If you are looking for ways to hide what seems to be a mountain of wires that has accumulated in your living room, know that you are not alone. For many living rooms, it makes perfect sense to want to tuck the wires away so that they don't distract from the overall look of the room. We have looked into the best ways to hide these unsightly cords.
Here are some of the best ways that you can hide electrical cords in your living room:
- Put them in a basket
- Use the back of the sofa
- Conceal the wires using covers
- Run wires through the TV stand
- Purchase a cord management kit
- Thread the wires behind the wall
- Place the cords in a drawer
- Run the cords through your accessories
- Hide them inside a "book"
- Hide them under area rugs
Exposed wires in your living room can not only be distracting from a visual standpoint, but the wires can also pose a safety hazard if someone trips over them. There are quite a few ways to help hide wires from your electronics, most of which are fairly inexpensive. Continue reading to learn about the best methods to hide these wires.
10 Ways To Hide Electrical Cords In Living Room
1. Put them in a basket
Why not add a cute little basket to house all of the cords from your television or entertainment center? You can buy a small wicker basket on Amazon for under $15. If you need somewhere to place the basket, consider placing it in one of the cabinets of your entertainment center or behind your television stand where it is out of sight.
2. Use the back of the sofa
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You can also help those dangling cords quickly disappear when you anchor them to the back of the sofa. For this, you can also use cord clips to help attach them to the furniture in a matter of seconds. To attach the clips, simply press them onto the furniture and hold them in place for about 20 to 30 seconds. You can also run the clips beneath the sofa as well.
3. Conceal the wires using covers
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You can also purchase a cord management kit. The kits cost around $10 and can help you conceal the cords using tubing that you can place on the floor or along the wall. Before purchasing the wire covers, make sure to measure the area of your wall where the covers will be placed. It's also a good idea to measure the length of the cord that you will place inside of the cover.
Keep in mind that these cord covers can only hold up to 4-8 cords, depending on their width. You can also mount the base of the cord cover to the wall on the back of the television stand. They come in three standard colors, but you can paint them however you wish.
4. Run wires through or behind the TV stand
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Consider running the cables through or behind your TV stand. Most TV stands today have a hole located at the bottom of them, allowing you to thread cable wires into it. If your stand does not have this hole, don't fret. You can simply take a tooth saw and create your own hole in less than a minute.
5. Purchase a cord management kit
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Purchasing a quality cord management kit will give you everything that you need to help hide the cords in your living room. These kits typically include vertical link chains that you can use to attach the cord to the back of your television, entertainment system, or other furniture. You can also use the pieces of the kit to run the cord along the wall of your living room.
The kits typically include cable wrap holders, cable ties, and other essential routing and mounting components to help you keep those cords out of view. If you are looking for a professional way to get rid of those cords, a cord management kit can help you.
6. Thread the wires behind the wall
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While this method is more involved than others, it's definitely worth taking a look at. If you have any carpentry skills, you can cut open a couple of holes in your wall and thread the cables through the wall to hide them. To do this, it's best to first use a stud finder to locate two stud-free areas of the wall. Next, take a saw and create two 8-inch holes in the wall. Afterward, close the wall back up using a wall repair kit.
7. Place the cords in a drawer
If you have a desk drawer located in your living room, it can also become another great place to discreetly stash your technology cords. You can even drill a hole in the drawer of the desk to thread the cables through it.
8. Run the cords through your accessories
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What good are accessories if you can't run a few technology cords through them? If you are looking for a quick way to hide your cords, simply run them through or behind any standing accessories that you have in your living room. This can include stands, bookshelves, vases, and any other large free-standing item in your living room.
9. Hide them inside a "book"
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We all have a few books on our bookshelves that are simply collecting dust. If you have any large binders or hardback books, simply slip your cables inside of them and then sandwich the book vertically between a row of other books. You can run the cables discreetly down the length of the wall or behind the bookshelf itself.
10. Hide them under area rugs
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If you are concerned about a tripping hazard in your living room, an area rug is a perfect place to help hide your cable wires. Simply run your cables underneath the rug and tape them down with a little carpeting tape to secure them in place.
Why do electrical cords get hot?
More often than not, electrical cords will become hot if they are overloaded. They can also cause the electrical outlet to become overloaded and hot as well. Also, if cords are damaged, broken, or worn out due to age, they will have a lower capacity to handle the same level of electrical voltage that they may have handled previously.
Damaged electrical outlets and plugs can also cause the cords to become hot, and this will also increase the risk of tripping a circuit breaker or blowing a fuse. Ultimately, when an electrical cord gets hot, it means that the cord is reaching its maximum-rated electricity current.
Can you run an electrical wire under carpet?
You can run electrical wires under your carpet to hide them from view. However, it is best to run the cord under the area of the carpet that receives the least amount of traffic. This will minimize the potential for the carpet to become damaged from being stepped on repeatedly. This could ultimately cause the wires' rubber cover to become torn, exposing frayed wires--which over time can lead to a fire hazard.
Can you plug multiple extension cords together?
Extension cords aren't meant to be connected; they are meant to carry an electrical current over an extended distance. Electricians recommend against plugging multiple extension cords together as it may result in overheating of the cords and potential damage to the plastic covers.
How many devices can you plug into a surge protector?
It depends on the number of slots in your surge protector. A good way to test whether or not your surge protector may be reaching its max voltage is if it feels warm to the touch. If it does, consider unplugging one cable to help it cool down. If it draws too much electricity for an extended period of time, it could cause the plastic on the surge protector to melt.
We hope you found some super helpful ways to hide those electrical cords! Before you go, be sure to check out some of our other posts: