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How To Hide Wall Mounted TV Cords Without an Electrician

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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.

Living room showing How to Hide-Flat screen TV-Cords and wires on a fireplace wall.

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 cover-Wall mounted TV-cords and wires

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.

Cable-Ties

supplies needed:

  • Fabric – enough to cover the length of the cords
  • Velcro – sticky back
  • Cable ties
  • Scissors
  • 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

  1. Band Cords Together


    Band the cords together using cable ties as shown in the above photo.

    Covering TV cords with fabric

  2. Cable Tie Placement


    Place a cable tie about every 6 inches along the length of the cords.

    how to band TV cords to make a cover to hide them.

  3. 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.

    first step in making a fabric TV cord cover to hide unsightly cords and wires.

  4. 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.

    How to attach Velcro to make a TV cord hiding cover.

  5. 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.

    Velcro TV cord Cover

  6. Arrange Seam To Back


    Make sure that the seam of the cover is hidden and facing the wall.

    how to hide TV cords n a wall mounted TV

How to Make Cord Cover Hanger

How to make a wire hook to hold TV cords to hide them.

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.

Wire-hook to hold TV cords

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.

How to hide electrical cords on a wall mounted TV

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.

Flat screen TV mounted on wall above a fireplace.

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.

how to place trim molding to hide TV wires.

Find out more:

Find out how I transformed the brick fireplace in the photo above to a stone fireplace for $150 in these posts:

DIY Fireplace Makeover on a Budget

Paint a Hearth to Look Like Stone

Living room with wall mounted TV over a fireplace with the hanging TV cords hidden by a DIY cover.

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60 Comments

  1. Ha, I made the same exact thing a few months ago! Great minds think alike. It looks great! For anyone who plans to try thi, If you have the paint swatch from when you painted your room, remember to take it with you when you pick out fabric :)

  2. Our tv is above our fireplace but the cords are in the wall. And I still hate it. I hate the big black box over my mantle. It makes decorating the mantle more of a challenge. I would much prefer my little tv in the cabinet that I could close the doors on.

    1. Thanks Kristie – I did it a few years ago. Thanks to a few readers who asked about it – I realized it would be a good post.

  3. Diane,
    You come up withe the best ideas! Perfect for your fireplace wall. We recently had this dilemma with a new flat screen in the bedroom. It is mounted on a wall, high, opposite our bed. We had a “flat “there, my favorite TV, but it went on “kind of a fritz,” called the cable co. and they managed to get the TV working again. Long story . . . eventually we had to get a cable box, mount it behind the TV because there was no place for it to sit. Box blocked the TV vents and fried the TV. Bought a new TV . . . Closet behind that wall. Hubby made a shelf, velcroed the box to this removable shelf should we need to access and made a hole through tthe wall for the wires using the insert for a cam light. Getting the picture? Works like a charm! Electric eye on TV to use remote for off/on. So . . . I have him on DIY projects now too. Hope this made sense. No brick wall to deal with so this was possible!
    I need to take pictures . . .
    Love, Lynne

    1. Hi Lynne – Sounds like a charm to have a closet with a shelf on the wall behind – perfect. I can understand why you have hubby on DIY projects now.

  4. This is just GENIUS!!! I have been sitting in my living room staring at the bundle of wires hanging from the open shelves that house my dvd player and cable box, HATING THEM since May when we remodeled! My hubby is an electrician, so he tells me all the time, “I’ll do something about it soon!” Yeah, just like the wires that were hanging down on over the floor, that I finally attached to the baseboard molding with 3M hooks! Looks much better, and the dogs aren’t tripping on them anymore! I will be looking for coordinating fabric tomorrow! Can’t wait to fix it and see how long it takes him to notice I did it!!

    1. Thanks Michele –

      Just like the mechanic whose own car doesn’t run – you have your very own electrician and end up doing the the work. :) When I make any changes in my house my daughters and I take bets on how long it takes my husband to notice. It is usually about 2 weeks.