3 Tips for Hiding Cables from Your Wall Mounted TV
Flat screen televisions are one of the greatest things to happen to home entertainment electronics in a while. They not only provide great picture quality and entertainment, but also can free up a ton of space in your home for entertaining when wall-mounted.
In fact, the only thing that can spoil your next big game or viewing party is all the unsightly wires and cables hanging off of your otherwise elegant TV.
Here are some suggestions on how to discreetly harangue that mess of cables or hide them all together. Regardless of which method or combination of methods you try, they are effective. It's just a matter of how much effort you want to put into concealing electronics cables and how your room is actually arranged. You'll have a neat and spacious setup that appears wireless in no time.
1. Run Cable Through the Walls
This is the old-school way that television owners used to hide the cord for their cable boxes even before TVs thinned out. It's pretty complicated to begin with, and it requires cutting two holes in the drywall: one behind the TV and one below it. Wires from component pieces—such as a cable box, satellite dish, or DVD player—will feed into the bottom hole and come out the top hole hidden behind the TV.
Doing this requires drilling the holes, snaking the wires through one hole and blindly out the other, and capping them with cover plates. As for the power cord, it will either have to be visible or, if it is long enough, you can feed it through the holes as well and plug it into an outlet below the TV near the floor.
While this method is still completely viable, there's a reason this method was used for older televisions: there were fewer cords. With game systems, sound systems, computers, and the array of other television-compatible devices we use today, threading that many cables in and out of your walls just isn't practical.
Plus, with specialized connector cables like bulky HDMI cables and the like, "cables" aren't as one-size-fits all as the classic cylindrical white wire that you could poke through a tiny hole.
2. Install an Outlet Behind the TV
A nice way to take care of the problem of power cords specifically is to have a wall 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 outlet. Plug it in and contain the dangling cord with a twist tie.
If there's no feasible wall outlet you can mount the TV in front of, you could potentially install one. With a little electrical wiring skill, you can do this yourself, but it will involve cutting into the drywall. It's a project that requires some time and a little mess, but it’s possible assuming an electrical outlet is the only thing ruining your perfect entertainment room aesthetic.
The biggest drawback to this strategy is that a wall outlet doesn't do anything for auxiliary wires like audio and video cables that draw power from their respective devices and snake in different directions than the simple power cords.
3. Use a Cable Wall Cover
A cable wall cover is a flat, nondescript piece of plastic that acts as a bottleneck you can funnel all of your cables through. In areas that your cables would otherwise be visible, the cover conceals them and has an open space underneath so that you can still use and manipulate your cords.
This is one of the easiest ways to hide cables from a wall mounted TV because it will work for both power cords and other wires. The only downside, which isn't much considering the heap of cables it saves you from, is that it's not invisible. However, cable wall covers are usually small enough that you can paint them to match the color of your surrounding wall to de-emphasize its presence.
If there is an outlet below the TV in reach of the power cord, that and all other cables will fit within the cable wall cover and be hidden from the outlet to the TV. The wall cover adheres to the wall with two-sided tape or some type of glue.