With the popularity of remote work and the proliferation of electronic devices, homes can be more cluttered with electrical cords than ever. The right outlet placement and cable management can provide your customers the connectivity they want without the clutter.
This guide reviews easy ways to hide electrical outlets and wires, including how to hide cords on walls and how to hide routers.
Pop-out outlets provide a sleek, nearly seamless substitute for traditional outlets on walls, kitchen islands and other locations. When not in use, pop-out outlets click into their inconspicuous covers but can pop back out with a push. Installation is the same as with traditional electrical outlets.
Power strips installed strategically, such as along the underside of upper cabinets, can be out of sight while still convenient for use.
Charging station drawers can keep surfaces free of electronic devices.
Pro tip: Make sure your outlet placement conforms with local electrical codes.
How to Hide Wires, Cords & Cables
Traditional cable management is the simplest way to hide cords on walls. Include cable management in your construction or remodel plan. If properly planned, residents can use the same approach in the rest of the house they used for hiding kitchen wires.
Hide wires, cords and cables in the walls. Determine the best stage of your construction or renovation project to include cable tracks and wall plates. Pre-installed tracks make it easy to run appliance and electronic cords behind walls.
During a renovation, use a hole saw to cut one hole behind a television or entertainment center to hide tv wires. Cut a matching hole the other near an outlet so the residents can run cables out of view.
Use cable clips, clamps or zip ties to help tape, tie, tuck or hide appliance cords. These can also be used to run wire or cable along furniture, such as behind desks or along table legs.
Area rugs can conceal wires or cables on the floor as long as they do not create tripping hazards.
Cable management boxes can help gather charger cords, cables and power strips on desks or floors and make cleaning easier.
Pro tip: When attaching or storing multiple cords, label each one to making sorting easier.
How to Hide a Router
Internet routers have become common equipment in home offices or elsewhere in a residence. They also should be stored with at least 4 inches of space on each side to keep the vents unobstructed, so they can be challenging to keep out of view. Consider these methods for how to hide a router.
Put the router in a lidded basket, cane-front cabinet or other storage container that provides adequate space and ventilation.
Place the router atop a tall bookshelf or cabinet or mount it out of view.
Putting a router on or near the floor is an option, but the lower the router, the less effective the signal may be.
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