How to hide wall mounted TV cords on fireplace walls or brick walls without the need of an electrician, power tools, or carpentry skills.
After my last post, I received a few questions about the TV in my living room – specifically wanting to know how I hid the cords and wires since the TV is mounted above a fireplace.
In a perfect world, I would answer that there were electrical and cable outlets on the wall behind the TV, but since my house was built in 1993 – flat screen TV’s mounted on walls was not something builders included in their design.
We could have drilled a hole in the wall ourselves and threaded the cords/wires like I did for this wall mounted TV, but with the brick fireplace that was not an option.
What did I do? My easy fix is one that lessens the eyesore of exposed wires. I covered them with a sleeve of fabric in the same color as the wall.
How To Hide the Cords on a Flat Screen TV Without an Electrician
If a fabric cover won’t work for your space, then head to the end of this post for another option to cover the cords dangling from a wall mounted TV.
- Fabric – enough to cover the length of the cords
- Velcro – sticky back
- Cable ties
- Optional: wire and a picture hanging hook
Time needed: 20 minutes.
How to Cover and Hide Wall Mounted Flat Screen TV Cords Without Power Tools
- Band Cords Together
Band the cords together using cable ties as shown in the above photo.
- Cable Tie Placement
Place a cable tie about every 6 inches along the length of the cords.
- How to Make a Fabric TV Cord Cover
Figure out how long and wide your sleeve of fabric should be to cover the cords. The fabric should wrap around the bundled cords/wires loosely. Cut the fabric to size and hem the raw edges with fabric glue or if you have a sewing machine, finish the raw edges with sewn hems.
- Add Sticky Back Velcro
Place your fabric right side down – peel the two sides of the Velcro apart. Attach one side of Velcro along each long edge of the fabric: On the left edge of the fabric place the Velcro on top of the fabric. On the right edge – the Velcro goes on the underside of the fabric edge.
- Wrap Cover Around Cords
When the cover is wrapped loosely around the cords it makes a nice and neat sleeve of fabric. The Velcro along the edges will keep the cover closed while it is around the cords.
- Arrange Seam To Back
Make sure that the seam of the cover is hidden and facing the wall.
How to Make Cord Cover Hanger
I made a hook out of wire and wrapped it around the end of the bundled wires that run behind the cabinet that go to the electric outlet.
I then attached a picture hanging hook on the wall behind the cabinet and above the outlet and hooked the wire loop on the cords over it. This keeps the cords/wires from hanging down directly from the edge of the mantel.
If you look closely you can see the TV cord hiding cover on the left side of the mantel.
I have been pretty happy with this TV cord cover. It works for my needs. I sometimes place pretty objects in front of it and other times I leave the space bare since the fabric blends into the wall.
When you don’t have the budget to hire an electrician or the skills needed to drill a hole in the wall with power tools, this TV cord hiding cover works very well.
2 More DIY Options to Hide Cords
If the fabric cover doesn’t work for your space, you can also use pre-made cord covers or if you have woodworking skills, you can add decorative trim molding to the wall behind the TV.
Find out more:
- TV Cord Covers for Walls
- How to Add Trim Molding To Hide TV Cord Covers as shown above. Once you paint the wall and trim the same color it will look like a raised paneling.
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