kitchen by TwentyTwo Integration the wires would have been chased and plastered into the wall when the room was renovated. ‘
‘If you have a power socket at high level and you’re using a Wi-Fi connection to power your Smart TV then you may not need any cables. But, we’d always recommend using a hard-wired internet connection for streaming where possible as it’s much more reliable.’
6. Use wood panelling to hide cables
(Image credit: Electric Orange home technology specialists)
According to Maddock, incorporating wainscotting and wood panelling into your living room scheme to hide TV cables is currently a popular design feature and very effective – as shown in this picture by home technology specialists Electric Orange.
‘The trick is to put the power and the signal cables – Ethernet, HDMI, aerial – in place before you fit the panelling,’ says Maddock. ‘It’s easy that way round and borderline impossible the other. I particularly like this modern batten-type panelling as shown in this Electric Orange installation.’
‘In any of the above scenarios, it’s good practise to run power away from signal to prevent the mains interference, which can cause unexplained glitches and slightly reduce the picture performance. Aim for at least 300mm of separation, or 450 if they will run together for more than a metre.’
7. Consider a fabric wall panel to hide TV cables
(Image credit: Cinema Build Systems)
For a stunning look, you can conceal TV cables behind a fabric wall – coincidentally one of the biggest wallpaper trends right now. Companies such as Cinema Build Systems can create stunning set ups such as the room pictured here.
‘Whether for a TV media wall or a full cinema, fabric walls are amazing,’ says Maddock. ‘Not only can you hide cables and LED lighting, but you can also completely hide speakers and acoustic treatment panels. These help to reduce echoes and resonances, but you don’t want to see them. The fabric needs to be lightweight, natural and acoustically transparent.’
What do I do with the space under my wall mounted TV?
The space beneath your wall mounted TV can be a useful area to add more storage. You can choose from a wall-mounted shelf that can keep your DVDs and Blu-rays looking neat.
You can also choose a TV stand or media unit that will keep all your media equipment and gadgets concealed. Alternatively, you can use the space below your wall-mounted TV to install a soundbar to enhance the sound quality on your TV.
How do I keep my cables tidy behind my TV?
If you haven’t been able to conceal cables behind a wall, the easiest way to avoid the cables behind your TV becoming a spaghetti junction is to use cable ties. These can come with hook or loop fasteners so you can tie them around a bundle and create a more organised, streamlined looking area.
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Wires and cables can nullify all efforts to create a harmonious interior. If at the stage of repair they were not hidden in the wall or on the ceiling, there are a few simple solutions. To do this, you do not have to spoil the finish.
Photo: Daria Shevtsova/Pexels
It is impossible to imagine a modern house without electrical appliances. Washing machine, computer, refrigerator, TV, router – all this facilitates work and makes our life more comfortable. But the more electronics in the apartment, the more difficult it is to maintain comfort and harmony in the interior. Protruding wires spoil the appearance of rooms, get underfoot, collect dust and complicate cleaning. And most importantly, they pose a great danger to children and pets. Here are some interesting solutions that will help get rid of the clutter of wires and make the interior aesthetic and functional.
Important: any work with electrical wiring requires extra care and strict adherence to safety rules. If you accidentally damage the insulation of the internal wires of the cable, you can not only ruin your favorite household appliances, but also cause serious harm to your health and the health of loved ones.
1. Skirting board with cable channel
This method is excellent for masking long wires. For example, from the antenna. The cable channel can be purchased at any hardware store. It allows you to hide communications from the eyes without chasing the walls and carrying out expensive work, and most importantly, it will fit into almost any interior due to the variety of colors, designs and materials. One of the most popular models is plinth cable channels.
Outwardly, they do not differ from ordinary skirting boards, but they are equipped with special cavities into which the cable is placed. The base is attached to the wall with dowels, glue nails or hidden screws. Then communications are laid inside and the lid snaps into place. Please note that the wire must fit freely in the cavity of the cable channel. Choose a model that will meet this requirement.
