How to Hide Your Fugly TV Cords

DIY how to hide fugly TV cords cable flex tubing cover yarn wrapped tutorial The Decor Guru

Have you ever noticed how decor magazines never show you cords and cables in a room? Obviously these aren’t Amish homes, so what’s up with that?

In the spirit of real world decorating, cords shouldn’t matter. Still, I despise ’em. There are great fixes to hide cords, like mounting your TV to the wall and hiding the cords inside. But when you live in an apartment, that’s a no-go. So I decided to try an alternative: yarn-wrapped cord covers.

I was hesitant about this at first, for safety reasons. And I may still be wrong–please correct me if so–but it seems if something goes haywire with your cord and it sparks, then won’t it still create a fire anyhow? So I figured what the hell and took a chance.

Actually, this project does use an approved cord cover (before the yarn): split flex tubing. You can find it in the electrical section. Here’s what it looks like before:

DIY how to hide fugly TV cords cable flex tubing cover yarn wrapped tutorial The Decor Guru

I spraypainted the tubing to match my beige walls, but when I started bending it and stringing my cables through it, the paint flaked off. Apparently this type of plastic doesn’t do well with spraypaint. #DIYfail

Plan B: use the extra cover I didn’t paint and wrap it with thick yarn instead. This method worked so much better and was far quicker than spraypaint. Here’s how I did it:

1. First, I shut off the power to everything. I left all the cables connected where they should and just unplugged the surge protector.

2. Next, I temporarily grouped my cords together with a twisty tie. Doing this allowed me to see which cords I could combine into the tubing.

I ended up needing 2 separate groups of cords. The first one was from the TV down to the DVD player/cable box below while the second group was from the cable box/DVD player to the surge protector and cable outlet.

3. I then measured the length of each group of wires and cut my the tubing to fit. This was really easy to do with a basic pair of scissors.

4. The tubing is flexible and opens, so I then added my cords by spreading the tubing apart a little. I did this one cord at a time.

5. Next came the yarn. I wrapped it on 3 strands together, one yard at a time to make it easier. To attach it to the tubing, I used a hot glue gun just on the ends. For the parts where I wrapped yarn around actual cord, I made sure not to use hot glue onto the cord itself– instead, I glued it to the yarn I’d previously wrapped.

That’s it! Naturally, the cords are still visible, but now they’re almost camouflaged into the background. Some parts are a thicker where I combined a few cords that wouldn’t fit into the tubing, but since they’re hidden once you push the TV back to the wall. No worries.

I spent less than $10 for this project, which makes the outcome even sweeter. Here’s what it looks like from the back, all nicely organized:

DIY how to hide fugly TV cords cable flex tubing cover yarn wrapped tutorial The Decor Guru

From the front:

DIY how to hide fugly TV cords cable flex tubing cover yarn wrapped tutorial The Decor Guru

And the best part, the before and after shots (they’re slightly different since I moved the TV to another part of the room and changed up the decor):before after DIY how to hide fugly TV cords cable flex tubing cover yarn wrapped tutorial The Decor Guru

before DIY how to hide fugly TV cords cable flex tubing cover yarn wrapped tutorial The Decor Guru

after DIY how to hide fugly TV cords cable flex tubing cover yarn wrapped tutorial The Decor Guru

How do you disguise your cords and cables?  Or do you proudly display them? Do you have anything camouflaged in your home?

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2 Comments on How to Hide Your Fugly TV Cords

  1. Great idea! Very pretty. I love everything about your apartment, if you ever move just leave it furnished so I can move right in Lol.

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