Unsightly cords running freely across your hardwood floors can take away from the style and appearance of the room. In addition, un-managed cords just lying on the floor can be a hazard. People could trip over them, small children and pets might play with or chew them, and they could receive damage during vacuuming and cleaning. However, you can hide cords on your hardwood floors to keeping them secure and free from damage.
Things You'll Need
- PVC or plastic cord cover or cable shield
Choose a cord cover or shield that is close to the color of your hardwood floor. You can also purchase adhesive covers for the shield to better match the hardwood color. You may need multiple ones depending on how far across the floor the cord goes.
Disconnect one end of the cord and run it through the opening in the cord shield. Pull it out the other end and ensure you have enough excess cord to reach the destination.
Position the cord cover/shield on the floor ensuring the cord is not stretched or pulled too tight. When you are happy with the positioning of the shield, proceed to Step 4.
Make sure the floor where the cord will lie is clean and free of dust and dirt.
Lift up the cord cover/shield and slowly peel back the cover of the adhesive backing on the bottom of the shield.
Position the shield back in the desired position on the floor and press firmly down, moving your hand slowly across the shield until the entire length is firmly in place.
Tips & Warnings
- Consider placing a table, chair or other piece of furniture in such a way that it covers part of the cord length.
- When possible, run the cord along the sides of the baseboard to keep the cord out of the way.
- Don't run cords under carpeting, as this can cause a fire hazard.
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