Cords are a necessary evil for the most part – especially when it comes to your TV. So we’re breaking down three simple steps that we took to hide the cords around our TV, along with sharing how we mounted it on the wall and hid the cable box. Look ma, no cords!
These steps cost us less than $75 (total!) and none of them took more than an hour to get done. Here’s what we did:
- Mounted the TV on the wall (we used this $18 mounting hardware from Amazon)
- Installed an in-wall cord system (we used this $40 all-in-one DIY kit from Home Depot)
- Got our power strip off the floor (we already had one, so this step was free)
Here’s the setup we started with before mounting the TV and hiding the wires. Wasn’t exactly clutter free, eh? So let’s get to what you can do to cut down on all those cords.
STEP 1: MOUNT THE TV TO THE WALL
This isn’t exactly a new concept, but it was the first time we ever attempted it, and we gotta admit, we were a little nervous about it going in. But after reading a ton of online reviews we decided to buy this $18 mounting hardware.
It was actually really straightforward and easy (shocker). The back of the TV has holes that are made to screw into the mounting brackets, and then you just connect the backplate into a couple of wall studs with screws, which makes it really secure. The TV wasn’t even very heavy, so it was pretty simple to lift it onto the bracket and lock it in place. Really, this made me nervous but it was no sweat to actually do it.
STEP 2: INSTALL AN IN-WALL CORD SYSTEM
You can see the issue above that we still wanted to solve: those ugly cords snaking down from the TV to the media cabinet below them. So we ran to Home Depot and cruised the A/V aisle and picked up this $40, highly-rated In-Wall Power Cord & Cable Kit.
It essentially walks you through the process of drilling two holes – one that’s behind your TV and another one that’s behind your media cabinet. Then you slide a plastic tube behind your drywall – which basically makes a tunnel for all of your wires to go through. So smart, right? We used some rough Photoshop to show the approximate installation spots where the tube ended up going in the image below:
One of the nicest things about this kit is that it comes with the right hole saw attachment for your drill, so you can make sure your holes are perfectly sized to accommodate the plastic tube. We picked a spot that was right within the mounting hardware plate for our first hole so we were positive the TV would hide it when everything was said and done. Then we made another hole about three feet below our first one, which we knew would be hidden by the media cabinet.
The included instructions explain all of this, but before you shove the tube into your wall you have to cut it to the right length, which is easily done with a small utility knife.
The hardest part might have been wrestling the tube through the wall since we had to squish some of the insulation aside so the tube could go in. One tip would be to cut your hole right near a stud (not directly over one – but next to it) so your tube can more easily slide along the side of the stud and make its way down the wall. Oh and see that white cord that we attached to the black tube with a rubber band? That’s the power cord that is provided with the kit, and the elastic band method will make more sense in a second.
If you look at the top end of that white power cord, it actually looks like an outlet, and it nestles snugly into the top half of the hole (the white part) and the lower part that is clear attaches to the top of your tube and basically becomes the tunnel entrance that all of your cords are fed through. Both the white part and the clear part of this system easily attach to the wall with the screws they provide with the kit – just like a regular fixture box. And once they’re installed, you’ve got a nice recessed spot for your TV to plug in behind the mounting bracket.
These white plastic covers that snap on top for a tidier finished look are also included in the kit. This is what the top part of our in-wall system looked like when it was completed. Those black cords that you see dangling in this photo attach to the back of the TV, so once the TV is on the mounting bracket, neither of them are visible.
The steps we outlined above are essentially the same for the portion that goes on down below (behind the media cabinet). You drill a hole, connect the in-wall power cord and the black tube to their correlating counterparts down there, and attach it to the wall with the provided screws just like the one up top. The power cord has a plug on this end – which is one big difference from the upper end of the system. This kit also came with a white power cord so you can connect everything to a nearby wall outlet. And just like that – your tunnel (and your TV!) have power.
STEP 3: GET THE POWER STRIP OFF THE FLOOR
So now that we had taken care of all of hiding the unsightly wires above the media cabinet, we still had a few cords laying around on the floor below our cabinet – which were visible since our media center is up on little legs. So we implemented a super easy fix. Have you ever noticed that your power strips usually have little slots or holes on the back? That’s so you can hang them on the wall to get all the wires off the floor! We like to mount them just below the bottom of the item of furniture that’s up on legs (so you can still push it all the way back against the wall without bumping into the power cord). This also creates a small shelf for cramming all of the extra cord into, so it can hold itself up. It just takes two screws and around five minutes to get this done.
And there you have it! Zero cords, and a whole lotta reasons to celebrate!
So if you have a messy cord-cluttered situation going on at home, it’s solvable! And you can definitely do it yourself.
To check out more projects and home tutorials that we’ve tackled, check out younghouselove.com – and thanks for reading!
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