How to hide cables on the door

7 tips for cleverly hiding cables

From myHOMEBOOK | May 6, 2021, 2:43 p.m.

More and more electrical devices can do without cables - but they can never be completely avoided. This quickly leads to annoying cable clutter under tables and cupboards. However, there are some practical ways to reduce the clutter.

Cables snake their way across the floor and sometimes even turn into tripping hazards, which is usually annoying. They are also visually annoying, often enough to catch your eye when you have just made yourself comfortable on the sofa. It's actually not that difficult to hide the cables. And with a little manual dexterity, the tangled cables can also be moved into appropriate channels or behind skirting boards. In many cases, however, simpler solutions are sufficient.

Hide cables - the main thing is to keep them off the ground

Cables snaking under the TV shelf on the parquet floor are not a pretty sight. In addition, dust mice particularly like to collect there. The simple solution: The cables have to be off the floor. The overall impression already looks tidier and tidier. Especially when small children live in the household, it is particularly important that the cables are stowed well and also secured. If you think about the position of the cables in advance, you save time-consuming solutions afterwards. Important questions are:

  • Where is the nearest power outlet?
  • How long does the cable have to be?
  • What about multiple sockets?
  • Can several cables be bundled?
  • Can (flat) cables be laid under the carpet?
  • Do baseboards offer a way to hide the cables?
  • Is there a wireless alternative?

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7 tips to hide cables

Then you can consider which of the following seven solutions is the right one to hide or organize annoying cables in the apartment.

1. Cable clamps

Cable clamps or cable clamps are a practical and inexpensive way to route cables on the wall. However, they are not yet hidden, which means that the wall can quickly take on the charm of a server room. However, the terminals are also suitable for laying cables behind the baseboard. The brackets are usually attached to the wall with a small nail. Incidentally, creative people can also arrange the cables artistically.

2. Cable hose

The cable hose from the hardware store can be a way to make the cables disappear. Several strands can be bundled in it. It is available in different sizes and lengths, and can also be cut to size. The disadvantage: the problem is not over, it is simply replaced by the hose.

3. Cable duct

A better way to hide cables is to use plastic cable ducts on the wall. These are inconspicuous, can be cut and laid as required and offer space for several cables. They can also be painted to match the color of the wall. With a little skill and a sharp cutter, cable ducts can also be laid over corners and edges.

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4. Cable box

There are plastic cable boxes on the market that offer space for a multiple socket and several bulky power cables. Only those sections of the cables that are necessary then lead out of the holes in the box - the rest is hidden in the box. Such a box can be worthwhile under the desk or TV shelf, where there are a lot of cables. It is important that air can get into the interior through slots and openings so that no heat builds up.

Note: If dust collects in cable clusters and multiple sockets, this can even be a fire hazard. For this reason, too, it is worth hiding the cables.

5. Cable ties

Simple and inexpensive: several cables can be combined with cable ties - similar to cable tubing. For example, you can put power cables almost invisibly behind the desk legs to the monitor, laptop or printer. Nevertheless, the cables are not completely invisible.

6. Cable behind the baseboard

An elegant solution is to ban the cables behind the baseboard. The best way to do this is to use strips that are attached to the wall with a click connection and that also have an integrated cable duct. This solution can be particularly suitable for the loudspeakers of a surround system. However, you always have to drill a small hole to lead the cable out.

7. Cable in the wall

This solution is something for professionals, part of the electrical installation of a building and is rarely used retrospectively. Tenants should keep their hands off it, but this task also generally belongs in the hands of an experienced electrician. To do this, it is necessary to mill a slot in the wall with the so-called wall chaser from the hardware store. The power line is then embedded in the plaster and the slot filled.

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Is it possible without a cable?

In many cases - with the exception of power lines - there are now also wireless solutions. Loudspeakers work via Bluetooth, for example, DVD players or satellite receivers are a thing of the past in many households. And for reasons of sustainability, it can also make sense to generally do without unnecessary electrical and entertainment devices.

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