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. Either way doesn’t require an electrician.
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 Wall Mounted TV
After transforming a bedroom into a fitness 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 Using a Kit
I used a packaged DIY 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 and hardware 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 in a fitness room and living room. The kit came complete with outlet boxes, but is no longer available. There are many similar kits that will safely hide TV cords behind the walls. It comes with a flexible tube that the cables and wires are encased in.
Update: My kit came with a flexible tube that the cables and wires are encased in. 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.
- Two more TV Cord and Cable Hiding Kits to Consider Using: TV Cord & Cable Power Kit and EchoGear TV & Soundbar Cable Concealer and Power Kit
What Comes In the TV Cord Hiding Kit?
- Corrugated plastic tube with connected outlets, wall plate 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.)
Step-By-Step 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.
Use a stud finder to find the wall studs and mark them with a pencil so you know that you will not drill into them.
2. Use the circular drill bit to make the holes into the drywall. You may have to remove some insulation to clear the hole.
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.
Helpful 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.
5. Use the screws that come with the kit to secure the outlet to the wall behind the TV. This is where you plug in the TV, the rest of the cords go through the tube.
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 and other devices stored below on a TV stand or piece of furniture.
When you decide where to place the holes in the wall you should get the lower one as close to an existing wall outlet as possible. After the tube and cords are pulled out of the bottom hole, depending on how close a wall outlet is, you simply plug the plugs into the wall outlet. The wall outlet in my room was low on the wall and is hidden by the table.
If you have more than two plugs, (normal outlet) you can plug in a multi-outlet power strip that is placed on the furniture that holds all the connected devices.
All done! It took about 2 hours from start to finish.
Important: Length of the Cords
Note where you want 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 cables etc.
Other Options: How To Hide TV Cords Behind a TV
If you don’t want to put cords behind a wall to hide them when hanging a wall mounted flat screen TV here are a few options for you to consider.
- Cover the wires with a flat moulding-like cover – These usually are white, and sometimes called raceways or cable managers. They can be painted the the same color as a wall or the moulding in the room which will help to disguise and hide wires. They act as concealed pass-throughs for the cords and wires. You can see how this works here: TV Cables and Wire Cord Cover Kit
- Use Fabric and Cable Ties or Clips – Learn how to easily bundle and hide cords without having to run the wires behind the wall. See How I Hid the Cords on a Wall Mounted Flat Screen TV above a fireplace mantel.
How to Mount a Power Strip on Wall
If you have a lot of TV wires running into a power strip here is a way to get the power strip and all the wires off the floor.
Using Command Brand strips, place one on the bottom and the other on the top on the back of the power strip.
Attach them to the back of your furniture under the wall mounted TV.
Then use a Command Brand hook to hold up all the excess cords that we only use once in a while, like the cords for the Wii. These do not run through the wall. We simply plug them into the ports on the side of the TV when we need them.
- If you want to hide the TV cable box: check out this post: Installing a Swivel Mounted TV
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