After spending hundreds on a top-of-the-range new TV make sure that the look isn’t ruined by a jungle of wires — cable management is key.
TVs, games consoles and the various gadgets and boxes that go hand-in-hand with the latest technology may enhance the entertainment side of life but they can create something of an eyesore in the room they occupy thanks to the tangle of cables and wires that usually accompany them. We show you some of the best ways to keep those cables under control.
Hide Cables in the Wall
If you are carrying out some other structural work or are giving the room a decorating make-over, it is well worth considering creating space within the walls to take the new wires of your TV. This is a particularly good idea if you plan on having a wall-mounted TV, where a trail of cables dangling down beneath can somewhat ruin an otherwise modern and sleek decor scheme.
Most new builds use stud walls for their internal partitions which makes the job of hiding cables away within in them easy. Simply drilling a small hole behind the TV, with another directly below at floor level, means cables can be fed down and through before being plugged into sockets behind your TV stand or entertainment unit.
In the case of solid or brick walls, it is better to create a false wall or decorative panel instead (see below).
Use Built-in Storage
A TV unit is one of the best way to conceal TV cables and wires. Whether you choose a ready-build cabinet or a bespoke TV stand, most are available with cut outs at the back of the construction through which cables can be neatly threaded.
A TV stand with storage or shelving will not only make cable management a doddle but will also make storing entertainment boxes, DVD player and games console easier.
Clever Cord Covers
Cable covers, plaster or metal trunking or cable tidies are all ready available, designed specifically to hide TV cables, Some are self-adhesive, sticking directly to the wall, whilst others can be screwed in. Many cable covers can also be painted to match the wall colour and become almost invisible. These are a great option for wall-mounted TVs, whilst cable tidies come in a variety of lengths and thicknesses and can hide up to around six cables and are a good option for behind TV stands, avoiding that tangled mess of unruly wires.
Cord or cable clips are a simple and inexpensive ways to keep all your TV cables in order. Some need screwing in whilst others, suitable for just one cord, are self-adhesive. They are best used on the back or TV stands or units to keep each cable separate and easy to access, as well as keeping the floor clear of wires. On wall-mounted TV units they could also be attached to the underside.
Create a False Wall
Those with solid walls or who would prefer not to start drilling through stud walls should consider constructing a decorative panel or small section of false wall on which to mount the TV. A simple MDF, plywood or timber panel, either painted, timber clad or covered in wallpaper can be fixed to the wall with the cables running behind it. Not only will this keep cords and cables tucked nicely away but it can also become a striking feature of the room, creating a focal point.
Use Decorative Boxes
Using decorative storage boxes or baskets within TV stands is a quick and easy solution to tidying away a mass of unsightly cables and wires — as well as complementing the room’s decor. Simply holes within the back of the boxes and use them to store extension leads and adaptors along with the lengths of leads that come with them.
Amongst some of the more ingenious ideas for hiding away cables, shower poles and copper pipe feature highly. Hollow shower poles make a fantastic cable covers can be fixed to the wall beneath wall-mounted TVs, concealing the cables and taking them right down to the floor space behind the TV or entertainment unit. Copper piping lends and industrial look and works in a similar way.