Mounting a flat-screen TV to the wall is a good way to save space while leaving the TV easily viewable within the room. Connecting the mounted TV to your AV receiver or speakers can leave a messy tangle of wires though, cluttering up the space beneath the TV and along the floor. Hiding the cords from your wall-mounted TV can be done successfully using cover-ups. Cover-ups are used to mount the cords themselves. When used, they ensure that your TV cords distract neither from the look of the TV mounting nor the decor of the room.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Cable management raceways
Measure the space between the bottom of your wall-mounted television and the floor or floorboard depending on whether you need to run the cables further along the wall or beneath carpeting. Measure the distance between the mounted TV and the AV receiver or speakers. Purchase cords that are long enough to reach the receiver or speakers while running either along the perimeter of the carpet in a carpeted room, or along the baseboards on the walls.
Cut the cable management raceway strip to fit the measurement taken, less 1/8 of an inch for bending the cable at the floor level.
Plug the cables into the wall-mounted TV. Place the cables along the groove of the management strip, running along the strip fully and exiting the other side. The cables run along the back of the strip in preset grooves so that the strip can be placed flush against the wall without flattening the cords.
Mount the cable management strip to the wall. Secure the strip vertically using wood screws placed in the designated predrilled holes along the strip.
Paint the strip the same colour as the wall to make the strip blend in with the room. Allow the paint to dry completely.
Pry up the edge of the carpet from the carpet tacks. Run the cables beneath the carpet around the perimeter of the room to avoid the cable being visible or felt through the carpet. Run the cable along the edge of the carpet just beneath the perimeter next to the tacking strip, until the cords reach the receiver or speakers. Replace the carpet, pushing it back securely onto the tacking strip.
Tuck the speaker cables between the baseboards and the carpet, out of sight. Use a screwdriver to gently push the cords in the space between the baseboard and carpet, running the cable along the baseboard until you reach the receiver or speakers.
Plug the cords from the wall-mounted TV into the receiver or speaker.
Tips and warnings
- When buying cable, always buy longer cables than you need in case an extra bend or detour is required.
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