How to Install a Flat Screen TV on a Wall Without Seeing Wires

Updated July 19, 2017

A wall mounted television looks nice and adds a sophisticated look to your room, but the ugly wires hanging underneath do not. Luckily, there are a couple ways to conceal them. They can be hidden on the outside or the inside of the wall by the TV owner or with the help of a professional electrician. Before mounting your television, decide which where how you want to hide the wires.

Measure the distance from the television to where the wires will be going.

Locate two wall studs with a stud finder. If you do not have one, you can purchase one at your local hardware or home improvement store for about £13 as of January 2010. Mark spots on the wall where the studs are located.

Place marks on the wall between the two studs you've marked, where you will cut two holes--one behind the TV and one below where the cables will come out. Both holes should be between the same two studs. Remember that the bottom hole should be located close to where you will be attaching any devices such as cable boxes, game consoles or DVD players.

Cut a hole in your wall large enough for the wall plates you've chosen. You can do this by tracing around your junction box. The wall plate should be larger than both the junction box and the hole you cut. Drill a hole in all four corners of the sketch. Use a drywall saw to cut along the sketch.

Insert the junction box into the hole and turn either the clips, screws or brackets--depending on the type of box you have--to tighten it to the wall.

Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for the second hole.

Run all wires from the top hole to the bottom. It may be best to only do one wire at a time, depending on how many holes you have to run.

Attach the wall plates. All that's left is to connect the wires to your equipment.

Purchase a cable cover that is long enough and wide enough to cover the cords.

Attach the cable cover base to the wall with the drywall screws that came with the cover.

Put the cords in the base and snap the cover onto the base to hide the cords.

Paint the cover to match your walls.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder
  • Drill
  • Drywall saw
  • Wall plate
  • Junction box
  • Cable cord cover
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Tina Parish lives in northern Ohio. She has worked in the financial services and insurance industries since early 2000 and has been writing professionally since 2008. Now a full-time freelance writer, Tina's articles cover topics in finance, insurance, Ohio tourism and travel, cooking and physical fitness.