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What are three ways to hide speaker wire?

Three Ways to Hide Speaker Wire

If you are using wall-mounted speakers for your home entertainment theater, there are three ways to hide your speaker wires, according to

  1. Running wires behind the walls, above ceilings and below floors. This is the preferred method because the speaker wire is totally concealed, but this method can pose some challenges such as little access behind the wall or incomplete access to the ceiling or floor through the wall or unanticipated barriers inside the wall that require further cutting and drilling.
  2. Installing wire conduit (a tube or duct used to enclose electrical wires) on the surface of the walls, ceilings and floors. This is simple to do, but the downfall is you can see the speaker wire covers in plain site.
  3. Installing flat wire. This wire is flat and so can be discreetly covered with paint, wallpaper or carpet.

Can cord covers be decorative?

Cord Covers With Style

Who knew wire management could be so stylish? There are decorative cord covers on the market made in fine fabrics, like silk, that will turn the arguably boring task of hiding cords in your home into a fun decorating experience.

Some companies offer cords that make the chandeliers and lamps in your home even more stylish. There are 6-foot long cord covers with Velcro edges that allow for easy covering -- without even taking down the chandelier. There are decorative lamp cord covers that look dainty running from your lamp to the wall in colors and pretty patterns that will match any room in your house.

How can I attractively tame the loose wires in my home?

Cord Covers Are Attractive

Cord covers are placed over wires and cables on the ground or and can be attractive additions to the home. Not only are cord covers designed for safety, but they also improve the appearances of loose wires lying around the room. There are many different designs and colors of cord covers, making it easier to match with the room's décor. A neutral finish, such as beige or off-white, ensures a more practical investment, should the room's look change over the years. Cord covers are a great idea. Most cord covers are made of rubber or plastic and are discreetly installed around the room above the baseboards.

Why does an access floor make a great floor cable protector?

Access Floors Make Great Floor Cable Protectors

If you are dealing with a busy office or data center full of computers and electronics then you are dealing with a lot of wires. You may want to consider an access floor instead of above-the-floor cable covers.

An access floor is a raised floor that your cables are arranged underneath of. Access floors allow for great cabling capacity. For example, an access floor raised 6 inches provides a 4-inch wire management chamber for you to fill. And a steel access floor is a great floor cable protector. It feels just like you're walking on concrete, yet the wires beneath are easily accessible.

As a bonus, according to Processor Magazine, an access floor can even out uneven floors and also allow for an underfloor HVAC, which improves air quality, lowers energy bills and can provide temperature control to individual work stations.

What is EMI?

Wire Protection from EMI

What does it mean if your wire management device has wire protection from EMI? It means it is protected from Electromagnetic Interference. This occurs when the electromagnetic field of one piece of equipment is interrupted by the electromagnetic field of another device simply by being near it. According to VizionWare, a digital interconnect product company, computer devices are susceptible to EMI because electromagnetic fields can occur as a result of electricity passing through a wire. Unprotected data lines can be corrupted by EMI.

You can buy EMI shielding sleeves and other cable wrapping devices to protect your cables from EMI.

Should I use duct tape to hide my cables?

Avoid Duct Tape as Cable Covers

We've all heard that duct tape is the universal solution for many household projects. But experts in the wire management industry warn you to bypass the duct tape when considering how to organize and hide your cables and wires. While duct tape has a wonderful ability to conform, stretch and adhere to many surfaces, it's not ideal for cable organization. And here's why, according to

  • It's ugly and inefficient
  • It can damage flooring
  • It can be dangerous when it comes unstuck
Instead, spend the money to get a proper cable cover, a product intended to protect and organize your cables.

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