Tired of the tangle of wires under your desk or dangling behind the TV? Do you wish there weren’t so many? Not only unsightly, exposed wires are a safety hazard as well. But we need them because our computers, TVs and other electronics won’t work without hook-ups to power. And that usually means wires. But don’t get discouraged. Learn how to hide cords under your desk or behind shelves with these tips.

How to hide the tv wires and computer cables.

You’ve just bought a new television or computer. But it can be frustrating to deal with all the wires that come with it. Why are our eyes always drawn to that messy tangle of cords? They become the unintended focal point. In fact, they can spoil the whole look of your room.

Even in this era of wireless technology, there will always be plenty of wires to deal with. Everything cannot run on batteries. Ethernet is faster than WIFI. And your router needs cables. No matter how much you try to stick to wireless devices, you’re going to need to plug in certain things to make them work. So what can be done? Taping them to the underside of furniture just isn’t good enough. That may hide them from adult eyes, but it doesn’t work for your shorter household members. No one wants to leave a dangerous, exposed wires where a baby or even pets can reach them. We need a better solution. Luckily, there are ways to permanently remove the hazard from the cords and clean up the appearance.

Build a box under your TV to hide cords.

Shelving unit with shallow cabinet to hide cords for TV.
Contemporary media center for the art enthusiast with wire management cabinets under the television. It’s an ingenious solution for how to hide cords and wires coming from your electronics. And the cabinet can be locked!

You can hide all the wires without opening up the walls in your home. Simply build a shallow box to contain them and cover the electrical outlets. Use wood, paintable plywood, MDF, or laminate covered particle board for construction. The box should be open on the side where it sits against the wall. It doesn’t need to be deep. Three to four inches will suffice. Cut a small hole or scallop the edge (cut a semi-circle) on top so that you can feed the wires into the box and plug them in. After you finish making your box, cover the front of it with a set of two hinged doors. Use simple flat wood or other paintable material to make the doors yourself. Or order them to size from a reputable cabinet or closet company that does custom work.

If your TV sits on a shelf, the best place to mount your box is directly underneath. Attach it to your shelving unit if you have one or just mount it directly to the wall using ‘L” brackets. Add or move an electrical outlet if necessary because you want to make sure to cover the plugs completely. Paint your box to match the surrounding shelves or entertainment center. That way, it is less noticeable. If you have small children, consider placing a simple drawer lock on the doors to keep little fingers out.

The finished box keeps everything neat and clean looking. It improves safety as well because children and pets can’t access the wires.

Finished cabinet for wire management designed and built by closets.com designers.

Conceal the wires under your desk in the same manner.

How to hide the wires under a desk
This picture of the leg room area shows how to hide the wires under a desk. The wire management box in this case includes handles for ease in opening the doors. Small handles like this are possible because the space under the desk is fairly deep in comparison to an entertainment center or shelving unit.

Wire management under your home office/desk is just as important as concealing the wires for the TV. Hide the wires under your desk the same way as with the television. That means you should build a box. Keep the box shallow because you don’t want to lose too much leg room. However, there are often more wires connected to your computer and office equipment than TV, so plan accordingly.

The first thing you should do is make sure that electrical outlets and cable/ethernet hook-ups are accessible. Move either your desk or the outlets to make sure this is so. Then build your box.

The wire management box looks best when the desk is positioned against a wall. Build your box so that it spans the entire open area under the desk. And try to match the finish on the desk with the materials you choose for your box. That way, it will look like an integrated part of the work area.

Home office with all wires neatly concealed.
Conceal the wires in your home office with a shallow cabinet/box to provide safety, better appearance, and easy access all at once.

Use these tips on how to hide cords for the cleanest, safest, most reliable wire management solution.

Wire management was probably the last thing on your mind when you bought your last computer, printer, television, etc. But all the wires that come with it quickly come to the forefront while you’re setting the equipment up. The cables and cords are a safety as well as visual problem. Luckily, the best looking wire management solution is also the most secure. Use our wire management box to create an attractive, built-in solution to hide your cords. Be proactive. Prevent accidents around the home. Lock everything away from little fingers. It’s your best looking, easy to access, and safest way to go.

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