DIY 101: Hiding Electrical Cords

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How to hide unsightly electrical cords | 11 Magnolia Lane

Electrical cords are a part of life that I’m happy to embrace because, after all, I’m pretty fond of air conditioning, lights, computers, and my KitchenAid mixer, among other things.  I’d rather not see the cords if I can help it, however.

I usually do a pretty good job hiding cords through a variety of methods that I’ll share here.  They’re all easy for the DIY’er with moderate skills.  Here are my tips for hiding those cords:

1. Tuck them under furniture or behind curtains.  Sometimes I’ll use zip or twist ties to adhere them to a piece of furniture so they don’t sneak back out, or I’ll hide them under a rug.

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2. Match the cord to the flooring.  If I have a lamp with a white cord, but the floor is dark brown, then I’ll just use a dark brown extension cord to plug it into the wall.

3. Sometimes I’ll use fabric cord covers; I have a variety in different colors and they are decorative and disguise cords all at the same time.  Buy them here, or they’re a snap to make if you can sew (Our posts contain affiliate links.  If you make a purchase after clicking on these links, we will earn a small commission, which helps to keep our content free.  You don’t pay a cent more than you would otherwise, since that would be tacky! Full disclosure policy here).

If you look closely, you can see an off-white cord cover underneath the television.  That was a great way to hide the cords in our last home (in military quarters).

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4. Our current living room doesn’t have floating outlets (i.e. outlets in the floor) and it’s a large space.  We have several small holes drilled in the floor that allow us to plug in lamps in the crawl space underneath the house by removing and replacing the plugs.  This is obviously a fix for more experienced DIY’ers, but if you’re comfortable working with electricity, then {this} is a good tutorial.

The blue and white lamp below plugs in under the house using this technique:

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5. For cords on the wall, like for sconces or chandeliers that aren’t wired into an electrical box, I like this plastic conduit.  You can cut and paint it to fit, it’s self-adhesive and sticks to the wall, and when it’s time to change out the fixtures or move, it’s easily removable.

Here’s the before (and Harley; he likes to be in all the pictures if possible):

Hide an ugly electric cord for $5

The product I buy is available on the shelf at Lowes or Home Depot {exact product here} and it’s under $5 for a 5′ section.  It’s called “raceway,” “conduit,” “low-voltage cord cover,” “wire mold,” or “cordmate,” depending on where you’re shopping.  It’s white plastic, and you can leave it as-is, or paint it to match.  I painted mine to match the walls (Sherwin-Williams’ Comfort Gray), and cut it to fit.

Then, all you do is feed the cord into the cover.  It’s easiest to do before you adhere it to the wall.

Hide an ugly electric cord for $5

There’s a long strip of adhesive, what I grew up calling “double-stick tape,” on the back.  You just remove the paper and press it into place.

Hide an ugly electric cord for $5

Doesn’t it make a huge difference?

Hide an ugly electric cord for $5

It really finishes the room.

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You can see the rest of the bedroom here, here and here.

Are there any tricks I’ve missed for hiding cords?  Let me know in the comments, please!

How to hide unsightly electrical cords | 11 Magnolia Lane

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Have a beautiful day, and thanks for stopping by–

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Comments

  1. Awesome tips!! I’m going to be implementing #5 in a room redo that we are working on soon, I never thought about painting it to match the walls lol …. Super easy and functional. Thanks!

  2. Great tips Christy…..and love those ponchos/wraps!

  3. I dislike seeing electrical cords everywhere or outlets everywhere even, I like when you can tuck things away. These are great ideas to make things less noticeable. The crawl space idea is a new one. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Amazing post.
    Thanks for sharing the wonderful tips. These tips are really beneficial for everyone.
    Keep sharing!!!

  5. Lynette McCullough says:

    Hi. I love your ideas, but mostly, I just wanted to say hello to Charlie!!! Hugs and kisses, Charlie!!! You are beautiful!!! ???

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