Electronics

How to Hide Speaker Wire – Complete Guide


Fix-1: Use a Speaker Wire Tape

Generally, speaker wire tapes are quite affordable and you can get them from any hardware store.

  • Simply chop a strip about an inch in length and wrap the cable up with the tape as you would do with electrical tape. Make sure that your wire is in the center of the tape. 
  • This prevents it from becoming entangled with other cables or wires running over your flooring.


Fix-2: Enfold with Runners (or) Rugs

Filling the unused space in your house, especially the living room with a rug (or) carpet adds individuality and attracts attention to itself, as well as preventing tripping hazards. 

  • If you have a rug (or) carpet with a free space, then consider running the speaker wire underneath it to keep them out of sight. 
  • This is frequently done in living rooms and bedrooms where there are no wires but are easily accessible. 
  • Ensure to keep these wires from getting entangled on furniture legs when they are stepped on, which might cause them to shred, tear, or even short-circuit.


Fix-3: Use Command Hooks

Command hooks, which can be bought at most stores, are another low-cost and simple method for hiding speaker cables. They are more adaptable, which means they may be quickly removed from walls without causing damage.

  • First, take some time choosing the optimum placement for your command hook before drilling any holes in your wall (or) other surfaces. 
  • Then Find a location high enough to keep children and dogs out of reach, but low enough to keep cables from straining too tightly over long distances, as they could if positioned higher up the wall.


Fix-4: Prefer Cable Organisers

Most people prefer cable management strategy to hide speaker wire as it is inexpensive and simple. This process involves wrapping your wires in PVC (or) fabric and stringing them up through a wall, ceiling, or any other hidden area.

  • Locate if there are any existing holes in those surfaces from prior installations such as light fixtures, because drilling new holes may be tough depending on how solid and thick they are. 
  • Then tuck all of your spare wires without having cables running across your floor area for everyone else to trip on. 


Fix-5: Sheath with Paint (or) Wall Papers

Either painting the wall or sticking colorful wallpapers can be a good alternative if the surface where you need to hide speaker wiring is hard and flat, such as your walls (or) ceiling.

  • Attach speaker wires straight and flush to the walls either by using a staple gun (or) zip ties before painting over them. 
  • Once done, paint the portion with a matching color (or) glue a wallpaper that complements your decor to cover the wires and ties with the walls.


Fix-6: Employ Light Strips

Concealing the speaker cables by decorating them with flexible LED light strips is a fantastic alternative to painting. They are available in various lengths, brightness, colors, materials, and functions. Some are powered by AC wall adapters, while others may be charged by USB. 

  • Generally, many LED light strips come with a peel-away backing that allows them to attach to surfaces.
  • And some are ropes that come with mounting hardware which can be controlled with remote controls, while others may be operated via a smartphone app.


Fix-7: Go for Baseboard Molding

Baseboards are often built somewhat higher above the ground to allow for carpeting. While going for baseboard mloling make sure some space should also exist between the tack strip and the wall, beneath the carpet and baseboard. 

  • Tuck the speaker wire between the carpet and the baseboard with your fingers and if the gap is too small, use a thin screwdriver (or) ruler to carefully press the wire against the wall until it is no longer visible.
  • Work your way around the room until all of the desired speaker wire is hidden completely.


Fix-8: Leverage Wall Mounted Power Strip

This method works well for those who wish to hide speaker wiring in their house without screwing, nailing, or inserting other hardware into walls and ceilings. A wall-mounted power strip comes with multiple outlets spaced out along its length to keep everything orderly and concealed. 

  • Simply, pull your cables from various devices into one outlet and plug them into the power strip.
  • If there isn’t an available outlet where you need it, get an extension cable with many outlets spread throughout its length to replace the power strip.


Fix-9: Opt for a Flat Speaker Wire

Flat speaker wire looks and deploys like a roll of ribbon or packaging tape. The peel-away backing exposes the industrial-strength adhesive side, which sticks to almost any flat surface.

  • Since this wire is flexible and super thin, you can easily stick it around corners without any difficulty. 
  • However, you will need some flat wire terminal blocks, one pair for each speaker, to connect the wires to the back of the speakers and receivers. 


Fix-10: Go Wireless

If you have the option of going wireless, this is an excellent technique to conceal speaker wiring because there are no cables.

  • This is possible via speakers, keyboards, mice, and other devices. 
  • You will need Bluetooth (or) Wi-Fi-enabled devices that can convey signals from your computer (or) device without needing to be hooked in as an HDMI or optical connection would.


Fix-11: Consider Chair Rail Molding

Chair rail molding (or) wainscotting is a kind of molding that bisects into the walls horizontally. Although this strategy transforms the appearance of living spaces, and many types feature a design that allows speaker wires to be hidden underneath, it requires a lot of planning. 

  • Start by measuring the walls to decide how much molding to purchase. 
  • Studs must be identified ahead of time so that chair rails may be securely fastened in place. 
  • Pieces must be carefully trimmed such that all ends are flush with one another. 
  • Sanding, finishing, and painting are also required. And also don’t forget to run the speaker cables across carefully as needed.


Fix-12: Install Cable Raceways (or) Covers

Cable raceways (or) cable covers come as a package that includes connecting components, covers, elbow joints, screws and anchors, and double-sided sticky tape. They provide either an open (or) enclosed route for cables and wires to be safely tucked inside. 

  • Cable covers are often made of rubber (or) PVC, provide cable protection, and work best when placed against the walls on non-carpeted flooring. 
  • Cable raceways can be helpful for concealing speaker cables, but they are not always easy to remove. 


Fix-13: Place Wire Inside Walls 

Installing wire inside walls gives a durable and professional-looking option. You can get a smooth and tidy configuration without any exposed connections by fishing the speaker wires within the walls.


Fix-14: Use Cable Clips

One of the best methods to hide speaker wiring is to use cable clips with embedded nails. These clips make it simple and secure to attach speaker cables to walls or ceilings without leaving any visible markings (or) causing harm to the surface. Cable clips, with their streamlined form, are ideal for hiding speaker wires in any environment.


Fix-15: Hide Wires Under Hardware Flooring

Hide speaker wires beneath hardwood flooring for a clean and beautiful appearance. However, this requires professional installation and can be quite expensive. But still going ahead with this approach is completely based on your need and budget. 


Fix-16: Prefer Alternative Panel Molding

Alternative panel molding can be used to hide speaker wires. This method is appropriate for spaces where typical panel molding cannot be used owing to space limitations or other design reasons. 

  • The molding can be painted (or) stained to match the walls and floors, creating a seamless look. To achieve a polished finish, choose the right size and style of molding.