How to Hide Wires in Your Home
Don't let unsightly wires detract from your home decor
By Glyn Sheridan
Along with the fun of owning wall-mounted, big-screen televisions and family entertainment systems comes the annoyance of dozens of wires running everywhere. Not only are loose wires unsightly, they can be dangerous when they cross the floor or hang from tables and desks. If your office is sporting a tangled web of computer wires or you find yourself tripping over speaker cables in your living room, a few creative techniques can put these wires in their place.
- What You Need to Know
- You'll need flat wires, matching paint, a putty knife, electrical tape, clear packing tape and maybe a rug or two, depending upon the method you choose to hide the wires in your home. For some in-wall wiring methods, you may need a licensed electrician.
Conceal wires and cables beneath your baseboard if you have wall-to-wall carpeting. Although it isn't visible, a space exists between the edge of the carpeting and the bottom of the baseboard. Lay the wire along this edge and use a small putty knife to tuck it beneath the baseboard.
Put a heavy throw rug over wires that must cross the walking space of a floor. A heavy area rug can effectively conceal the wires, but first, secure them to the floor with clear packing tape to reduce wire movement.
Replace your round cables with flat wire. This wire is wide and very flat, featuring individual wires that run along the surface as opposed to bundled in a cylindrical pattern as seen in round cables. Some brands of flat wire come with a self-adhesive backing, allowing the homeowner to apply them to the wall beneath a flat-screen television and then paint the wire to match the wall.
Run wires and cables from one side of the room to the other behind the tiles in a drop-ceiling. Basements frequently have drop-ceilings, making it simple to run the wires from ceiling-mounted projection units or speakers to an entertainment system on the other side of the room. Make a tiny hole near the edge of one tile and string the wire to the exit point.
Set speakers directly into your walls to prevent unsightly cords. Although it's wise to do this during new construction, you may choose to do it during a remodel as well. For speakers that require hard-wiring into your home's electrical grid, consult a licensed electrician.
Choose wireless speakers and wireless computer peripherals but remember that they still have power cords. The wireless aspect eliminates the cable from the computer to the printer or from the entertainment center to the speakers, but you must still plug the unit into a wall outlet for power.
Select a section of conduit and paint it to match your furniture. Conduit is a lightweight pipe, through which you can thread many of your computer cords and peripheral wires. Cut one or more sections of conduit and attach them with electrical tape to the underside of your desk to hold wires up and out of your way.
About the Author
Glyn Sheridan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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