You can hide wires when mounting a flat-screen television in several different ways. This depends on the room's layout, personal preference and the need to access and change connections for additional components or devices. Once a flat-panel TV is mounted, it leaves limited possibilities to hide the wires that need to hang down to power the TV and connect cables. The goal of the installer should be to make the wires look tidy and allow for access later if needed. There are several options available to avoid cutting holes in walls and running wires behind them.
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Things you need
- Wire channel
- Stud finder
Check that the wall mount and TV are secure. Make sure the television will resist some tension and manoeuvring while it is being worked on and wires are being connected to it.
Measure the distance from the television to the devices you would like to connect to it. This will be used to then judge how long to make the wire channel as well as how much wire you will need to connect between the devices and the television. Remember to leave enough space between the floor and the end of the wire channel so the wires can be fed through the channel and connected easily.
Trim the wire channel to the size measured. To be safe, make the channel a bit longer. If necessary, it can be trimmed later.
Use the stud finder to determine there is a stud along the wall. The wall mount for the TV should be on a stud, which you could use.
Secure the wire channel onto the stud with a screwdriver and screws, making sure that the channel is secure and runs the proper length to allow wires enough room to be inserted and pulled out the other end.
Run the wires through the channel. Make sure that the wires are secured within the channel and that there is enough slack on either end to allow connections to the television and television accessory.
Test all the devices before closing the channel and replacing all the television components where they belong. Make sure all connections are secure.
Tips and warnings
- You can put in additional wires for components you might wish to add later. This limits the disturbance that you need to make when adding another device in the future.
- Use a wire channel that can be painted or is a colour that closely matches your wall.
- Over-stuffing a wire channel can cause it to warp or pop open. When you purchase a wire channel, make sure it is the proper size for the number and thickness of wires that you are planning to cover.
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