How to Disguise a Wall Phone Jack

Written by mia carter
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A phone jack can be unsightly on a wall, and an easy fix involves placing furniture, a large potted plant or other decorative item in front of the jack to hide it. But placing an object in front of the jack is not always an option. Fortunately, you can use some simple methods to disguise the jack so that it's much less prominent.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Paint or wallpaper to match the wall
  • Small paintbrush (for painted walls only)
  • Hot glue (for wallpapered walls only)
  • Scissors (for wallpapered walls only)
  • Paper towel
  • Hammer
  • Cord clips

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  1. 1

    Remove the phone cord from the jack and from the phone and place it aside.

  2. 2

    Remove the two screws that affix the phone jack cover to the wall; there will be one on the top and one on the bottom. Place the screws in a safe location where they won't be lost.

  3. 3

    Pull the phone jack cover off the wall and wipe it with a damp paper towel to remove dust.

  4. 4

    Paint the wall jack and the cord (except for the connectors at the end) the same colour as the wall using a small paintbrush. If the wall is wallpapered, cut a small piece of wallpaper from a spare roll--the piece should be slightly larger than the phone jack cover. Wrap it around the phone jack and use hot glue to tack it down on the back side of the jack.

  5. 5

    Replace the phone jack cover on the wall and replace the screws.

  6. 6

    Run the cord straight down to the top of the floor moulding, then run the cord along the top of the moulding, using a hammer to insert cord pins as you go. A cord pin is "U"-shaped piece of metal that's hammered into the wall. The two ends of the "U" go into the wall; the cord is held against the wall by the curved part of the "U." This will make the cord less obvious, thereby making the wall jack less obvious, as a messy cord will draw the eye toward the jack.

Tips and warnings

  • Instead of disguising a wall jack, you can make it look more attractive by purchasing a decorative cover. They're available alongside the switch plates and power outlet covers in the hardware store.
  • If you live in an apartment or dorm and can't insert nails into the wall, you can use adhesive cord clips to hold the cord in place.

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