A new TV, sound system or computer adds a valuable upgrade to the home or office environment. During installation the question of what to do with the unsightly cables arises. With wall-mounted TVs or a modem cable coming through the wall, camouflage presents a challenge. To overcome the mass of spaghetti-like cables hanging down the wall, invest in cable covering products. The new breed of cable organisers designed for hiding cables come in sleek designs. In a matter of minutes you can hide the cables and cords and have a clean looking wall.
Check cable lengths. The "PC World" website recommends reducing cable clutter by replacing long cables with shorter ones, then covering them. Measure along the wall from the TV or cable outlet to the floor, and from there to the point where each cable or cord plugs into the TV, computer or modem. Note the distance from the TV or cable outlet to the floor: this is the length of cable-covering product you will need. Make a list of which cables you need in which length. Add three inches to each cable measurement for slack.
Measure the diameter, width and depth of the cables as a group. Hold the cables against the wall and measure the width across, and the distance from the wall to the top of the cables. Make a note of these measurements.
Shop for cable organising supplies and purchase shorter cables if applicable. Find Velcro straps for grouping cables and cords where cable accessories are sold: office supply stores, electronics stores and at stores that sell computers or TVs. Check cable covers, also referred to as cable channels. Use the measurements you took to select a product that will enclose the cables. Some products come with corner pieces.
Tame the cables with twist ties or straps. Wrap the twist ties or straps around the cables at two-foot intervals starting six inches below the TV or cable outlet.
Cut the cable cover according to the package instructions. Install the cover over the cables by tucking the cables and cords inside of the cover. Start at the top of the cables and work down to the bottom of the wall.
Hold the cable cover against the wall with one end on the floor to check the measurement for cutting. Allow at least a ½-inch for the cables to come through the bottom of the cover.
Tips and warnings
- Hold the cable cover against the wall with one end on the floor to check the measurement for cutting. Allow at least a ½-inch for the cables to come through the bottom of the cover.
Things you need
- Tape measure
- Cable covering product
- Cutting pliers
- Plants (optional)