2. Spacious organizer
If you have too many wires in one place, just put them in the organizer box. This will create a sense of order, reduce cleaning time and make the space safer. Surge protectors, extra wires, chargers, routers are placed inside the organizer. Today on sale you can find stylish plastic boxes with ventilation holes and silicone legs. If desired, the organizer is easy to make with your own hands.
An ordinary shoe box or an old wooden bread box will do for this. Make the required number of holes for the wires in it and decorate it to your liking. If you don’t want to think about design, choose a ready-made gift box on the Internet. And so that not a single wire is lost, you can stick a small paper label on each and make a signature.
3. Disguise behind furniture
Protruding wires can be masked by using nearby furniture. Glue them to the back of a bookcase, clip them to the back of a countertop, or tuck them neatly behind a desktop leg. To do this, you will need holders to fix the wires. For example, reusable plastic clips with Velcro. If you are afraid to spoil the surface, use ordinary masking tape. In addition, the wire can be hidden behind a curtain, a mirror, a vase, or a plant with dense foliage.
Another practical solution is to purchase a pedestal with a built-in cable management niche, or to create a dedicated wire drawer in the desk. Place an extension cord and chargers from gadgets scattered around the apartment. So you will not only get rid of the tangle of cables, but also make your workplace more organized.
4. Wall installations
Sometimes it is better not to hide the wires, but to leave them in a visible place and turn them into a spectacular decorative element. If the room has a free plain wall, try folding the pattern. These can be geometric shapes, abstract patterns, or realistic images. For example, silhouettes of a city or people. Such installations look especially advantageous in modern interiors.
Bend the wire in a specific pattern and angle. In this case, it is very important to choose the right fasteners. They should firmly fix the cable on the wall and remain invisible. Before you begin to assemble the composition, draw a wire layout and transfer the sketch to the surface with a simple pencil. This will save time and effort. And if the wire does not fit into the environment, you can repaint it.
5. Vinyl stickers
Wall installations will look more interesting if you add some decorations. Vinyl stickers are perfect for this – even a small cable can be decorated with them. Such products are quickly applied, leave no traces behind and adhere well to any smooth and clean surfaces. Try to make a tree out of wire and decorate it with flowers and leaves – let the plinth be the “soil”. Or draw a separate branch by placing vinyl birds on it.
Now stickers of all colors and sizes are sold on the Internet, so this decor will never get bored. You can always pick up figures for the interior and change them depending on the mood or season. The main thing is to make installations on a plain background. And to make them even more spectacular, use LED garlands, feathers and colored ribbons.
6. Decorative clips
If you don’t have a suitable wall in the room or you don’t want to waste your time on drawing, decorate the wires with decorative clips. According to their design characteristics, they do not differ from conventional clamps and securely fasten the cable in the right place. The difference is only on the outside: these clips look more interesting and are complemented by various elements.
These can be leaves, figurines in the form of birds or rabbit ears. Remember that the mounting hole of the clip must match the diameter of the cable. To organize wires, instead of holders, you can buy decorative ties or overlays. They will help to beat the nondescript cable stretching along the wall. For example, a camouflage cover in the form of a metal pipe will look great in a loft living room, and a stem overlay is a great solution for a nursery.
7. Colored electrical tape and beads
To turn a wire into an original piece of furniture, it is not necessary to pick it up from the floor. Just decorate communications with any means at hand. For example, wrap with colored electrical tape, textured twine or bright threads. If the cable is thin enough, try stringing massive beads onto it. Designers often use this technique to create ethnic accents. All you need to do is match the color of the materials with the rest of the items in the room. Show your imagination and don’t be afraid to experiment.
Such decorations will not only allow you to harmoniously fit an unpresentable wire into the room’s decor, but also additionally protect it from wear. Thanks to the decorative edging, communications will not be subjected to friction, which means they will serve you much longer.
