The electrical wires in your home can be unsightly and hazardous if not managed properly. Pets and children can get to them, they can ruin the layout of a room, or they might just be in the way. Hiding electrical wires is easy, but it's going to take a lot of time and planning if you want the most efficient set-up for your home.
Turn off all the appliances and devices powered with the wires you wish to manage. Make sure all the wires are unplugged from the wall.
Straighten the wires so they're easier to sort through. Keeping things organised will make planning easier, and when you start to set your devices back up again, managing where everything goes will be far more efficient.
Plug a surge protector into the wall, and start working with one device at a time. If cables are long and hanging all over the place, neatly wrap them so they comfortably reach the surge protector, and tie them with a zip or twist tie. You can wrap the cables in a loop, or you can bundle them together if you prefer.
Run the cables through a plastic or rubber pipe or tube if you want to keep them protected from pets or children. This approach will also help bundle the wires together, keeping straggling cord from getting messy and tangled. You can then tuck these pipes away under your entertainment centre or behind other furniture to keep them hidden.
Hide smaller wires by running them tightly against floor boards or under carpet. This works especially well with speaker wire, but will not function so well with cables and power cords.
Use this opportunity to clean all your appliances and electrical devices. If you're taking the time to hide electrical wires to make your home more tidy, you may as well go for the gusto. Plug things into your surge protector according to proximity or how close the surge protector is to the device. You can also label your wires to keep track of what's what. Look into tools such as spiral cable wrap, cord covers, or Cable Turtles to add some extra protection and organisation to your electrical layout.
Always wear protective gloves when handling electrical wires and equipment.