Grouping cords together and running them behind furniture helps hide them.

Creative Ways to Hide Wires

by Kathy Adams

Unless you live in an off-the-grid cabin, chances are there are quite a few electronic and electric devices in your home, all connected to wires, all vying for outlet space. These cords and cables, left strewn about in haphazard fashion, detract from the decor and overall neatness of the space. Creative camouflaging and organizing techniques will help keep those video game console cables, cellphone chargers and floor lamp cords out of sight and out of the way, less apt to be in the way during household chores, or tripped over by children at play.

1. Furniture and Outlets

Positioning furniture in front of outlets is one way to hide a good deal of the cables, cords and wires ultimately ending at the outlets. Choose a desk that has a paneled back so the outlet remains hidden, or position the desk so the outlet hides behind the drawers. Zip ties or hook and loop ties organize the wires traveling to the same general area, neatening up the span of cables on the floor along the wall. Small hooks or cable clamps screwed into the back or legs of a piece of furniture catch the wires and give them a hidden place to exist without dangling.

2. Hidden Components

If electronic devices are the main things causing all the cord clutter in your home, tucking the devices themselves into a closet or bookcase helps keep the cords under control. If there is a closet or built-in bookcase near the area where you watch TV, for instance, the DVR and audio amplifier can be hidden in the closet or stacked on a shelf. The cables run through a hole in the closet or side of the bookcase, then along the bottom of a mantel shelf or floating shelf, or down the side of the bookcase, attached with cord hooks or clips. With a little planning, it's possible to hide those cables so they're only visible from certain angles, if at all.

3. Cord Sleeves

Sleeves of fabric wrap around a group of cords to hide them within a decorative cover. These sleeves can be made by hand, secured with hook and loop tape in the back for easy access. Other options than fabric include flexible tubing with a slit on one side for cord placement. All of these options result in a somewhat decorative object, rather than a slew of mismatched, unruly wires that detract from the decor.

4. Decorative Containers

Specialty boxes are available from some office supply outlets that are essentially empty boxes through which excess cord travels, lessening the look of cables around the room. Make a similar structure yourself from a fabric-covered storage box or a wooden wine crate, for instance. One or more holes drilled in the back or sides allow the cables to enter and exit without being obtrusive.

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