How to hide the wires in the apartment
The need to mask wires
Why it is necessary to hide electrical wires, why they should not be within reach:
- this is ugly – the tangles of a bunch of cords in the most prominent places greatly spoil the look of the room, violating the integrity of most interiors, especially “historical” ones. The only exceptions are spaces designed in the style of techno, industrial, loft, art believe;
- it is not safe – for a cable stretched across the whole room, it is easy to get caught, fall, get injured. Teething children, many pets, are capable of chewing on electrical wires out of curiosity, which often leads to electric shock of varying severity.
In addition to the cords themselves, it is advisable to hide the “boxes” of extension cords, along with a lot of gadget chargers sticking out of them.
Choosing the best wire layout
When deciding how to hide wires, you need to consider their length and structure. When laying along a wall or along the ceiling, the cables must not be stretched. If you do not leave a margin near the TV itself or the outlet, there will be a large load on the plug, and as a result, it or the connector will fail.
Bare wires are also not allowed. It happens that the cable loses its integrity during operation. Areas with cracks or chips in the upper insulating layer must be additionally wrapped with electrical tape or replaced with a new wire.
It is also worth considering:
- How many wires are planned to be hidden. For one or two, it is easy to punch holes of the required length or purchase cable channels. A large number of cables are best removed into the wall behind drywall boards.
- Desired Location: Ceiling wiring will require more cable than floor wiring.
- Distance to outlet. If the TV is located near a power source, you can simply mask or decorate the cable so that it is not conspicuous.
- Safety indicator. In apartments or houses with small children and pets, special attention should be paid to hiding wires. They should be located in an inaccessible place, for example, in a box or in a wall. But do not just lie on top of the plinth.
Let’s take a closer look at all the options for how to hide the wires from the TV beautifully, neatly and safely.
Wires must be dealt with – all interior designers agree on this. Long gone are the days when wires were allowed to hang freely and lie here and there, like vines in the jungle.
There are two fundamentally different approaches to solving the problem once and for all. The first offers to hide the wires, the second – to beat them in some way.
Hiding wires in the wall
It happens that the wallpaper is already pasted, and you don’t want to break its integrity. There is an option to eliminate protruding cables without serious damage:
- carefully cut the wallpaper or bend it away from the wall close to the floor;
- take a handy construction tool, make a neat shallow channel in the wall;
- lay the wires in the resulting hole;
- close the channel with a thin layer of plaster, putty;
- let the mortar dry;
- stick the wallpaper in place.
If this method is not suitable, you can proceed without chasing – use a decorative cable box. Especially often it is necessary to close the power wires with boxes: they have a large diameter, so they cannot be drowned into the wall without re-repair. It is necessary to buy a cable channel that is suitable in color, width, length, which will serve as an additional element of decor and reliably protect the wiring.
In a wooden house, the box will enhance fire safety measures. This option is also ideal for the bathroom, because it is very difficult to lay wires under the tile. It is only important to remember that all lighting elements, electrical wiring, cable channel must be waterproof.
How else to hide wires on the walls in a beautiful way? If desired, it can be covered with the following trim elements:
- door frames;
- various moldings, baguettes;
- window slopes.
Please note that only low-voltage wires (for example, for the Internet, telephone) can be covered with such materials, and high-voltage cables can only be hidden in accordance with fire safety standards.
If the wall is brick or concrete, cabling is planned in preparation for the repair. Such a prudent approach makes it possible to hide the cables directly into the walls, and the question of how to beautifully hide the wires from the TV on the wall will disappear by itself.
Proven technology is used to tuck cables into the wall. Places are marked on the wall where the strobe (furrow) will break through. The groove is punched with a wall chaser or other suitable tool (perforator or grinder). Cables placed in a corrugation or fastened with brackets are laid in a prepared strobe. When the electrical wires are laid, the grooves are primed and covered with plaster.
