Electronics in a tangle? Conceal those cords cleverly

Oseye Boyd
Written by Oseye Boyd
Updated May 30, 2014
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Unsnarl your home entertainment equipment from that tangled mess of wires and cords from your electronic devices.

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The maze of cords snaking from the TV, Blu-ray player, PlayStation 4 and home theater system to the power strip creates an unsightly mess. The mass grows bigger and bigger with every trip to the electronic store until one day the bundle of cords takes over your home.

OK, the wires won’t come to life and attack you like in a horror movie, but the sight of all those wires, cables and cords can get pretty scary.

Fortunately, the pros devised clever ways to conceal and disguise the coil of cords — from low-cost ideas, such as using Velcro to wrap cords together — to pricier options, such as installing wires in the wall.

Now you see it, now you don’t

“Low voltage wires can be concealed within the wall,” says Virgil Schnock, owner of Universal Home Theater of Chicago, referring to drywall or plaster walls. However, Schnock says he doesn’t insert cords within concrete or brick walls.

Schnock includes wall installation free of charge when mounting a TV. A standard size TV costs $250 to mount. Schnock also offers a free consultation to help homeowners determine the best options for managing wires.

Jeff Janson, owner of Hook-It-Up of Charlotte, says he can hide wires inside brick walls. Janson uses a brick saw, which allows him to remove pieces of brick to hide wiring. Janson includes a $100 surcharge to cover the cost of the saw blade.

Some homeowners take it a step further and hide wires between the brick. “We have a tool that allows us to take out the mortar,” Janson says. “What we can do is lay your wires in there one at a time, and put the mortar back.”

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Depending on the design of the house, professionals can run wires through the crawl space or attic and even hide wiring in furniture or a nearby closet.

Can’t figure out how to hide those speaker wires from your surround sound system? Try the crown molding. “The crown molding will usually have a lip or edge to it,” Janson says. “That gives us a hiding spot.”

Other cord-concealing options

Drilling holes into the wall isn’t mandatory to hide cords and wires. Homeowners who frequently rearrange furniture, or those who use a TV stand for electronic equipment can use Velcro, ties, cord boxes and channel molding to manage cords.

Janson even has a solution to hide cords when the TV is located far away from the cable outlet. “We use a really small diameter white coax cable,” he says. “We run it along the top of the baseboard. You’d hardly ever see it. We use little rounded-off white staples, and it’s very hard to notice.”

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