5 Tips to Hide Electric Cables and Wires

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5 Tips to Hide Electric Cables and Wires

Staff Writer · Jan 16, 2010

Electric cables are an eyesore and a safety issue when exposed. They’re easy to trip on, which can cause falls and yanking the cables right out of the outlets they’re attached to. There are ways to hide them to make your apartment look neater, and to get rid of the dangers they pose when left out. Here are 5 tips you can try:

1. Hide Them under Your Carpet

This is an age old technique that’s tried and true. Instead of running them above your carpet, lift your carpet and run them underneath. This conceals them as well as minimizes the risk of tripping and falling over your electric cables. Don’t run them underneath throw rugs, though. Lifting your carpets may require an extra set of hands, because you don’t want to ruin the carpet and lose some of your security deposit. Ask for help if you need it for old and difficult carpets. Don’t put electric wires under the carpet, because they can catch on fire.

2. Hide Them in Walls

You must get permission from your landlord before you explore this option. Cut a hole in the wall and run your cables inside the walls to hide them from view. This may not sit well with your landlord and you don’t want it to count as damages to the apartment. Therefore, get written permission and not just a verbal “Yes” before you cut into the drywall.

3. Cable and Wire Wall Plates

If you do run cables and wires through the wall, consider purchasing wall plates. You can install them behind televisions to better manage television cables and wires. These are very inexpensive and worth purchasing if you plan to hide cables in walls.

4. Cable Run in Your Ceiling

This works the same as Tip #2, except you run the cables in your ceiling. Also, if you have a suspended or “drop” ceiling, you don’t have to cut holes in the ceiling. If you have a drywall ceiling, then it’s probably not a good idea to explore this option. The cable run can extend from one end of the room to the other, and you can run many cables through it.

5. Install Floor Outlets

Let’s say you want to place furniture far away from outlets, but need electric cables or wires to reach coffee and end tables. One option, that again requires your landlord’s permission, is to install floor outlets. A licensed electrician can install the outlets near the furniture you want or anywhere in the rooms, eliminating the need to run lengthy cables and wires. This is quite expensive though, and should be used as a last resort and only if you can afford it.

Hiding your electric cables and wires can help you with apartment decorating and keep you and your guests safe from accidents. Some of the technical aspects involved with keeping them concealed do require your landlord’s permission, and getting it in writing should not be ignored. This will save you headache and money down the road when you move out and are awaiting a return of your security deposit.

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