Plasterboard walls are easier to wire than concrete. The cable is laid in a corrugated pipe, which has a fire safety certificate. Hidden wiring in the wall is reliable and invisible, and it is impossible to get to it without destroying the wall. Cons – the process is quite costly, dusty and complicated (you will need to draw up a layout according to the rules of SNiP).
Laying wires from TV and other household appliances under the ceiling is one of the safest ways to hide them from children and animals. Moreover, to create such a system, it is not necessary to ditch and make technological recesses. You can choose one of the following methods:
- External wiring with fireproof protective sleeves (corrugated). They are matched to the color of the ceiling finish. And they are simply fixed with brackets to the ceiling.
- Application of ceiling plinths with technological holes for electrical wiring. The fastest and most affordable way. It is enough to fix the skirting boards and run the wires through them to the exit point. Boxes are lowered from it along the wall or wires are removed into the wall.
- Hidden wiring under suspended ceilings. The design includes a special frame to which wires or wiring boxes can be attached.
It is important to observe safety precautions even when running wires from the TV. Each cable must be insulated. When wiring several wires at once, they are removed into fire-prevention corrugations.
Installation of wiring on the ceiling is convenient if the ceiling is partially or completely made of plasterboard, stretch films, hollow wooden, plastic false beams. Such coatings perfectly mask all cables, corrugated pipes, and other communications. This is convenient in cases where the floor, walls are almost ready, they have a unique, highly artistic coating – it is problematic to change anything.
Cables are allowed along the floor, if this is done on the ceiling, walls is impossible. Then the screed is made four to seven centimeters thick – under such a layer it is easy to hide any number of electrical wires. Another convenience factor is the placement of sockets, switches as close to the floor as possible (30-90 cm). It will take quite a bit to ditch the wall to install the sockets here, the cable savings will also come out significant.
It is important to choose the most durable, heavy corrugation for each cord, and mount most of the wiring at a distance of 20-30 cm from the wall. Fastening to the floor is carried out using flexible perforated tape, textile material or mesh.
Cable channel (plastic box)
Cable channel will help out if you need additional wiring or a socket, and the repair has already been completed. It can be used for wiring on the surface of the floor, wall, ceiling. The plastic junction box is made of non-combustible PVC, protects the cables and restricts access to them, looks as aesthetically pleasing as possible. If necessary, it allows you to organize additional wiring in the future.
Plastic wall mounted TV box is an aesthetic way to hide wiring quickly and easily. The product is suitable for installation only on non-combustible or low-combustible surfaces: plaster, drywall, concrete, brick. The box will be an easy solution if new appliances have appeared in the house and additional wires need to be run.
Cable channel can become a conceptual part of some interior styles. For a room in a classic or eco-style, wood-like models are suitable; the wooden texture is applied to the boxes by thermal printing. For loft and retro styles, plastic pipes that look like brass and copper products are suitable.
Skirting boards with cable channels
Collapsible plastic skirting boards are equipped with holes into which a cord is inserted, several wires at the same time. Advantages of skirting boards with cable channels:
- no need to ditch the walls, violating their integrity, wasting time on repairing irregularities;
- the ability to beautifully hide all the wires, almost anywhere in the apartment;
- the element is flexible enough that it can be used even if the wall is crooked;
- the plinth is easily washed from various contaminants, does not fade in direct sunlight;
- available in various colors to match existing flooring.
The cable duct is located inside the structure in the center or in the removable upper half. The first option is suitable when you need to hide three or four wires, the second – for several thick cords. It is important to choose a plinth by color, width, mount it from the inner corners of the room. All corners are closed with special decorative overlays, purchased together with skirting boards.
For timber, concrete, plasterboard walls, appropriate fasteners are used here – the plinth must fit snugly both to the wall and to the floor.
Special cable clips
The easiest way to keep cords out of your way. Staples can be semicircular, rectangular, with a plastic or metal top. They are most often attached to the plinth with a conventional hammer.
This method will not help to hide the wires from the TV, but to ensure free passage through the apartment, corridor, kitchen.
