Flat screen televisions are one of the best things to happen to home entertainment electronics in a long time. Not only do they provide great picture quality and entertainment, but they can also free up a ton of space in your home for entertainment when mounted on the wall.
In fact, the only thing that can spoil your next big game or viewing party is all the unsightly cords and cables dangling from your fancy TV.
Here are some suggestions on how to discreetly harangue that cable clutter or hide them all together. Regardless of the method or combination of methods they experiment with, they are effective. It’s just a matter of how much effort you want to put into hiding the electronic cables and how your room is actually organized. You’ll have a neat and spacious setup that looks like wireless in no time.
1. Pass the cable through the walls
This is the old school way that TV owners used to hide the cable from their cable boxes even before TVs went down. It’s pretty fiddly to begin with and requires cutting two holes in the drywall – one behind the TV and one underneath. Cables for component parts, such as a cable box, satellite dish, or DVD player, feed into the bottom hole and will exit through the top hole hidden behind the TV.
Doing this requires drilling the holes, passing the cables through one hole and blindly the other, and covering them with cover plates. As for the power cord, it will need to be visible or, if it is long enough, you can also run it through the holes and plugs into an outlet under the TV close to the floor.
While this method is still completely viable, there is a reason this method is used for older TVs: there were fewer cables. With gaming systems, sound systems, computers, and the variety of other television-compatible devices we use today, connecting so many cables in and out of your walls is just not practical.
Also, with special connector cables like bulky HDMI cables and the like, the “cables” are not as unique as the classic white cylindrical cable that could fit through a small hole.
2. Install an outlet behind the TV
A good way to solve the problem of specific power cables is to have an outlet directly behind the TV. If you’re lucky, maybe your TV is already in a perfect spot for this. Simply mount the TV so that it covers the electrical outlet. Plug it in and contain the hanging cord with a tie.
If there is no feasible wall outlet that you can mount the TV on, you could install one. With a little electrical wiring skill, you can do it yourself, but it will involve cutting the drywall. It’s a time-consuming and messy project, but it’s possible to assume that an electrical outlet is the only thing that ruins the aesthetics of your perfect entertainment room.
The biggest drawback to this strategy is a cutting outlet does nothing for auxiliary cables, such as audio and video cables, which draw power from your devices and connect in different directions than simple power cables.
3. Use a cable wall cover
A cable wall cover is a flat, nondescript piece of plastic that acts as a bottleneck through which you can route all of your cables. In areas where your cables can be seen, the cover hides them and has an open space underneath so they can still use and manipulate their cables.
This is one of the easiest ways to hide cables from a wall mounted TV because they work for both power cables and other cables. The only drawback, which does not take much into account the pile of cables it saves you from, is that it is not invisible. However, cable wall covers are usually small enough that you can paint them to match the color of the surrounding short to minimize their presence.
If there is an outlet under the TV within reach of the power cord, that and all other cables will fit inside the cable wall covering and hide from the outlet to the TV. The wall covering is attached to the wall with double-sided tape or some kind of glue.