There is nothing that messes up a beautiful room like a mess of cords! There are a lot of different ways to cover them up and make them disappear, but a lot of them are tacky and many cost way more than they should. When we built our new floating shelves we knew we needed to hide those ugly tv cords and what we ended up doing was simple, classy, and most importantly, cheap on how to hide tv cords.
What you need to hide tv cords:
The lovely thing about the wall plates is that they come with a handy little stencil that allows you to cut the hole to exactly the right size. It really doesn’t matter where you put the wall plate as long as it is hidden and gets the cords where you need them to be. We put ours right behind the tv and then on the side wall right above the bottom floating shelf.
Since writing this post I realized that we should have put an electrical outlet behind the tv rather than the cords through the wall. Please be sure to check with your state code before putting an electrical cord through the wall.
1 | Decide
Start by deciding where you want your cords to go. Look on the back of your tv and preferably put your hole right where the cords hook up to the tv. The other hole should be near the cable box.
2 | Cut
Once you’ve decided where they go, use your sheetrock saw and cut out your holes.
3 | Hide
Now, put all your cords inside the flexible tube and slide your tube from one hole to the other. If you’re having a hard time maneuvering them, use a wire hanger or rope to pull them through.
4 | Attach
Once you get them out the bottom hole, put all the cords through the wall plate and screw it in to the wall. And there you have it!
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You don’t have to worry about hitting a stud or anything. In fact, it is easier if you aren’t near a stud at all because there are little wings that fly out and grip the sheetrock when you tighten the screws.
Once you get the cords through, plug in the cables wherever they belong and you’re done! Definitely one of the easiest spruces done in the house so far.
Download this free printable to make it easy to clean up your own cord mess with a supply list and 4 simple steps neatly outlined.