How to Hide Cables


The proliferation of cables that power and connect our electronic entertainment devices can produce an unsightly mess, and they can also pose a safety risk in heavily trafficked areas of the home. In recent years, manufacturers have created products that will conceal those wires. However, there are also some attractive do-it-yourself options for bundling and hiding electric cables that will do a better job of blending in with your home's decor.

Things You'll Need

  • Foam pipe insulation
  • Utility knife
  • Cable ties
  • Craft glue
  • Decorator fabric
  • Scissors
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Velcro strips

A Piped-In Solution

  • Tie your wires together using cable ties at 12 to 18-inch intervals. Measure the diameter of the resulting cable bundle, and then measure its total length.

  • Select a piece of foam pipe insulation that has an opening large enough to accommodate the wire bundle. Use a utility knife to cut the insulation to whatever length is needed. If you prefer, you can also use two or more insulation segments to achieve the necessary length.

  • Find a fabric that approximates the color of your flooring. Use a scissors to cut off a piece of the fabric that is sufficient to wrap around the insulation, from one edge of the seam to the other. Since the seam edge can face the floor or be backed into the wall, your cut does not have to be perfect.

  • Apply a spray craft glue to the foam insulation. Start at one seam of the insulation and then smooth the fabric around the entire length of the the foam. Do not cover the foam insulation's seam.

  • Push the cable bundle into the seam, from one end of the foam insulation material to the other.

Zipping Up Your Cables

  • Tie your wires together with cable ties every 12 to 18 inches of its length, and measure the length and diameter of the resulting cable bundle, as before.

  • Select a piece of upholstery fabric that is similar to the color of your flooring. Upholstery fabric is somewhat heavier and stiffer than conventional cloth, but you should be able to find a wide selection of this fabric at stores that specialize in fabric or sewing supplies.

  • Cut the fabric to a length that is 1inch greater than the distance of exposed cable you'd like to conceal. Then cut it again for the desired width, which should be 2 inches greater than the cable diameter.

  • Create a 1/4-inch hem on all sides of the fabric, using a sewing machine if possible. Then sew matching pieces of Velcro strips on facing sides of the fabric, which will allow you to snap the fabric into a tubular shape.

  • Wrap your fabric tube around the cable bundle, then press the velcro together.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are only concealing a relatively short length of cable, it may not be necessary to tie the individual wires into a bundle.
  • You can bundle up your cables in wire bread-package ties in place of cable ties.

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