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How to Hide TV Cords

Create a clutterless and cord-free entertainment center with these 5 clever tips on how to hide TV cords.
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Getting Started

Does your entertainment system have TV cords dangling into one giant disorganized, cluttered mess? Does it frustrate you when it catches your peripheral while you're focused on your favorite show?
Instead of looking like a jumbled collection of wires, discover how to hide TV cords seamlessly with our helpful guide. Here are some easy tips on how to hide TV cords to keep your home entertainment system tidy.

5 Clever Tips To Hide Your TV Cords

  1. Attach TV Cords to the Back of Furniture

    One way to hide TV cords is by attaching them to the back of your nearby furniture. There are many available products out there to secure any wires and cords, such as damage-free strips and hooks. These clips are easy to apply without causing damage to furniture finishes. Take a clip and press it in for 30 seconds, allowing the sticky side to set along the side of your furniture. This cord solution works nicely for renters!
  2. Feed Cords Along the TV Stand

    If you have a stand-mounted TV, you can feed TV cords through and alongside the stand itself. You can even create a DIY built-in cord storage if you don't want to see the tangled cables and wires at all.
    TV stand with no cords showing
  3. Hide TV Cords in Plain Sight

    For wall-mounted TVs, the dangling cords are unsightly. Sometimes, they're downright distracting as you try to enjoy your favorite shows. But hiding wall-mounted TV cords presents a real challenge.Your best option is to conceal them with cord covers. Cord concealing kits offer plastic tracks that you can mount directly to the wall, covering the wires out of view. Here are some basic steps to hide TV cords successfully with a cord cover:
    1. Measure the distance from the floor to the base of the TV screen. Using a hacksaw, cut the length of your cord cover.
    2. Screw and mount the raceway base in place, following the kit's directions. Now, you'll lay the TV cords inside the channel.
    3. Last, snap the custom-cut cover in place to hide the TV cords.
    4. Most cord covers come in standard neutral colors, such as white or gray. But, these colors can sometimes stand out even more.
    Thankfully, you can apply the same paint color as your wall to disguise the plastic track. Just be sure to use a latex-based paint to adhere to the plastic parts.
  4. Properly Hide TV Cords Behind a Wall

    TV with cords hidden behind a wall
    For the most seamless solution, you can pass TV cords through the wall with a code-friendly wall kit. This works best for a wall-mounted TV, which allows you to hide the cords with a recessed cable plate. In order to properly drill a hole for your TV cords, here are some basic steps to follow:
    1. Before starting this project, make sure all outlets and wire boxes are code-compliant.
    2. Remove the TV or rotate by an adjustable arm.
    3. Using a stud finder, locate two open areas in the wall, in which you'll place the two outlets. One area should be behind the wall-mounted TV. The other should be behind the shelf that holds your video components.
    4. Check for any other wiring behind the drywall before drilling any holes. Your stud finder should be able to pick up any additional wires.
    5. Mark the two outlet locations on your wall and then cut the chosen spots with a drywall saw. Make sure the two wire boxes for your outlets fit in each hole and then tighten the wire boxes to the wall.
    6. Feed the TV cords through the wall and into the two wire boxes. Please note that this should be done only with wall-safe cables, as most building safety codes don't allow bare power cords to be run through walls.
    7. Once the cords are in place, you can wire your cords to the outlet. Pro tip: check the side of your outlet to see where exactly the cords should go.
    8. Once all cords are properly wired, screw the outlets into place.
    This makes for a sophisticated look, and even appears like a wireless TV setup!
  5. Cover TV Cords With Baseboard Channels

    One way to hide TV cords is to use baseboard channels. Baseboard channels keep your TV cords and ethernet cable tangle-free. This is practically a must-have, especially if your entertainment setup is positioned far away from the cable outlet, which has the potential of becoming a tripping hazard.Hollow, molding-like plastic baseboard channels can hide TV cords neatly. They can also be easily applied using a peel-off adhesive backing that mounts to your existing baseboard. After your baseboard channel is attached, you simply run your TV cords or ethernet cables through the hollow channel. Like cable concealers, these base channels can be painted or stained to match whatever base molding you have in your home.

Create a Cord-Free Entertainment Center

One way you can guarantee a cord-free entertainment center is to learn how to mount a TV on a wall. As you first set up your home entertainment system, along with the TV, stereo speakers and any cords, set yourself up for success from the beginning. That way, you can have a clutter-free and seamless style.

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