Cable channels, their types for masking wires
Plastic channels, where they put in, stick the cord, are called cable channels. This is one of the most convenient options for hiding electrical wires, used after the completion of finishing work. They are often used in the kitchen – this is convenient when repairs are made, but later additional equipment such as an air conditioner, washing machine, and lighting fixtures are purchased.
Cable ducts vary in color and are easy to replace and supplement with new branches. The design is made of fireproof materials, the cords in it are maximally protected from damage from the outside, ultraviolet radiation. The downside here is that it is problematic to choose colors for some interior styles (baroque, ecological, empire, rustic, etc.), although the design looks much better than wires hanging from everywhere. When the cable channel is located on the corner, any ledge, it is easy to hook it.
The element is made of plastic, metal (galvanized steel, anodized aluminum), it can be U-shaped, W-shaped, triangular, semicircular section. Fastening to the wall, floor, is made with self-tapping screws, dowel-nails, iron brackets, anchors. There are also flexible rubber, wire, transparent options.
Hiding wires in a special box
Unlike decorative boxes, special boxes for extension cords and cables look neat from all sides, so they can be placed next to a computer, TV, on a desktop or on a bedside table.
- Finding boxes is not a problem. For example, Ikea sells two models – the standard type and in the form of a bag. Also, cable organizers for wires can be purchased at Ozon, as well as in hardware stores.
You can make a cover for one or several cords at the same time with your own hands from plastic bags cut into narrow long strips. A kind of “sleeve” is knitted from them with knitting needles or crocheted, into which all the necessary wiring is inserted. To hide the extension cord with charges in this way, a handbag that fits in size is knitted or sewn.
Some shops offer decorative folding covers made of plastic, in the form of tree branches, colored tubes, shiny snakes. This design does not have protective properties, like cable channels, but it is permissible to cover “ugly” wires with it. If desired, a special spiral braid is purchased – it is flexible, has an aesthetic appearance, and allows you to hide both one element and many wires.
Hiding the extension cord in a decorative box
An unsightly extension cord with a bunch of wires can be hidden in a box with holes cut out on the sides and a lid. It’s cheap, simple and practical. There is only one minus – homemade cutouts may not look very neat.
Hint: You can use wicker baskets instead of boxes.
Design solutions for how to hide wires on the wall beautifully can be very unexpected, complex and simple. Decorators are of the opinion, why hide something, if you can organically fit it into the interior.
The most common decorating options are:
- Purchase of special silicone tips. They can be of different colors, shapes, there are even curly options. For example, in the form of a tree with branches in the trunk of which wires are hidden.
- Using the curling method. This will require simple brackets-clamps and imagination. The wire can be specially bought in a suitable color, because even HDMI cables are on sale not only in black, but also in red, white, green and other shades. For convenience, you can draw the desired drawing on the wall with a pencil and lay the cable along it. You can get a real picture or elegant curls that match the design and style of the whole apartment.
- Hidden behind houseplants. A simple and proven way. The cable is fixed to the wall. Hanging flower stands are made along the wiring. And planted curly or hanging flowers. Artificial options are also suitable for those who do not differ in love for gardening.
- Decorative panels. You can buy, order or make your own. Woodworkers can create real three-dimensional paintings, which will provide a secret passage for wires from the TV and other household appliances.
An alternative method for artists is painting on the wall. Under its color, a wire is selected and laid directly on creativity. Some designers equip hidden wiring with LEDs. In this version, the wires from the TV turn into decor at any time of the day.
Tip. Don’t be afraid to fantasize. Even a simple decoration of a wire with artificial flowers may be the most suitable solution for your apartment. But do not forget that any decor will attract the attention of children and animals.
A long wire can become a spectacular wall panel. Give it the desired shape and secure with clips. Cities, animals and even abstract structures can come to life on your walls.
Collecting the cables in the holder under the table
If you collect all the wires under the table, they will not be visible, and the table will be in perfect order.
