It is complete…I finished the last project that needed doing in the bedroom I turned into a fitness room. I hid the cords on the wall mounted TV.
I am so happy that I made the decision to transform the room. I have no excuse now not to workout daily in the nice bright space.
In my last post about it, I left you with this image…
of the wall-mounted TV with exposed cords hanging from it. Not very pretty. I am happy to tell you that they are now history.
Well, not actually history, but the cords are now running behind the wall.
How to Hide Cords on a Wall Mounted TV
I used a packaged kit to run my TV wires safely behind the wall.
Note: When I first ran the cords behind the wall, I did it without the kit and got a lot of comments telling me how unsafe it was. I have deleted that original post and have rewritten the post showing this correct and safe way.
Home improvement stores sell the kits. They are called In Wall and Power Cable kits to run TV wires “to code” behind walls. They come complete with outlet boxes. They cost around $50 and are the best and safest way to hide TV cords behind the walls.
Here is a run down of what you need to do:
The outlet power is attached to a plastic tube that you place behind the wall via two holes that your drill into your wall. Your TV cords run through the plastic tube. The top outlet has a power plug. This is where you plug in the TV. The tube runs through the two holes that you drill in the wall (one low on the wall, the other behind the TV). The kit has a power cable that you need to then plug into an existing wall electrical outlet that is low on the wall.
After placing the TV mounting bracket on the wall, you need to figure out where the two holes need to go so the top one is hidden behind the TV and the bottom one closer to the floor and an existing wall outlet where the cords and the kits power source coming out of the wall will be plugged into.
We used a circular drill bit to make the holes.
Following the kit’s directions, push the tube and cord through the top hole. This looks hard, but it was pretty easy. See that white cord along the black tube? That is the power cord part of the kit and how you will get power to the TV.
The top part of the kits power cord has an outlet. You plug the TV in there behind the TV. At the bottom opening, you then need to plug in the power to an existing wall outlet.
Ask a family member for a second set of hands to help grab and pull out the tube/cord when it reaches the drilled hole near the bottom of the wall.
Thread your cables through the tube and out the bottom hole and connect to the back of the TV on the wall and cable box/DVR below.
All done! It took about 2 hours from start to finish.
IMPORTANT: The hardest part was figuring out where to place the holes in the wall. You want to make sure all the cords that connect from your electronics are long enough to thread through the wall and into the the back of the TV. You may have to purchase longer HDMI cords etc.
If you don’t want to put cords behind a wall to hide them when hanging a wall mounted flat screen TV, check out this post:
How I hid cords on the wall mounted flat screen TV in my family room without running them behind the wall.
- If you want to hide the cable box: check out the end of this post: Installing a Swivel Mounted TV
- If you can’t find a kit in your area: Here is the In-Wall KIT that I used: TV In-Wall Cover and Power Kit
- Affordable 32″ LED TV I used can be found here: 32″ Sharp LED TV
You can find out more about how I transformed this unused bedroom into a fitness room in these posts:
- How to Paint Sub-flooring
- Vision of A Fitness Room
- Fitness Room Mirrors
- Storage Basket on Wheels
- Fitness Room Art
- Window Treatments