The main reason I decided to organize and hide TV wires in my living room was that I simply didn’t like the way they looked. They were ugly.
However, there’s another critical reason to conceal them and that’s safety. TV cords sometimes can be tripping hazards and they’re potentially dangerous for small children when they have access to them.
If you’re looking for stylish and quick solutions to conceal the jungle of cords without having to make any permanent changes, you’re at the right place.
I’ve collected all the best ways you can hide your TV wires easily without cutting holes into the wall. Let’s see them one by one.
1. Make a Wood Frame and Cover It In Fabric – A Creative Way to Hide Your TV Cords
A wood frame can conceal a fairly large amount of cables and if done right it can even spruce up the whole room. In fact, it’s a pretty creative way to hide TV cords without cutting the wall.
One thing to keep in mind is to choose the fabric wisely. You want it to fit the wall color and the furniture in the room.
In brief, here’s how to make your own frame:
- For the frame, you’ll need four studs that you have to attach to each other with a few screws (you can use some strong glue instead) to get a rectangular shape.
- As a next step, you have to attach the fabric to the wood frame with staples (or glue) and cut a hole for the TV mount. Use picture or wire hangers or adhesive strips (if the frame is lightweight enough) to hang the frame on the wall.
All the TV wires go behind the frame and remain hidden but, if necessary, they’re easily accessible. Wall mounted TV cable management at its best.
You can buy all the necessary materials and fixtures at your local hardware store.
2. Install a Raceway and Paint It the Same Color as the Wall
Using a raceway is one of the most obvious solutions to organize and hide TV wires without cutting the wall. You can find many types of raceways online and in your local store as well.
Most of them are made of plastic and have an adhesive strip on the back that allows easy and quick mounting on the wall using no screws. Note that there are specific models for corners.
Most TV cable management raceways are white and if your wall has a different color they won’t blend in. You can solve this by painting the raceway before installation.
Acrylic, model, or enamel paint works great for plastic surfaces. Before painting, don’t forget to clean the raceway with warm water and dish soap to remove any grease or dirt.
This is the raceway I recommend because it is paintable and very easy to install due to the self-adhesive backing.
3. Hide TV Cords Behind Other Objects
This one is a basic yet creative trick to hide tv cords on the wall. The best thing about it is that you can implement it in just a few minutes, and it costs nothing. It works best if you have a surface (such as a shelf, a table, etc.) under the TV, and the distance is not too large between the two items.
Place some home decoration items, picture frames, plants, or books under the TV and position them so that they cover the cords. Make sure you don’t just put the items randomly below the TV. They should look natural and blend in with the environment. That’s all.
By hiding TV wires on the wall you will not only make your room look better but also make it much safer. However, there’s so much more you can do to make your home a safer place. We’ve collected the most important easy-to-implement home safety measures you should know in this article.
We’ve also created a useful home safety checklist that you can download for free at the end of this article.
4. Unleash Your Creativity and Turn the Wires Into a Wall Art
Hiding the wires is not the only solution. Sometimes you can leave them in plain sight, and still make them look great. Turning your TV cords into wall art is a stylish and creative way to manage and organize them.
You can create anything from an abstract image to a silhouette of a city, object, or person. If you want, you can decorate the cords with colored tape, ribbons, or stickers to resemble flowers with leaves or anything else you like. Also, you can hang some postcards or giant letters. The only limit is your imagination.
Before mounting the wires, draw an outline on the wall with a pencil that can be erased easily. Measure the length of the cords (you can easily do that with a string) and plan the artwork accordingly. You can mount the wires to the wall with wall clips or mounting tape.
5. Conceal Cables Behind Wall Trim
While this method isn’t the easiest and quickest one to hide your TV cords, it’s certainly an eye-catching solution. It can be a great choice if you need to hide TV wires over a fireplace.
Its major disadvantage is that the cables are not so easy to access under the trim work if you need to remove or add one in the future.
That’s why I only recommend this method if you’re willing to spend some time disassembling the trim work each time you add or remove a new device to your TV set (or if you don’t want to change your set anytime soon).
So, the basic idea is to hide the cords in a channel formed by two slats and covered with a third one. You’ll need to make both horizontal and vertical channels.
Before you start the execution, I suggest that you plan and design the trim work on paper, and test the length of the wires. You can paint the slats any color you like, but do that before mounting them on the wall (it’s much easier than afterward). For more detailed instructions, visit this website.
6. Camouflage TV Cords and Cables
It’s another highly creative way of hiding tv cords on the wall. This DIY method is similar to turning the cords into wall art but this time they practically become invisible to everyone who doesn’t know about their location.
You can use any combination of home decoration items to camouflage your cables. Your goal is to conceal the cords in a larger creation so that they become hardly noticeable. You’ll certainly need some imagination if you decide to hide wires this way but the end result will speak for itself.
