Updated on January 3, 2022
How do you hide electrical cords in a living room? There are several techniques available to hide unseemly electrical cords in your living room. Some require little to no effort, aside from the initial setup, while others take a little more know-how, access to tools, and the ability to alter the room without violating any lease agreement or upsetting any roommates or family members.
Ideas for Hiding Electrical Cords
Decorate the Electrical Cord
Art (Are) you ready for this?
Bust out the art supplies and bring your idea to life by getting the imagination flowing. If you already have a vibrant and unique living room, make it a little more so by decorating your cords and cables as well.
Decorate a Shoebox
Shoe (Shoo) cord, don’t bother me
Instead of recycling that old shoebox, use it to make a container for your electrical cord. With a bit of material (construction paper, cloth, ribbon, etc.) and some scissors and glue, you can have a handcrafted box for your electrical cord in no time.
- Paint it to match your carpets, furniture, or walls
- Cover it in artificial grass or straw to mimic your indoor garden
In a Basket
Easter isn’t the only time of year to use a basket. Using a basket to hide your electrical cord(s) is also an effective solution. Place it in a basket with an opening to feed the cord through to eliminate the constant eyesore created by its presence.
In a Dresser
Dress(er) for success
Having a dresser to place your electrical cords in can make a real difference when organizing your living room. Dedicate a small dresser or drawer to conceal your assortment of cables that power all of your tech needs.
Behind a Fake Plant
If you enjoy the sight of a plant without all of the mess, buy a fake plant to put your electrical cord(s) behind. Regardless of the size of the electrical cord, you can use any number of fake plants to conceal it by running/fastening the cord along the trunk or branches of it.
One of the simplest methods for hiding electrical cords is by using your furniture. This can easily be achieved by running the cable for your cords underneath or behind your couch, shelf, or table. While not the most elegant solution, simple is almost always better.
On a Shelf
Books are a great way to hide them, as well. Place the electrical cord inside a book cover on a shelf with an open back. You can always cut a small hole in the back of a shelf to feed the cable through, If you don’t have a shelf with no back.
Keep It off the Ground
Get vertical with it.
Who says an electrical cord has to be on the ground? Utilize the space on the underside of your table or couch by taping the cord to it and keeping it out of sight but still easily within reach.
Eliminate the Need for a Cord
Although it may cost more in the long run, utilizing battery-powered tech is a small price to pay for some when it comes to convenience and beauty. A jumbled mass of wires can quickly eliminate the desired intent of your décor.
Cut a Hole in the Wall
A hole in one (wall).
Eliminate the need for electrical cords in your living room by feeding it through a strategically placed hole in the wall. Once you’ve decided on the best location, cut a hole in the wall to run your cord through and say goodbye to annoying plugs and wires.
- Decide where you want to cut the hole for the cord.
- Assemble your tools (saw, file/sandpaper, etc.)
- Next, measure out the hole to be cut and mark it.
- Then, cut the hole with the saw and file/sand it smooth.
- Feed the cord through the hole and secure it.
- Finally, test everything to ensure success.
Ensure you have at least one outlet in a centralized location in the living room. This may seem obvious, but simple things can be overlooked when planning/building a house.
Secure It in Place Out of Sight
Another simple solution for hiding an electrical cord is to use electrical tape, cable fasteners, or zip-ties to secure it in the desired location out of sight. You can easily accomplish this by running the cables in out-of-the-way areas such as in corners, behind furniture, and, for the more ambitious, you can even tape it along the ceiling.
After considering your needs, run the cable along its discreet path and secure it in place to hooks, railing, etc.
Create a Plan
Regardless of the choice you make to organize and unclutter the mass of wires that is in your living room, having a plan makes all the difference.
- Understand your needs
- Brainstorm your solution
- Write and/or draw it out, includes taking any needed measurements
- Make it happen
- Double-check your work
- Award yourself for a job well done
What Works Best for You?
Deciding the best solution depends on your needs, abilities, and limitations. Your needs should be the first concern, if it doesn’t address the issue, there’s no point. Equally important, being capable of performing or learning how to perform the task is another factor to keep in mind. Finally, consider your limitations such as the ability to alter the drywall or add new outlets without violating a lease agreement or upsetting your roommates or landlord.
If you’re inclined to the arts, use your arts and crafts abilities by creating a unique container or painting your electrical cords to look like the carpet. If you’re looking for an easy solution, use your furniture or a basket to hide the eyesore of wires.
So remember, as the adage goes “There’s more than one way to skin a goat.”