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Tips to Hide Cords and Cables

Nothing can ruin clean design lines or great décor more than unsightly electronics and appliance cords. Here are some tips to help keep cables and cords out of sight.

Get Rid of the Clutter

Consider replacing office and small kitchen appliances with a single piece that functions as an all-in-one device. To reduce cord clutter from must-have items like cell phones or tablets, use a decorative charging station. It can hide cords for many handheld devices and can add personality to a room.

Accessorize and Arrange

Use accessories or furniture at every angle. Place rugs over cords that run on the ground. Find vases, storage containers, waste baskets and decorative pieces that are aesthetically pleasing but can double as masking agents.

Find a Product That Works

There are inexpensive and easy-to-install products that will cover cords and cables for you. Products like the Cable Zipper or floor or wall cord channels can be quick solutions for minimizing obvious cord run-off. Additionally, Styrofoam or plastic tubing can be cut lengthwise and slipped around several cords. Look for products that match floor boards or can be painted to match the wall or an accent color.

Use What You Have

Arrange furniture so that anything with a cord can be near an outlet, so you can avoid running power supply cables across the room. Mount your hardware under furniture. Attach the Internet router or power strip underneath your desk or your DVR inside the TV console. Stow your less-used devices inside cabinets or drawers.

Go Wireless

You can buy wireless electronics and appliances such as lamps, printers, speakers, keyboards and wireless TV satellite equipment that may be worth the investment.

Be Creative

Try using fabrics that match the design of the room. Sew a basic sleeve from fabric and push up and around the cord before plugging it in. Use organization elements, like clips, Velcro or zip ties, to wrangle several cords together before attaching to a piece of furniture. Add paint if you’re feeling extra creative.

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