How to Hide an Electrical Cord

Electronics and appliances abound in many homes today. While the convenience offered by such a wide array of electronics is undoubted, there is a significant drawback: unsightly electrical cords. Power cords, speaker wire, computer peripheral connections, and all sorts of other wires can created ugly, tangled messes that stand out like sore thumbs against your home's walls or décor. Fortunately, there are a few tactics you can use to hide an electrical cord and make it blend in seamlessly with the rest of your home.


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    Position wires tactfully behind furniture. The cheapest and most straightforward way to hide electrical cords is by positioning the wires behind furniture as much as possible. Desks and tables with back panels work well for hiding both cords and outlets. Bookcases also work well, as do desks that include a bulky set of drawers.
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    Install a conduit or raceway for hiding the electrical cord. Cord covers often sold as "raceways" consist of a snap-together plastic housing that can be run along the top of baseboards or alongside window and door trim. Place the electrical cords inside the raceway and snap the cover on to provide a more attractive appearance to the cord.
    • Most raceways can even be painted to match your wall or trim color, allowing them to blend in even further.
    • If you live in a loft-style building with exposed utility lines, you can install conduit or cord trays along the ceiling that will work seamlessly with your décor while getting electrical cords out of sight.
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    Mount electrical cords underneath a desk or table. A primary source of cord clutter is a computer desk or media console. In these cases, you can reduce the clutter by mounting your cables, power strips, and AC adapters underneath your work surface.
    • Threaded cup hooks or fish eye screws can easily be twisted into the bottom of a desk or shelf. You can run cables through these hooks to keep them organized and out of sight just underneath your work surface.
    • Twist ties can be used to bunch cords together in this arrangement and to keep them from sagging away from the desk and into view.
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    Purchase a decorative cover for your cable clutter. Office spaces, computer workstations, or media areas tend to require a large mess of cords, many of which are plugged into a bulky, unsightly power strip. A simple way to hide this strip and make it more attractive is by placing it into a streamlined, decorative cover. CableBox is one such popular product that provides a clean plastic exterior over your messy power strip.
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    Wind electrical cords up as much as possible. Much of the messy appearance of electrical cords stems from the unnecessary slack in the cords. You can mitigate this problem by purchasing cord winders, which are small round devices around which you can wind excess slack. Cable Turtle is a common example of a cord winder.


  • You can generally paint electrical cords safely to match your wall color, but note that regular bending and stretching of the cord will tend to crack and dislodge the paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Electrical cords
  • Raceways
  • Cup hooks
  • Twist ties
  • Cable covers
  • Cord winders

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Categories: Electrical Maintenance