How to hide TV wires in a wall

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Lauren Farrell
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Before you drill holes in the wall to thread through your TV wires, make sure there are no studs or fireblocks that will prevent you from installing the cable plates or threading your wires through.

Hide TV wires in the wall

When you bring your new TV into the living room to set it up, you’ve probably already mapped out the perfect spot for it on the wall and how you’re going to mount it. But what are you going to do with all the wires?

TV wires hanging down from your screen are not an aesthetic you see in well-designed homes. Add in your gaming console, audio equipment or a satellite TV box, and you’ll only end up with even more distracting wires snaking and spilling out from the wall or your media console.

But you can hide those pesky wires in your wall to keep the room looking clean and tidy. You’ll even save space for furniture and decoration. And it’s a pretty easy job once you understand the steps involved and materials that you need to get the job done.

Why you should hide TV wires

Aesthetics

If you’ve worked hard to create a peaceful and tidy room, the last thing you want is lots of wires hanging down along the wall. Hiding your TV wires in the wall keeps things looking neat and tidy. Plus, you might have a color scheme in your home that totally clashes with the heavy black or vibrant red of electrical wires. 

Cleanliness

When you have wires trailing down the back of your TV or entertainment unit, it becomes a little too easy to skip over that area with the vacuum. Lifting wires out of the way is a pain, but when left alone, they can easily accumulate a lot of dust, pet hair and cobwebs. By hiding the TV wires, you’re eliminating the clutter around your walls and floors so you can vacuum and dust effectively.

Safety

Wires can be hazardous for multiple different reasons. Unless they’re firmly tucked behind an entertainment unit, they can easily present a tripping hazard. If your TV is mounted to the wall and the wires are hanging down, you could catch something on the wires and end up pulling your TV down with them.

Loose wires are also a safety hazard if you’ve got pets or children in the home. Without understanding the dangers, wires can get chewed or pulled. Hiding TV wires in the wall ensures they’re safe from mischievous paws.

How to hide TV wires in a wall

Hiding your TV wires behind the wall essentially involves drilling two holes in the wall. The first hole is going to be behind the TV monitor, while the second is going to be down near the outlet where you plug in your TV. 

You’ll then be feeding the wires from the TV to the outlet down through the wall rather than hanging down behind your screen. 

What you need to hide TV wires

You’re going to need a few tools to complete the task. The easiest way to make sure you have everything you need, and so you’ll be performing the task safely, is to get a cable organizer kit.

Cable organizer kits generally include:

  • Cable plates
  • Hole saw attachment for power drills
  • Electrical wire
  • Cable plate outline for tracing
  • Wire snake

But to do the job properly, you’ll also need a:

Step 1: Select the cable plate locations

Choose a spot for each cable plate location. The top one should fit behind where the TV screen will be mounted on the wall. The second one lower down needs to be near an electrical outlet. Before finalizing the location, take your stud finder and make sure you will not be drilling too close to any studs in the wall. 

Next, take the cable plate stencil and tape it to your chosen location. Use a pencil to trace the outline of the cable plate onto the wall in both locations.

Step 2: Saw the cable plate holes

Attach the circular drill attachment to your power drill and use this to create a hold over your tracing. If your cable organizer kit did not come with this attachment, you can also use a jab saw or drywall knife to create the holes.

It’s a good idea to lay down some plastic sheeting during this step to catch any debris.

Step 3: Wire the cable plates

Connect the wires to the receptacles on the back of the cable plates as instructed in your cable organizer kit. Follow the instructions carefully here as, if you attach them incorrectly, you may not be able to remove them and start again depending on the type of attachment mechanism provided.

Step 4: Thread the wires down through the wall

At the top receptacle, thread the AV cables from your TV and the wired cable plates through the wall. You'll likely have received wire fishing accessories with your cable organization kit. Use these to feed the wires into the top receptacle and fish them through at the bottom receptacle.

Step 5: Mount the cable plates

Screw one of the cable plate receptacles over the top hole that will sit behind your TV using a screwdriver. Then move down to the other hole near the electrical outlet and do the same with the other cable plate. 

Step 6: Plug in your cables and your TV

You should now be able to plug all your AV cables into the back of your TV from the cable plate at the top. 

The cords that you pulled out of the bottom cable plate can be plugged directly into your existing electrical outlet. If not, you can run an extension cord between the cable plate and the nearest electrical outlet and neatly run that cord along the wall using cable clips.

Best kits to hide TV wires in the wall

Legrand Home Office & Theater in Wall TV Power Kit: available at Amazon

If you’re new to things like cutting into drywall and don’t want to do any complex wiring, this kit is simple to install and comes with almost everything you need to get the job done in as little time as possible. The recessed power plates also mean the bulky plugs won’t get in the way of furniture so you can press your media console or couch flush to the wall. 

DataComm Electronics Flat Panel TV Cable Organizer Kit: available at Amazon

While there is a little bit of wiring required with this kit, the manufacturer provides very detailed step-by-step instructions, so most users reported that it was very simple to install. There are a few kits available with this listing so be sure to select the available add-ons you want for your home project from the drop-down menu. When installing, make sure you do so with ample space between studs as some users report difficulty getting the recessed receptacle to fit if they drill too close. 

PowerBridge Dual Outlet Recessed In-Wall Cable Management System: available at Amazon

This system is ideal if you have multiple pieces of equipment that you’ll need to plug in, such as a soundbar. The recessed cable plate provides two plug outlets rather than one so you can plug in multiple devices. And its sleeve cable-feeding design above and below the outlets allows you to push a number of audio and smaller cables through to connect to your multiple devices. Make sure your plugs aren’t angled as some users report difficulty getting plugs to fit into the recessed-receptacle design.

Lauren Farrell is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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