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How To Hide Cords And Wires: 8 Simple Fixes

There are a variety of inexpensive ways to hide cords, including cable covers, hooks, and containers.

Seeing a tangled mess of cords behind and around my furniture is one of my biggest pet peeves, so knowing how to hide cords in an organized fashion is a must for me! But I’m not the only one who struggles with this modern problem, so I thought I’d help us all out by researching the best ways to hide the cords, cables, and wires we all have around the house. Check them out below!

8 Easy Ways To Hide Cords, Cables & Wires

A simple fabric panel is a great way to hide cords behind a table or stand.

1. Hide Cords Behind A Fabric Panel

Tired of seeing a mess of cords behind a piece of furniture with metal legs? Keep those cords out of sight with a bit of fabric and a few magnets. Just measure the area you’d like to hide, cut a piece of heavy fabric to that size, then hold the fabric in place with a few magnets — no sewing, gluing, or installation necessary!

You can use this same idea to hide cables the run to and from desks around the house. Magnets will work great for metal desks, or you could use peel and stick Velcro strips on any kind of desk. Alternatively, you could slip a fabric panel onto tension rods and position them between the legs on your desk.

Using zip ties to bundle the wires makes hiding cords easier.

2. Hide Wires With Zip Ties

One or two visible cords may not be a big deal, but three or more cords get unruly in a hurry! One simple way to control cord chaos is by bundling them together with a few plastic zip ties.

Not only are zip ties cheap and widely available, but it’s a lot easier to keep a bundle of cords out of sight than half a dozen individual ones. And if you need to reconfigure your setup in the future, it’ll be as simple as snipping off the old zip ties and replacing them with new ones. (Just be sure to label each cord before zipping them together to avoid confusion!)

Hide cords on floors by putting a rug over them.

3. Hide Cords Under A Rug

Need a way to hide power cords that originate near the center of a room, like from a floor lamp or side table? The simplest way to keep them out of sight is to tuck them under a nearby rug!

I use this trick in my own living room, and have found that thicker rugs are better at hiding cords without looking lumpy or bumpy. If you only have thin rugs on hand, try layering a slightly smaller rug on top of a larger one — you’ll get the same cord-hiding effect of a thicker rug while creating a great layered look.

Another way to hide cords on a floor is with a cord cover that matches the color of your floor. These shallow, D-shaped tubes have hollow centers you can run cords through. 

Hide cable hubs in baskets, boxes, or even drawers.

4. Keep Cord Hubs Out Of Sight

Cord hubs, or areas where several cords converge in one place, can be a huge source of cord clutter. Luckily for us, there are some easy ways to keep internet modems and routers, surge protectors, gaming consoles, and other cord hubs out of sight.

One option is to hide cord hubs in baskets, drawers, or cupboards. Cable management boxes have built-in holes for cords and cables, making them a convenient option for hiding cord hubs if you’re willing to spend a few dollars!

Use Command products to keep appliance cords neatly tucked out of sight.

5. Hide Wires With Adhesive Hooks And Cord Clips

Command brand makes several products that can be useful for hiding cords and cables. The most obvious one is their cord bundler, which I personally swear by for keeping cords for small kitchen appliances tidy and tucked away!

But even standard Command hooks and clips can be useful for hiding cords, too. You can stick them to the legs or back side of your furniture and run cords through them to keep them hidden from view.

A spiral cord wrap keeps several wires in a single line, plus you can get colors to blend into the wall.

6. Use A Cord Wrap

Like the idea of bundling cords together, but want a slightly more sophisticated solution than zip ties? Look no further than flexible spiral cord wraps — they come in a variety of sizes and colors, and look significantly neater than a bunch of unsightly wires.

Cord wraps are an easy way to bundle cords running to or from the same place, like your home computer or entertainment center. And because you can include and exclude cords from a wrap at any point along its length, it’s a great solution for grouping cords of different lengths.

Charging cords can look quite messy, but a charging station keeps them tidy or even concealed in a box or drawer.

7. Set Up A Charging Station

If tangled phone and tablet chargers are a major source of cord clutter in your home, consider setting up a designated charging station somewhere in your house. Charging stations (like #8 in this list) typically have several slots for different devices, as well as shortened power cables, making it possible to charge several gadgets at once in a neat and organized fashion.

Or if you prefer to go the DIY route, you can easily make your own clutter-concealing charging station with a shoebox and power strip! You can even do this in a nightstand or bedside table — just drill a hole in the back of the drawer for and place a surge protector or power strip in the drawer. You’ll be able to charge your devices with everything hidden away.

A wall channel transforms a tangled mess of wires to a discrete strip that matches the wall.

8. Camouflage Cords On A Wall

Wondering how to hide cords on a wall mounted TV screen? You could call an electrician and have them run your TV cords behind the wall for you, or you could even do it yourself. If you’d rather avoid a home improvement project, an easier way to hide TV wires and cords is to get a wall channel.

Instead of having a mess of wires dangling down your wall, you can run them all through a single rectangular tube that neatly attaches to your wall. Once you paint it to match the wall, you’ll hardly be able to see it at all!

Need to hide cords and wires on a wall that run horizontally? There are a lot of genius ways to hide TV wires and other cords along walls and baseboards. You can use hollow quarter-round channels that adhere to existing baseboards, or install baseboards with hollow spaces for cables and wires. They not only look great, but they’ll also keep cords away from pets that might chew on them otherwise.

How do you hide cables in your home?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • I read about the cord bundlers on your blog a long time ago and immediately purchased some for all my kitchen appliances, including my two instantpots and I really like them. Thanks for letting us know about these inexpensive and helpful tips and tricks.

  • Great ideas. We recently switched our internet service. The place where they put the cords is somewhere we wish they hadn’t put them. I’ll have to show this idea to my mom. I like the shoebox idea for other cords. I’ve almost fallen because of cords when I’m walking around our house.

  • It’s a fire hazard to put cords under rugs The rugs rub the coating off the cords eventually exposing the bare wire and can then start a fire. Not worth the risk.

    • Hi Katy,
      I’ve hidden electrical cords under rugs for years and I can say with confidence that the cord insulation doesn’t rub off, even in high traffic areas.
      If you want to help keep them in place, use some of the blue painter’s tape and then lay the rug down over the cords. It works beautifully.
      Plus, Jillee would never offer suggestions that would put anyone at risk of danger.

    • Large department stores have done this for years! That is the only way that they can rearrange their floor-room furniture groupings, apparel set-ups, etc. I would think that would be dangerous only if you used a cord that was already compromised in some way.

  • Great idea! I didn’t think there was much more to learn about cord hiding, but this was helpful. ALSO, the links you put in at the end were helpful too. I’m feeling inspired to finally do something about all my cords too. Yeah! Thanks Again!

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