With the way technology is advancing year upon year, knowing how to hide wires has become imperative. New gadgets and inventions show up on the market almost weekly. Devices ranging from home automation ideas to home security are all the rave, but with more gadgets, comes more responsibility.
Generally, gadgets and consumer electronics are there to help us in our daily lives. But with the accumulation of hardware over time, we’ll soon be living in a home distraught with newfangled contraptions and their wires. After all, what “electronic” device doesn’t need electricity?
Before you fall into that trap, let’s look at ways on how to keep your house looking sleek and free from cables as much as possible. We probably won’t be able to get rid of them all, but these cable management tips might solve more than you expect.
How To Hide Wires
The game here is organizing.
The greatest obstacle in keeping away all those wires is to initially get them unwound. This would be the initial battle. The first thing you should do is to disconnect the electric cord and follow the source. Label the name of the gadget on something like bread tags, or you may just write the name of the device on adhesive tape and bind it on electric cord close to the electrical outlet.
This method probably won’t appear like a major ordeal, yet doing it at the moment will spare you a whole plethora of issues (trust me!) eventually, should you have to separate that specific electric cord in the future. Plus, it just makes things more organized.
Zip Ties And Clamps
The zip tie is the cheapest method for achieving the most essential way of cleaning cable wire mess. With zip ties, you can fasten cable wires together and keep them behind a work area, through a divider or under a bookshelf. This, in effect, keeps things neat and organized.
However, this still wouldn’t be the perfect solution. The disadvantage of using a zip tie is that once tied around, the wires will stay in place forever. To unfasten it you would need to cut it. A very sharp object, like a pin or needle for sewing, can also be used to unfasten zip ties, but it will take a long time to do it, and honestly, that’s a lot of fuss, and there are a lot of ties available in the local store.
You may you use clamps if you want to use it again, using the same method as the zip ties but this time it can be fixed using a hook system. But this is rather costly than zip ties though you can always buy cheaper ones with a basic screw while the more expensive one with a hook system.
However, if you keep on moving the cable wires around, eventually, they tend to detach from the tie and will clutter around the area. This can get very unsightly over time. Although zip ties and clamps are good ideas in resolving the issue, sometimes these methods are additionally unattractive, so they don’t look great when you have a situation where a heap of wires are cluttered in an open space.
You might want to try cable sleeves. It’s a tube made of cloth that can hold various cables and keep them firmly bound together while at the same time concealing them and making them inconspicuous.
Although they are typically dark, sleeves can be obtained in various colours that suits your decorative theme. This would be especially helpful if you have a theme going for your kitchen wall decor ideas. It will make your work area look clean. A zippered cable sleeve is much better because it holds all your cords and zips them up. It is easy for you to get or add cords afterwards.
Sleeves can be bought at any hardware stores, computer shops or online. This is a very thrifty solution because they are, most of the time, pretty inexpensive. Costs drift around a quarter for every foot for fundamental arrangements and a couple of bucks for every foot for ones that are of higher quality or not in demand to use. But premium products will always cost more in almost every facet of life.
Conceal Extension Cord
Extension Cords are the cause of all these wire messes. So, concealing them will help clean the clutter of various wires. Try placing the extension cord near the base of the furniture in your work area or just beneath the legs of your furniture. All extension cords have holes at the back so it would be easy for you to mount it near the electrical outlet.
This isn’t always applicable, but if you can, you can try to tie the cables or wires around the legs of furniture. Especially if they are the same color, this is a great way to clean out the clutter while making them inconspicuous as well.
Shelving / Cabinets
Your work area or other furniture may have little to no room at all for free movement because of the wires that go over the floor. In turn, you will find no place to put your other gadgets or other household items. This dilemma in itself causes more clutter. Also, it gets pretty hard to work with a messy table. It can get very distracting.
A lesser-known technique to get around this problem is by adding shelves and cabinets. They take up vertical “real-estate” therefore reducing the horizontal clutter or the mess directly in front of you.
If you do decide to put up a cabinet, a great way to hide the wires is to create a small distance between the cabinet and the wall rather than to have the entire cabinet touch the wall. Next, put up an extension outlet near the cabinet and then choose which electronics can sit on the cabinet.
Drill a hole behind that gadget and slide in the plug. Then, plug it in the outlet and, if you can, hide the outlet behind the cabinet. Voila, you never have to see anything other than the performing electronic item from now on.
Never stop mid-way. Stopping mid-way defeats the purpose of the entire activity, and worse, it can actually create more clutter.
Extend your patience and maybe have a friend or give the next-door kid some lunch money to help you out! This way you can have the extra hand you will be needing, and create rapport with your neighbours.