You can buy this cable holder from Ikea.
Wires as an art object
Creative thought has long been working on making electrical cables minimally noticeable. Many interesting ways have been invented to decorate wires on the wall, including the following options:
Make the wire a decorative detail. If a long wire cannot be hidden, perhaps it will fit into the interior in the form of a wall panel.
It may be possible to build an original composition of wires: disguise the cord as a picture on the wall or use improvised means.
Wire decor on the wall can be emphatically decorative. Some manufacturers offer unusual collapsible plastic construction. They do not have a protective function, but somewhat streamline the space.
We cover the cables with a plastic box
This solution is especially relevant for masking wires near the TV.
Hint: Ideally, the box should be painted to match the wall.
Cable as an interior detail, style
Loft is one of the few interior styles in which it is permissible not to hide, but on the contrary, in every possible way emphasize the presence of wires in various places. The original retro-style wiring, which not so long ago was found only in really old houses, is now offered by many companies specializing in electrical wiring.
In such an interior it is easy to meet:
- twisted electrical wires “ivory”, “copper”, “brass”;
- domed retro switches in ivory look;
- Antique sockets;
- Aged silver look cords.
Wires are not hidden at all in the loft, but no one canceled the safety here – when there is a risk of accidental damage, it is better to hide the element in massive cable channels stylized as copper, steel, corrugated pipes, wooden boxes, etc.
Fixing wires with clips
To organize the chaos of wires lying on the floor or table, fix them on the wall or furniture body with special clips.
You can fix the wires with a furniture stapler.
- Cable clamps are available at hardware and hardware stores;
- In order not to get confused, all wires should be marked with self-made labels as in the photo below.
- It is better to use discreet transparent clips, for example, from Command, as in the photo below.
Ideas on how to hide the cable from the TV, home theater
The owner of an apartment or house wants to have as few wires as possible, more precisely, so that they are not visible. To quickly hide cables, you can buy special furniture, which already has technological holes for antenna or cable wire.
Most often, such furniture includes TV cabinets. They are equipped with a hole where you can easily and quickly remove all the wires. And discreetly connect them to the nearest outlet. In the same cabinets there can be retractable shelves for TV set-top boxes, DVD players and other equipment.
Position the TV stand as close to the outlet as possible. If this is not possible, you can run an extension cord under the plinth and bring the power source as close and imperceptible as possible.
Tips, ways to hide wires in the workplace
In the home office, to make it look neat, the laces coming from the computer, the router also need to be removed. A clerical clip will allow you to “put in” a cord that gets tangled under your feet, under the surface of the table – from its very edge. The clip is easy to fix on a wall, a shelf, and several of these parts make a kind of separators for the inputs of different charges.
If possible, wires hanging from the back of the table are simply covered with a textile curtain. Some of them can be arranged in a mini-hammock – the “head” of the extension cord can easily be placed there along with chargers that interfere strongly on the table.
Separate companies produce special wire separators – two or more cords are neatly placed inside a wooden, plastic, rubber or metal structure. A cool store option for holding wires, looks like two wire electric towers. Pockets made of plastic bottles, clothes pockets look funny – the product is hung on a wall socket, charging is turned on, and the phone itself and the cord from it lie quietly in the pocket.
With a simple upgrade of the table, which has spacious drawers, all the electrics are neatly hidden there.
Fasteners on the reverse side of the countertop tables or TV cabinets
As you can see from the range of devices offered, there are two ways to attach wires from the computer to the reverse side of the countertop:
- With double-sided tape. Not always reliable, but modelable.
- Self-tapping. The main thing is to use the “correct” self-tapping screws, no longer than the thickness of the countertop. As a rule, 3.5×16.
It is not always acceptable to make holes in the tabletop itself or the table stiffener. And it is inconvenient if the workplace is already assembled and stands in its place. Therefore, a perforated screen is often used as the basis for attaching cables and power supplies.
