Hide Messy Wires

New Home Design: 8 Ways to Hide Messy Wires For A Neat Look

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Modern appliances mean more cables on the walls, especially in the entertainment area of your new home, which is often the living space. Let’s face it; you don’t want these messy and ugly wires to ruin the decor of your brand-new home. It creates visual clutter, and attracts dust too. 

Wouldn’t it be ideal to devise solutions to hide these cables to disguise them? Read this article outlining six brilliant ways to hide ugly wires when designing your new home.

Reasons for Wires to Create Clutter in Your New Home

  • Lack of plug sockets

  • Sockets installed in the wrong places

  • Sockets or technical boxes that do not support the design of your home

  • Not having dedicated sockets for entertainment centers, however, if your new home is in Naperville, hunt down a reliable electrician, to get the job done!

1. Build or Buy Purpose Made Furniture

This effective solution can hide ugly wires when designing your new home. We all need printers, scanners, desktops, screens, and many other devices to get through our days. They tend to take up a lot of space. Building a purpose-made furniture to accommodate the source of wires in your new home can put an end to unsightly wires. Plus, they are functional too. 

A piece of dedicated purpose-built furniture to accommodate the devices and cables can eliminate the clutter in your home.

2. Disguise a Wi-Fi Router as a Book

A wi-fi router is undoubtedly an unattractive device, no matter how useful they are. The design of these devices is not eye-pleasing, in fact, they ruin the decor of your home. Here’s what you can do- disguise a Wi-Fi router as a book. The best thing about these devices is that you rarely need to access them. 

Put it on a shelf with other books so that they are camouflaged on the shelves. You can simply secure the router with an old clip binder. In addition, you can decorate the binder to complement the design of your bookshelf. 

Make sure you are not placing the router in a confined space, as a lack of ventilation can damage your router. Remember, routers generate heat and cannot be placed in an enclosed area. 

3. Decorate Cables

This is for the creative heads. You can decorate ugly wires to transform them into pretty-looking ones to complement the look of your new home. To remedy unsightly cables, you can buy washi tapes, wire wraps, etc to change the look and texture of your device’s cables. Black plastic cables don’t seem to complement any homes, no matter the decor. Thus, tweaking the exterior of the wires is a creative way, when designing your new home.

You can also buy thread beads to cover your wires, giving them a playful and colorful look. You can use this trick for any cables on your home surfaces and thank us later.

4. Opt for a Small Curtain to Cover Wall Cables

This tip is our personal favorite. You don’t have to worry about hiding cables when designing your home. All you do is hang a small curtain to cover them up. This is also suitable for an office setting. Laptops, desktops, screens, TVs, and entertainment centers come with many cables attached. Using a curtain that runs behind the devices can give your space a neat look. 

5. Hide Television Cables With Trunking

TV cables are always on your face in your living area. One cover-up tip includes hiding them with trunking. The best thing about this idea is that you can do it yourself. Your living room will no longer have a corner with tangled cables wrapped in layers of dust. 

You can find trunking options online as well as at physical stores. Trunking is also known as cord covers, cable raceways, and cord concealers. You can cut each cover piece to match the length of the cables you are trying to hide. Choose colors that match your wall colors, or paint the walls of your home to match the cable concealers. They are cheap and an excellent solution to hide cables when designing your new home. 

6. Decorative Aluminum Sheets

Entertainment centers in your living area are usually the center of most homes. TV boxes are one of those devices that are a must-have, but they take up a lot of space, don’t they? If you haven’t purchased a TV cabinet for your new home, just simply build a decorative box instead. It’s cheap and will hide all the ugly wires attached to your TV set. 

You can do so by opting for decorative aluminum sheets easily available at craft or hardware stores. It is a beautiful way to keep your home neat and free of hanging cables.

7. Build a Fake Wall

When everything fails, turn to a fake wall to conceal the ugly wires. It is an ideal solution when it becomes impossible for homeowners to hide cables to keep their homes neat. A fake wall can create a convincing illusion, although you may need to work with wood to cover the area. For best results, paint the wood to complement your home decor.

8. Hide Remotes

Magnets are a great solution to tidy up clutter in your living area. Although this might not hide all your cables, but can successfully store remotes. We all have multiple remotes from heaters, TV sets, play stations, Xboxes, surround sound systems, sound bars, air conditioners, and so on. So where do you keep them? Wouldn’t it be perfect to have a dedicated space to store all your remotes? Simply attach a magnet to the back of each remote and place the magnetic strip in a covered-up area, such as the underside of a tea table or a side table. You can easily put them away when you’re not using the remotes. A great way to declutter your living area. 


If you are at the planning stage of moving into your new home and still have a lot of purchases to be made, opt for wireless devices. Trust us; it will save you the time, effort, and money required to hide the ugly cables when designing your new home. However, if this ship has sailed, you can use the tips above to keep your house looking neat, and dust-free!

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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