If all this sounds too abstract for you, here’s a photo for some inspiration:
7. Install a Floating Media Cabinet
If you have a wall mounted smart television and doesn’t mind some DIY job that includes some drilling, installing a floating cabinet can be a classy choice.
A media cabinet mounted just under the TV will not only hide all the messy cables but also provide plenty of space to store other items, such as consoles, cable boxes, and TV equipment.
Here’s an example:
There are countless models with many designs on the market to choose from, however, if you’re not afraid of some DIY work, you can make the whole cabinet from scratch.
Make sure you fasten the screws into a stud. If necessary, use a stud finder. Do not use drywall anchors to mount the cabinet on the wall because there’s a high chance that they won’t hold.
As an alternative, you can get some floating shelves with a back panel (to hide wires) and mount them under your TV. If you can’t find any model with a back panel you like, you can make the back panel yourself using some plywood and slats.
Floating shelves and cabinets can also provide a solution for hiding wires over a fireplace. Here’s an example:
8. Use a TV Stand that Does the Job for You
Using a TV stand is not the cheapest but certainly is a stylish way to hide TV wires without cutting wall.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you should buy a new stand for the sole purpose of hiding cords if you already have one. However, if you haven’t got a stand yet or want to replace the old one, it can be a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.
You can choose from many models on the market. I really like how elevation TV stands (such as in the photo above) solve the cable problem. It’s so simple and elegant, and the best of all is that this solution doesn’t require drilling at all.
You just have to assemble the stand which in most cases can be done under 30 minutes and it’s ready to use. You don’t even have to touch the wall, therefore it’s ideal for apartments where you’re not allowed to drill holes or mount anything on the wall.
Most of these stands also have shelves where you can keep a cable box and other accessories while all the unsightly wires remain hidden behind the back of the pole.
The major advantage of a standalone TV stand is that you can simply change its position according to your needs, so it’s a really flexible solution.
9. Organize and Hide the Wires Behind the TV Stand
If you don’t have your TV mounted on the wall and you use a standard TV stand, chances are good that there’s a jungle of wires behind the stand.
To organize and hide the cluttered cords, first, you have to shorten each of them individually to the length you need. A fast and easy way to do that is to wind the cables up and then tie them with Velcro or cable ties.
To minimize the clutter, you can group cords that go in the same direction and tie them up. However, make sure you separate electrical and AV cables to avoid any interference.
Your goal is to make cords as short as possible and reduce the number of individual cords to a minimum. After this step, your wires will be much more organized and ready to be concealed.
You can hide the wires behind the TV stand in many ways. The method that will suit you best depends mostly on the type of stand you have.
If your stand has a solid back panel, you can easily fix the shortened cables on it with some cable clips. As an inexpensive alternative, you can use binder clips to attach cords to the back of your stand.
Another option is to mount plywood or a grid on the back of the TV stand and attach the cords to it.
You can also use a cord organizer (such as this popular one) to shorten and manage all your TV wires in a stylish way and hide them on the back of the stand.
In the case of an open-back TV stand, you can use cable management sleeves to hide cords. Simply cut the sleeve to the length you need and place the cables inside. Then you can attach the sleeve to the frame of the stand. It really makes cable management a breeze.
Instead of sleeves, you can use colored flex tubing as well: just cut the tube to size and wrap it around the cords.
Using a channel cable organizer is another easy way to conceal the unsightly cords behind the TV stand. Most of them come with a self-adhesive back, so you can mount them on the stand in a minute. Opt for a model that allows you to quickly and easily add and remove cables even after the installation.
If you want to hide power strips, surge protectors, and electrical cords on the floor, you can use the combination of a cable raceway and a standard cardboard box and cut holes in it for the cords.
If you need a more stylish solution, you may want to go for this cable management box. It looks pretty neat.
The simplest way to hide TV wires without cutting the wall is to install a raceway that has the same color as the wall. You can also conceal the cords behind objects, or turn them into wall art. Another solution is to hide them behind an elevated TV stand.
As you can see, you have multiple choices. If you are tired of watching the unsightly wires under your TV, it’s time to take control and make them disappear.
You can perform most methods within an hour or so. Just choose the one that suits you best. If you want to go the traditional way, install a raceway and paint it the same color as your wall or get a TV stand that hides the wires.
If you don’t want to spend any money, hide the cords behind other objects.
Want to create something creative? Turn your cords into wall art or conceal them behind unique trim work. You have many options.
Whichever solution you choose, planning is a very important first step before you start working. Don’t skip it, especially if the work you’re about to do consists of multiple steps.
Hiding your TV cables will make your living room (or any other room) not only much more organized and cleaner but also a much safer place for kids, seniors, and pets.
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