How to Hide the Wires for a Flat Screen T.V. Above a Fireplace

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How to Hide the Wires for a Flat Screen T.V. Above a Fireplace
Hiding the wires above your fireplace gives the area an uncluttered feel. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Installing a flat-screen TV over a fireplace allows you to enjoy two focal points of the room in one location. This allows you to keep the same seating arrangements for using both objects. Along with the flat-screen TV comes wires such the power cord and connectors for devices like a DVD player or video game system. Hiding the wires prevents the space from seeming too cluttered.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wire ties
  • Paint
  • Plastic cord cover
  • Decorative objects
  • Furniture
  • Plants
  • Cloth cord cover

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Bunch the wires together with wire ties and paint them to match your existing wall and fireplace mantel colour as a quick, low-cost way to camouflage them.

  2. 2

    Install a plastic cord cover that runs from the bottom of your television to the fireplace mantel if there's a significant gap between the two. Cut the cord cover to the proper size, remove the backing to expose the adhesive and stick into place with the wires behind it. Use an additional cord cover run along the fireplace mantel to hide the remaining cord lengths until reaching the electrical and cable outlets.

  3. 3

    Hide the TV cords by placing decorative objects like framed pictures, small potted plants or a collection of glass vases on the mantel on either side of the television. Run the cords behind these objects. Hide the cords as they continue on down the side by placing items like a bookshelf, potted plant or fireplace accessory such as a tall kindling box next to the fireplace. Place an identical object on the other side for symmetry.

  4. 4

    Group the cords together and place a cloth cord cover over them. Cloth cord covers add a decorative effect to the space around your fireplace.

Tips and warnings

  • Placing the power cables next to your audio/visual cables may cause interference. Run them along separate sides of your mantel and fireplace if possible.

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