Or a metal mesh shelf of suitable width and depth. This option is more expensive, but much stronger and more durable.
Using the same harnesses and clamps, wires with all accessories are attached to the base. And only then, after the final “assembly” – to the reverse side of the countertop or stiffener. So much more convenient.
How to hide wires from charging
A modern person often has to charge several devices at the same time. When all of them are inserted into one “tee” or “multi-tail” charging is used, with three to five cords for different devices, all elements are assembled under one stationery clip, attached to any nearby surface. Some purchased options are separator boxes with four to six shaped holes through which only the “tails” of the charges are output.
This item is easy to make with your own hands, by upgrading a simple shoe box, covered with fabric, wrapped in colored paper.
Original and simple methods to hide TV wires
Imaginative designers and homeowners come up with unusual ways to hide TV wires and decorate an apartment or house at the same time. The simplest and most original options include:
- Put on the nightstand and cover them with books or special decor elements. The main thing is not to forget that books are for beauty, and not for reading.
- Braid the wires with a thick rope, turning them into a real decoration of the apartment, from which you can create a tree on the wall or any other pattern.
- Phytowall placement is a modern solution for stylish apartments. This is a special panel with pockets for indoor plants. It is enough to place the TV with your back to a living wall and run the cable behind it to neatly and beautifully hide all the wires. At the same time, this design of the TV zone will help you completely relax while watching TV.
- Installation of decorative furniture. If the TV is fixed on the wall, the wires go down and spoil the design. To hide them, it is enough to create a thin TV cabinet. It will look stylish and at the same time close the wiring and outlet for the TV.
There are a lot of options for hiding wires from household appliances on the wall, ceiling in the floor. Choose any that suits the design of the room, and do not be afraid to create. But do not forget about safety precautions.
Hide wires in a recess, drawer or shelf
At the project development stage, special niches and sections can be provided where power supplies will be attached to the required number of sockets. You can also leave a place there where you can “pull in” neatly folded wires so that they do not hang around the wall and floor. Indeed, at the measurement stage, it is already clear both the location of the table (or TV cabinets) and the position of the sockets.
An interesting solution is to allocate a drawer or drawer (a shelf for a keyboard in the standard sense) to organize the connection system.
In this case, the pull-out mechanism should be supplemented with some kind of folding cable channel for wires, which will not sag and “interfere” with the movement of the drawer or shelf.
If the TV is hanging on the wall, then the dangling wires to the cabinet can be covered with false panels and shelves. From their inner side, the depth is “selected” in order to mount a compact cable channel. It is recommended to separate low-voltage and power wires (when it comes to connecting audio and video equipment) and hide them in different cable channels.
The wire from the table lamp is trying to get under your feet! Fortunately, it is easy to hide behind the table leg by attaching it with clips.
Safety – how to hide the wires from the child
Many companies producing household goods produce a whole series of protective elements designed to protect the little man from electric shock as much as possible. Companies such as Ikea produce convenient wire holders – they are difficult to gnaw through, break, and two or four cords can easily fit inside.
Special integrated designs that allow you to charge your phone or tablet are built into any furniture surface – they are easy to place out of the reach of a child. The same company produces boxes, bags-cases with buttons – they hide extension boxes, partly electrical wires, which allows you to give a neat appearance to the whole room. For individual devices, there are completely wireless designs – to charge a tablet, phone, player on them, you just need to put the gadget on such a charger.
If it was not possible to purchase protective items for laces, extension cords, all “dangerous” items are hidden in large cardboard, plastic, wooden boxes, which are placed in places inaccessible to the baby.
In order not to get confused when masking wires and not to get into trouble during repairs, they must be marked in advance. This will help you immediately find the right cable later. It is better to separate low-power wiring from power wiring, without connecting it into a single bundle. Wires from the antenna, the Internet should be placed separately from others, so as not to spoil the signal quality.
Cables should be as short as possible and have as few connections as possible: this increases their safety and reduces the risk of injury.