9 Tips For Cutting Cord Clutter
Few things look worse in a room than a tangle of unsightly cords in plain sight. And though most of us have to contend with computer wires, television cables, and electronic chargers regularly, finding stylish solutions for concealing them can be challenging.
But not impossible!
Here are some smart ideas for hiding TV wires and other electronic clutter. Some are simple, and others are more complex, but they all achieve the same thing: Hiding those unsightly cords and wires.
1. Put them behind the walls
If you want your TV to float on the wall with wires completely invisible, it’s going to take some commitment. Why? Because to achieve the look, you’ll have to run them behind the walls.
To do this, you’ll need a drywall saw, drill, or utility knife to cut two holes in the drywall with—one behind your television and the other near the outlet. Install wall-mounted cable plates on each one of the holes and run the cords through the top plate down through the lower plate.
If your cords are on the shorter side, use an in-wall power and cable kit to add an outlet directly behind your television.
2. Hide Them in Plain Sight
All your peripheral devices—cable boxes, Apple TVs, Rokus, etc.—add to the mess of wires, and, let’s face it, they’re kind of unattractive. Hide them away behind doors in a sideboard or cabinet.
No holes? No problem! You can easily add one using a drill and an inexpensive hole-cutter attachment. And if you don’t want to open the doors every time you watch television, purchase an infrared receiver that connects to the cable box.
3. Hide the power strip
Power strips are a great way to add additional outlets, but they can also be a source of cord clutter. Fortunately, most power strips have holes on the back so that you can hang them on the wall with just a few screws or nails.
If you’re unwilling to drill holes and pound nails, use removable adhesive strips to mount it to the wall or the underside of your entertainment center.
4. Use a Cable Management Box
These simple devices are kind of ingenious. Take off the lid and place your power strip inside. All the cables for your devices enter through one side, and the single cord for the power strip comes out the other. Plug everything in, put the lid on, and presto! Cords and clutter are contained inside.
5. Invest in Cable Reels
Cable reels are nifty little devices that come in various shapes, styles, colors, and sizes. They help take up the slack and are more attractive than gathering up excess cables and cinching them with a twist tie.
6. Bundle Them
Sometimes there is little you can do to hide cords and cables. But, you can make them appear neater by using a cord wrap. Bundling cords is an easy way to keep printer, computer, or phone wires in one place and your work surface looking uncluttered.
7. Label Your Cords
This one may seem odd but hear us out. Take the time to identify and label both ends of your cords and cables. Odds are, you’ll find a cable that’s not attached to a device or could be plugged in elsewhere. And this exercise will make things go more smoothly if you have to unplug and move devices.
8. Use a Docking Station
An all-in-one docking station eliminates cord clutter and reduces arguments over whose cable is whose. And it encourages everyone to recharge their devices in a central location instead of throughout the house.
9. Cable Catchers and Cord Management
When you unplug your smartphone or laptop, what happens to the cable? Most likely, it drops to the floor. Cable catchers eliminate the problem. Stick one to your desktop or nightstand to prevent them from falling to the floor every time you unplug a device.
And you can adhere them to the legs of furniture to harness those dangling cords behind your desk too.
Use these ideas to cut the clutter of cords throughout your home. Before you know it, your rooms will be worthy of a magazine.
- Jaroslaw Michalowski