How to Cover Up Extension Cords

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How to Cover Up Extension Cords
Extension cords can easily be covered or hidden. (extension cable image by Gudellaphoto from Fotolia.com)

One problem that many homeowners encounter is a lack of electrical sockets, especially in older houses. In order to plug in lamps, televisions or computers, extension cords may be needed to reach the closest outlet. However, draping extension cords across the floor is unsafe and unattractive. Even pushing extension cords along the walls can look ugly, especially if the cords are a different colour than the surrounding decor. One of the best ways to keep extension cords safe and out of the way is by covering them up.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Cord cover kit
  • OR
  • Cable organiser
  • OR
  • Zip ties
  • OR
  • Home accessories
  • OR
  • Baseboard channels
  • OR
  • Towel hooks

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Purchase and install a cord cover kit. Cord covers can look like tubes, or have flat backs made for attachment to walls. The covers are typically made of PVC or plastic and can be placed along the walls or adhered to the wall close to the baseboard.

  2. 2

    Purchase and install a cable organiser. Begin by untangling extension cords, then place the wires in the cable organiser. Cable organisers have grooves that will hold the cords in place. The cover is then snapped shut, and the cable organiser can be mounted on the wall or on a desk.

  3. 3

    Bind several cords together with zip ties. Although zip ties will not necessarily hide the cords, they will organise and condense several cords to make the space look less cluttered.

  4. 4

    Hide the cords behind home accessories. Extension cords can be slid underneath or placed behind furniture such as couches, desks and chairs. Colourful accessories such as floor lamps, floor vases and interior foliage can be placed in front of extension cords to draw the eye away from a tangle of wires.

  5. 5

    Purchase and install special baseboards with wire channels along the backside. Extension cords can be snapped into the channels, then the baseboards are attached to the wall much like regular baseboards. This method holds the cords in place while hiding them and keeping them off the floor.

  6. 6

    Screw towel hooks onto the back of desks or entertainment centres that hold several electronics. Sometimes, extension cords are needed for items such as DVD players and sound systems since the cords to these items are not always long enough to reach the outlet from a tall entertainment centre or desk. In this case, the hanging extension cords can be wrapped around the towel hooks, hiding them behind the furniture.

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