The modern times have brought us so much comfort and convenience. Our way of doing things has never been this quick and easy. With the press of a button, we can instantly talk with our loved ones even when they are oceans away from us. Another press and we can have instant access to our personal information and data. And with yet another press, we can enjoy the latest movies and dance to the trendiest songs. All of these is thanks to our dearest gadgets and devices.
However, such convenience has its downsides as well. One of the most obvious of these is the presence of seemingly endless amounts of cables. Yes, in order to enjoy the perks of modern technology, we need to power them up and charge them on our electrical outlets. This is so that we can energize their batteries with their appropriate chargers and wire.
Different devices, devices compatibility, different cables. If these are appliances, their power cords will be all over our apartment. In the end, we are faced with the dilemma of keeping these dangling wires.
How do we manage them in order to prevent the possible hazards caused by the use of electricity? Here are some brilliant and easy tricks on how to hide cords and wires in your apartment.
Bundle cords together and label properly
If there are too many wires running all over your apartment, you will eventually forget which one belongs to a particular device. For example, you may have a home entertain system in your space and cords from the TV, speaker, Cable, Internet router, and other nearby devices can get easily mixed up. In order to avoid confusion as to which wire is running to this appliance and to the others, mark cords and wires using electrical tape. Properly label each one so that you or anyone in the home can easily identify the cords. When you have a lot of them, it will also be good to tie them up in a bundle. Even if you are not bothered with the presence of these myriad wires, still tie them up together. This will not only minimize the overall area taken up by the wires, but will also save you and others from tripping over them. You can use binder clips and zip ties to do this.
Run them along the walls
Avoid using extension cords, especially when you intend to use them permanently. Instead, opt for power bars with surge protector and multiple outlets that you can plug directly on the wall. Run the cords neatly on the wall or the sides of the furniture to where the appliance or device sits. As much as possible, do not run cords along the floor because this presents tripping hazards. Besides, they will have more tendency to collect dust and will not be aesthetically pleasing.
Mount them under desks
Another great way to keep cords off the floor or even on the walls is to mount them under desks, tables and other flat surfaces. You can use zip ties and eye hooks to accomplish this. Just make sure they are tightly and properly secured on the surfaces to prevent them from dangling which is not a pleasing sight at all.
Create a charging station in a drawer
A clever way of avoiding tripping over your phone chargers is by making a charging station right inside a drawer. To do this, empty out a drawer in your dresser, bedside table, or any cabinet. Using an electrical drill for a clean look, bore a single hole for a cord through the back portion of the drawer. Affix a USB power strip or hub to that portion of the drawer and plug it to a wall outlet. Voila, you are done with your inconspicuous charging station!
In order for the drawer to open completely, make sure that the power cord has an adequate length. If not, position the table or dresser to the power outlet as close as you can. Do not worry about wasting a usable space because you can still put your items back inside the drawers.
Tape them and cover them up. Lastly, an easy but crafty way of concealing those cords is to bundle them together and tie them with carpet-friendly electrical tape to secure them. To further hide them from view, cover the bundles with area rugs. Make sure that the bundles are tied flat so they will not make an unpleasant heap on your carpet or rugs. If you run the wire bundles on the wall, secure them with an electrical tape and you can also cover them with decorative elements like a tall vase or framed picture.
Hiding cords and wires in your apartment is a simple task to do. It just takes time and some creativity in order to get the job done right.