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Are you tired of wires and power cords running through your home and dangling from your TV? There are different hacks you can use to hide these wires and organize your power cords.
Home Hacks: How To Hide TV Wires
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Dangling TV wires can look unsightly and even be dangerous if you have a young child or a pet. There are different options to explore if you want to hide these wires. Most of these hacks are very simple and don’t require much of your time. Here are a few ideas you should consider if you are wondering how to hide TV wires.
Running TV Wires Behind A Wall
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Running a power cord behind drywall is easier than you think. You can purchase kits that include everything you need to complete this DIY project, or get these items:
- A drywall knife
- Two mounting brackets
- Two matching mounting plates
You will also need a wall mount for your TV. Start by measuring the mounting plates and use the drywall knife to cut a hole that matches the mounting plates and brackets. The hole will be hidden behind your TV.
Cut a second hole below the first opening; the second hole should be near a power strip or outlet. Ideally, the second opening should be hidden behind an entertainment center or another piece of furniture.
Install the mounting bracket in the first opening. Add the mounting plate and run the TV wires and power cord through the plate.
Pull the cord and wires out of the second opening. Install the second mounting bracket and add the plate. Find a discreet way to connect the power cord to a nearby outlet or power strip, and think about cutting an opening in the back of your entertainment center or cabinet to connect the other TV wires to a DVD player or cable box.
Running cords and wires behind drywall is a quick and easy way to hide them. However, electrical codes limit what you can install behind drywall. It is safe to run wires and cords behind a wall, but you shouldn’t install a power strip behind your drywall.
How To Hide Power Strips
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Leaving power strips on the floor can quickly create a mess. Before you know it, you will end up with several power cords coiled on the floor and some phone chargers on the ground. It is safer to mount power strips on your walls, especially if you have young children or pets.
Attaching a power strip to a wall won’t hide the power cords, but you can combine this hack with another method such as running power cords behind drywall or keeping cords and wires inside of a cabinet or desk.
Most power strips have holes or small brackets on the back. You can use these brackets to screw the power strip to a piece of drywall. You can also find some special adhesive designed to attach a power strip to a wide range of surfaces.
You don’t necessarily need to attach your power strips to walls; you can use adhesive or brackets to attach power strips under a desk or in the back of your entertainment center or dresser. Get creative and find spots that are discreet while being easy to access.
Keep in mind that it is unsafe to modify a power strip. Some power strips have small legs or rubber pads in the back. It is unsafe to cut these elements out. Instead of trying to modify a power strip, purchase one that has brackets in the back for an easy installation.
We recommend that you attach a couple of power strips in the back of your entertainment center or dresser. Cut some holes in the back of the piece of furniture you use for your TV and other electronics to discreetly connect power cords to the power strips.
You will still have a cord that runs from the power strip to a nearby outlet, but this method will greatly reduce the number of visible wires. You can use cable rings and adhesive clips to keep wires and power cords organized between the power strips and electronics.
Cord covers tend to be more noticeable than other methods, but this is a quick and easy project to consider if you are wondering how to hide TV wires. A cord cover will protect cords and wires and can be hidden behind furniture or even painted.
Floor cord covers are a convenient way to protect power cords if your power outlets are far from the appliances and electronics. A lot of floor covers can be cut and mounted on a wall. This is a great way to hide a TV power cord if you have a wall-mounted TV and running the cord behind the wall isn’t an option.
If you want to mount a cord cover on a wall, look for a rigid PVC cover. Mount anchors and screws to safely attach the base of the cover to the wall. You can cut the cord cover with a PVC ratchet cutter or a saw if needed.
Use cable ties or rings to keep cords and wires organized inside of the cover if needed. You can still access wires and cords with this method since most covers are removable from their bracket.
Use a piece of furniture to hide the cord cover, or paint it so it matches the color of the wall for a more discreet result. You can also choose to leave the cord cover visible since it will be less unsightly than dangling wires and cords.
You can also find flexible rubber cord covers. These covers are convenient if you need to protect cords and wires that run on the ground. You can also use a flexible cord cover to attach cords and wires to the back of your entertainment center.
Mounting a flexible cover on a wall isn’t recommended, but a rubber cord cover gives you more flexibility if you are running cords behind furniture or on the floor.
Cord hooks, clips, rings, and ties aren’t a perfect solution, but they can help you organize wires and power cords. These items won’t hide the wires, but you can use clips, rings, and other items to safely attach wires behind your entertainment center or under your desk.
We recommend this solution if you have a lot of electronics and need to keep wires organized. Don’t hesitate to label your cables and wires to easily find what you are looking for.
This method can be used to keep your phone charger and other wires easily accessible while preventing cords and wires from dangling on the floor.
You will have to combine cord hooks and clips with other methods to complete hide TV and computer wires, but these items could be the first step towards getting your wires organized.
You can hide your cable box by using infrared receivers. These small devices are inexpensive and allow you to use your remote even if your cable box is hidden.
You can turn an old cabinet or dresser into a unique entertainment center. Use the drawers and cabinets to store your electronics, your cable box, gaming system, and DVD player.
Drill some holes in the back of the cabinet or dresser so you can connect power cords to some power strips you have attached to the wall. Keep cords and wires organized with rings and clips in the back of the piece of furniture you are using for this project.
Once your cable box is inside of your DIY entertainment center, the signal from your remote probably won’t work as well. You can remediate to this issue by installing an infrared sensor on the outside of your entertainment center.
These devices include a sensor that is typically plugged in the back of your cable box and a second sensor that you can clip on your TV. You can attach the small infrared receiver anywhere on your entertainment center.
Get Rid Of Cords And Wires You Don’t Need
Now that you know how to hide TV wires, you should look into getting rid of some cords and wires you might no longer need.
Adding a charger dock to your desk will help you get rid of phone chargers dangling from various power outlets throughout your home.
You can also reduce the number of TV wires and electronics you use by investing in a Smart TV or replacing your cable box with a small streaming device. Most cable providers offer streaming options so you should be able to watch your favorite channels without a cable box.
There are a few additional things to get rid of wire messes. Get into the habit of unplugging the cords you don’t use and store them in a desk drawer when you don’t need them. Replace extension cords with shorter power cords if they are coiling on the floor.
These hacks will help you get rid of unsightly wires and power strips. There are a lot of options to explore and you should ask yourself how you can create a system that is adapted to the electronics and cords you use. You might not be able to completely hide all your wires, but these hacks will help you keep your home organized and make wires less noticeable.