Different homes have different interior finishes and styles. Regardless of the design that your living space may have, you might find it quite challenging to organize the space when you have a music system with multiple speakers. This is made even more challenging when you have speaker wires all over your home. The way you position your music system matters a lot and you will always want to keep your home speaker wires organized such that your home looks neat at all times.
However, hiding them may not be easy for everyone. Luckily, it only requires some easy solutions to keep these wires less visible. Moreover, keeping them hidden will also reduce the dangers of tripping over in addition to keeping your space looking neat. Here’re are five smart ways on how to hide home speaker wires.
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1. Covering Them With Rugs
In case the speaker wires must run across the floor, especially when you have a surround sound set up, then you can easily hide them using throw rugs. It’s also possible to use carpet runners in this case. Hiding them with throw rugs will add aesthetic appeal to the space and reduce the chances of tripping over the wires.
However, throw rugs may not cover all inches of exposed home speaker wire. The good thing is that they’re a flexible solution that can keep your space looking neater within no time. This solution is not permanent such that you can always do away with the rugs whenever you need and replace them. For instance, you can relocate the cables and rugs easily without the need for any installations or special tools whatsoever.
You can even hide home speaker wires with rugs over your carpet or even directly on the floor. Whichever way, it’s advisable to use throw rugs that have the same pad size. The pads assist in preventing rugs from sliding and make it easier to vacuum the space. Also, the pads work like another layer of protection for the cables by cushioning them. The pad also makes it easy for your carpet to breathe.
In case you will be using this method in an area where your family passes across too often, then you should add a slim wire cover to encase the wires beneath the rugs for extra cushioning. Using throw rugs to hide speaker cables will give you the freedom to choose between any color and pattern you desire. Thus, you can get more creative and decorative with rugs.
2. Camouflaging Speaker Wires with Paint
In case your music system incorporates wall-mount speakers, then some wires will run along the walls. If this is the case, then you can easily hide them by painting them with the same color as the wall. This method requires a little bit more work since you must run the wires straight and firm along the wall. You can do this using zip ties and a staple gun. You will simply staple the ties along the wall. Then position the cable above the staples and fasten the zip tie. This way, you will not staple the wires to avoid damaging them.
You can do this after every few inches and trim any excess zip ties. Once you’ve set the wires straight and firmly in place, get a matching paint and paint along the speaker wires and zip ties to camouflage them. This method is semi-permanent since you can remove the wires without much damage to the walls.
3. Installing Cable Ducts or Covers
If you want to hide home speaker wires using a more permanent method, then you can simply use cable ducts (also known as cable raceways). They are ideal where you need to hide speaker wire covering longer distances in your home. This solution is also great in a space that does not have a carpet.
These cable ducts often come as kits with all components including adhesive tape, covers, anchors, joints, and all other connecting components. You can choose between a duct that will keep the speaker wires tucked open or even enclosed within the duct. Most cable ducts are built to be discreet and compact such that you can even paint them with a matching color when installed along the walls or baseboards.
Although using cable ducts is a great way to hide home speaker wires, it’s not easy to remove the raceways and speaker wires after installation. A better alternative is using cable covers. They are usually built using PVC or rubber. Covers hardly leave any trace upon removing them. They are ideal where speaker wires run across an open space. They come in different patterns and colors, thus you can use them creatively to make the space more decorative.
4. Tucking the Cables Between the Baseboard and Carpet
Most carpeted rooms often have baseboards along the bottom of the walls. If this is the case, you can find a small space between the baseboard and carpet where you can tuck and hide home speaker wire discreetly. You can use your fingers to tuck in the wires. In case the gap is tight, use a screwdriver to push the cable into the space. Do it gently to avoid damaging the cable or baseboard.
If you’re able to tuck in the entire width of the cable at once, you can run the entire cable along the baseboard and tuck it in bit by bit until you are done with the entire length. Ensure you first tuck in the speaker wire before you connect the ends to your music system.
5. Using Flat Adhesive Home Speaker Wire
In case you need a permanent and invisible solution to hide home speaker wire, then consider using flat adhesive wires. With this cable, all you will need to do is peel off a cover on the cable to expose the adhesive side. The adhesive holds firmly on almost all flat surfaces.
This speaker wire is usually super slim and flexible such that you can easily run it around corners. You can paint the side facing outside using a matching color to that of the baseboards or walls. Moreover, you will not have to cut any holes through the walls or ceiling. Also, remember to follow the product instructions while installing and connecting a flat adhesive home speaker wire.
While some of these smart ways to hide home speaker wire are easy DIY tasks, always seek the help of a professional home speaker wire installer whenever you are not sure about a certain solution. Also, do not forget to seek permission from your landlord or real estate agent in case you will be making permanent modifications to a rented living space.