Hiding speaker wire in the home is a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. We will show you how to install your own clean wire system and eliminate the ugly wires from showing around your house. This blog post will teach you wiring techniques for hiding speaker wire in different rooms of your home.
Beautify your Home with a Clean Wire System
The first step in any wire system installation is to plan. Many people make the mistake of not planning and end up wasting time figuring out what they are going to do. Plan your route, determine how many feet you need for each section, find an entrance point such as a nearby closet or attic access panel, decide on which technique will suit best with the destination location (e.g., paint over speakers).
Cover With Rugs or Runners
If your wire will be running through a room that already has carpet, the easiest way to hide it is by tucking it right into the seams of the rug. As long as you plan ahead and bring enough cable with you at installation, this should only take about ten minutes per piece of furniture.
*Pro-tip: If you have an office space or living room where people sit on chairs without armrests (e.g., kitchen counter), use chair rails to conceal speaker wires in place so no one ever knows they’re there!
You can also disguise cables from speakers by using runners along a wall or baseboard trimming boards to cover their path. This technique works especially well for hiding speaker wire alongside light strips; just move the light strip with your hand to reveal a section of wire.
*Pro-tip: If you’re installing hidden speaker wires in an area where there is also electric power, be sure not to use any sharp objects like scissors or knives as they may puncture the insulation and create a fire hazard!
The final step for hiding cables alongside runners is just tucking in behind furniture so that it doesn’t show around edges. This technique should require no more than five minutes per piece of furniture if done properly.
Tuck Between Carpets and Baseboards
If your flooring does not have carpet then this will work well too; simply get some cable ties (available at most hardware stores) and tie them together tightly. Then just tuck them into the crease of baseboards or molding that is at the same height as your speaker wire. This should take about five minutes per piece of furniture and can be done wherever there are carpets for runners to attach too (e.g., on stairs).
Camouflage With Paint
If you’re not keen on any other methods then painting over speakers will work well but it does require some preparation beforehand like removing plastic covers and/or grilles from electronics first. If done correctly, this technique shouldn’t even increase installation time by more than ten minutes so if all else fails, go with paint! The only trick here is to make sure you tape off areas where you don’t want paint before starting to avoid any spills.
Hiding Alongside Light Strips
Another good idea is to hide speaker wire alongside light strips. Simply use a razor blade or scissors to trim the end of your speaker wire so that it fits snugly around the back side of the strip and then remove as much excess insulation from behind as possible before tucking into place with cable ties (there will be electricity running through this section). The installation process for this technique should take about ten minutes per piece of furniture but remember, you’ll want an old towel handy since there may be some paint dust or other small particles coming off when cutting!
*Pro-tip: If you’re installing hidden wires in a room where there are also power outlets, make sure not to use any sharp objects like scissors or knives as they may puncture the insulation and create a fire hazard!
Install Cable Raceways/Covers
If you don’t want to go through all that trouble then there are also cable raceways designed specifically for this purpose. They come in several sizes so be sure to read instructions before installation but generally, it should only take about ten minutes per piece of furniture with these too. The great thing is that once installed, cables will never show again because even if power outlets are nearby, the covers can be removed by pulling on them from behind (no need for knife!). Just make sure your speaker wire doesn’t have any exposed metal parts at either end when installing otherwise there’s a risk of electric shock.
Consider Chair Rail Molding
Another mention is chair rail moldings which also work well for hiding speaker wire and can be installed wherever there are baseboards or other trim boards that reach the same height as your cables. They have a more realistic look than paint but do not offer any protection from electric shock so they’re really only good if you know where to place them (e.g., under kitchen cabinets). The installation process should take just five minutes per piece of furniture; simply measure along the wall surface, cut with a saw and then press into position using caulking sealant before painting over it in white or black for an invisible finish!
Whether you choose one of these techniques above, all cable-hiding endeavors should take about ten minutes per piece of furniture as long as you’re careful and follow the instructions. Additionally, if done properly then your speaker wires will never show again!