Are looking for ideas on how to hide the cords on a wall mounted TV? I have a two ideas for you. One requires a drill and a cord kit. This is the best way. If you are in a rental home or apartment and can’t drill into the wall, the other cord hiding idea I am sharing uses fabric and is easily made and removed.
I turned a bedroom into a fitness room. One of the features I wanted in the room was a TV to watch when working out and a DVR to follow online fitness classes.
How to Hide The Cords on a Wall Mounted TV
In my last post about transforming the room, 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. Everything is pretty much the same, but the wires now run inside a tube that you place in the wall.
Home improvement stores sell the Flat Screen In Wall Cover and Power kits. There are many to choose from.
I used this In Wall and Power Cable kit to run the TV wires “to code” behind the wall. The kit comes complete with outlet boxes.. The kits cost around $50 and are the best and safest way to hide TV cords behind the walls. It comes with a flexible tube that the cables and wires are encased in.
Update: Most newer TV cord hiding kits being sold today, do not have a flexible tube to hold the wires anymore.
- If you have a lot of cables and wires hooked up to your TV make sure to look for a kit that has larger holes for the cables and wires to go in and out of easily. I found this newer TV Cord Hiding Kit and like it since it has a separate space for all your cables and wires to run though.
- This is another kit option – TV Cord & Cable Power Kit
What Comes In the TV Cord Hiding Kit?
- Corrugated plastic tube with connected outlets, cover, long extension cord, hole saw bit for a power drill, wire snake, paper template
TV Cord Hiding Installation Overview
The outlet power is attached to a plastic tube that you place behind the wall via two holes that you drill into the wall behind the TV(one hole low on the wall, the other higher on the wall behind the TV). Your TV cords run through the plastic tube.
The top outlet has a power plug. This is where you plug in 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. (I placed a piece of furniture in front of this outlet so it is hidden from view, but still easy to get to if needed.)
Steps on How to Install A TV Cord Hiding Kit in a Wall
- After placing the TV mounting bracket (purchase separately to fit your TV) 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 near an existing wall outlet where the cords and the kit’s power source coming out of the wall will be plugged into.
2. Use the circular drill bit to make the holes.
3. 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.
4. The top part of the kit’s power cord has an outlet. You plug the TV into this behind the TV. At the bottom opening, you then need to plug in the power to an existing wall outlet.
INSTALLATION TIP: 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.
6. 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.
***How To Hide TV Cords Behind a Wall OPTIONS/VARIATIONS***
If you don’t want to put cords behind a wall to hide them when hanging a wall mounted flat screen TV here a few options for you.
You can cover the wires with a flat moulding-like cover. It is white, but can be painted the the same color as a wall or the moulding in the room.
- You can see how this works here: TV Wire Cord Cover Kit
How I Hid the 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 this post: Installing a Swivel Mounted TV
You can find out more about how I transformed this unused bedroom into a fitness room in these posts: