Monday, March 10, 2014

Wall Mounted TV and Hiding The Cords


We mounted the loft TV on the wall last week.  We knew we didn't want those ugly cords connected to the TV to be seen.  I had done a few searches to see what our options were for hiding them.  Turns out, there are several.  My least favorite was the cord cover and I knew that wasn't going to work for me.

Here are the pieces we bought from Home Depot.  They are wall plates that allow you to pull the cords through but keep them hidden in the wall.


After we figured out where we wanted the holes, using the template in the package, we cut a hole right under the TV mount for the cords coming from the TV.  It made me a little nervous cutting a hole in the wall.  The cords also needed a place to exit at the bottom.  We cut the second hole straight down from the top one, right next to the outlet where the cords would be plugged in.


To make it easier to get the dropped cords, we installed the top plate first.  It just goes into the hole and the screws tighten it against the drywall.  We inserted all the cords in the plate and they fell down into the wall.  We grabbed the dropped cords and pulled them through the bottom hole.  Now that the the cords are through the bottom hole, we pulled them through the bottom plate and screwed it in.  The plate has a small opening and is curved which I why I say drop the cords first so you can get your hand through the hole to pull the cords from the wall. 


  
After pulling the cords and installing the plates, it was time to re-hang the TV.  Connect all the cords to the TV first and hang it on the wall bracket.  Tighten the bracket screws to make sure your TV is on tight.  Plug in your cords from the bottom plate and you're in business.


Now our TV is floating on the wall.  The cords from the subwoofer underneath the console can be seen here but I plan on tying them up and some baskets will help too.

EDIT: The recessed cable plates we used are for low voltage cords like audio/visual cables, not TV power cords.  Please use something like this In-Wall Power Cord and Cable Kit to keep those power cords covered.



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11 comments:

  1. I have been wanting to recess a T.V. into a wall but at the same time was trying to figure out a nice clean finish for the cords and the cable plate accessory you've shown will be perfect. I didn't realize they made such a thing so thank you sooooooooooo much for sharing. ☺

    Great job! -Brenda-

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  2. Fabulous tutorial. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  3. How cool is this! I want to do this for our TV!

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  4. Hi from the link up! This is an awesome tutorial!! Thanks for sharing!
    Alicia @ www.adventuresatnaptime.blogspot.com

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  5. Hi Andrea, this helpful tutorial how to hide the cords one of my top three favorites from last week's The DIY'ers! I will be pinning this onto my The DIY'ers Party Favorites pinterest board.

    Thanks for sharing this with us, huggies♥
    rea

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  6. What an awesome tutorial and it makes such a difference in the space! Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

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  7. I've always wondered how that was done! Thanks for sharing with us on Fancy This Fridays at Truly Lovely! We featured your post today! Hope you'll check it out here: http://www.trulylovelyblog.net/2014/03/fancy-this-168/. Happy weekend!!!

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  8. Hey Brenda, you should not run AC (power) cables behind the wall. If you notice on the box for the recessed cable plates, it says LOW VOLTAGE. Low voltage refers to your video cables and not your AC cables. This is a fire hazard and against building code. Those AC cables are not properly insulated to run behind walls, especially if those walls are insulated. I suggest having an electrician install an electrical plate behind the TV or running one of those paintable cable channels on the outside wall for your AC cable. I also found online this item called a PowerBridge InWall Power and Cable Management Kit; this will allow you to hide those AC cables. I just want you and everyone to have a safe home! Good Luck!

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    1. Excellent catch! I hope everyone takes note and appropriate steps to keep their homes safe. Kathy

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  9. Hi Andrea. This is such a great post with really helpful info. I completely agree regarding the cord covers..they are helpful only with cetain things. Jacinta

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  10. What you have done with the TV is amazing! I have a flat screen TV and have always been tempted to get it wall-mounted, but the trailing wires had always put me off. I considered trunking, but even that doesn't look great. I think it's worth the effort to get the look that you have achieved!

    Jeanmarie @ RVM Australia

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