Considering the number of products in the home that use electricity, you're likely to have some wires straggling about between appliances and electrical sockets. Unless managed properly, these electric cables can make your home look cluttered and messy. Fortunately, hiding these cables and keeping them orderly is simple, easy to do, and inexpensive if you're willing to put a little extra work into the project.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Twist ties
- Electrical tape
- Clear tape or masking tape
- Cable organiser
- Surge protector
Evaluate the room and consider where each electrical appliance is in relation to the closest electrical socket. You're going to want to plug an appliance into the closest outlet, so this is where surge protectors come in. Surge protectors allow you to plug multiple appliances into a single outlet, making the traditional two-plug wall outlet something more practical.
Unplug appliances and insert surge protectors where necessary. You'll be needing surge protectors in outlets where you will be plugging more appliances than there are wall outlets. You will not need a surge protector in every outlet.
Check the distance between the appliance and the wall outlet or surge protector. Wrap off any excess wire and tie it together using the twist tie. If the wire is near furniture such as a couch or a desk, try to hide the excess wire behind or under the furniture, keeping the bundled/coiled portion out of sight. Electrical tape can be used like twist ties to bundle electrical wire.
Use a weak tape such as clear tape or masking tape to hide electrical wire at the floor along walls, to attach it to desks, and to bind it safely to other furnishings such as TV stands.
Make use of a cable organiser for areas with lots of clutter. While unessential, a cable organiser can be helpful in areas where you're running a lot of excess wire (such as behind a TV). This can be found in the hardware/electrical section of most stores.
Tips and warnings
- Hiding electrical wires is all about planning and will vary from home to home and room to room. Take your time and consider all of your options before you start taping things together.
- When working with electric cables, use caution and wear protective gloves to avoid getting shocked.
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