Hiding Speaker Wire Solutions
Hiding Speaker Wire Solutions
Just from the title alone, I’m sure you’re already aware what this article is going to be about; hiding speaker wire solutions!
With all that goes into creating that perfect home theater, it can be pretty easy to overlook a lot of the smaller things that go into it as well. From the height of your speaker, to the color accuracy of your display, it’s essentially an entire world in of itself.
And if you just recently set up a new system (congrats on that) it’s likely you noticed something else too, something rather concerning; the wires. Yes the wires, the lifeline of your entire setup. As great as they are, you’ve probably realized by now that they’re, quite simply, in the way.
Tripping over them definitely isn’t fun, (I would know) and neither is worrying about accidentally pulling something over. Not only that, but it’s also likely that they’re causing your room to look unsightly/messy, and who wants that?
So my goal here is to share with you a few of the ways you can tidy things up so everything is clean and professional looking. Do note you’ll have to unplug everything before you do this (and possibly rewire depending on what method you plan on using)
Anyway without further ado, let’s get into it 😀
Use A Wire Staple Gun & Cover Them With Matching Paint
Let’s say you want to run your speaker wires along the wall, but you’re worried about it looking somewhat ugly. In this case, what you could always do is paint over them in matching paint to the wall they’re being placed on. (If you’re renting your place by the way, make sure it’s okay for you to actually do something like this prior)
Now if you haven’t done so already, you’ll want to do some measuring as well beforehand to see what length of wire you’ll need to run from the speaker to the receiver, so I’d recommend doing this first. After you’ve figured out the length and cut the wire, you’ll need a way to actually pin them to the wall.
One thing that works exceptionally well is using a wire staple gun to do so. You would initially think this would hurt the wires, but that’s not the case at all. They actually have staples specifically designed for each different gauge wire so that this isn’t an issue, making it perfectly safe.
Once you’ve secured the wire to the wall (which you might need someone to else to hold up) you can then paint over it so that it blends in, making it much less of an eye sore.
Cover Them With A Carpet /Rug
For those of you out there who simply don’t have the time, or energy to be doing some of the more elaborate things on this list, (I sympathize with you) here’s a super fast and easy fix for you; cover them with a rug!
If you have wires that happen to be running across doorways, and places with a lot of foot traffic, then it’s very possible for you to trip over them. Worse still, is it’s possible for someone to trip and pull a speaker down, which is something I’m sure you’d like to avoid.
So by placing a small throw rug on top of spots like these, they’ll not only be out of the way for the most part, but you also won’t have to worry about any accidental mishaps occurring. Plus, there’s always the added bonus of it adding a sense of style to the room which is always nice.
Obviously it won’t be able to cover every inch of the wire, but it’ll cover enough to where it isn’t a problem. Besides the rug, something else I would recommend to go along with it would be a rug pad which would help it not move out of place when you walk across it.
Tucking Them Under/Between The Carpet & Floorboards
Here’s a more involved method if you’re looking for a more permanent, all around solution. By running them underneath, or between your carpet/hardwood floor & the baseboard, you’ll be able to completely conceal them.
How easy this process is for you is going to depend on how tight the space is between the 2. If it’s a somewhat bigger space, then sliding the wire in with simply your fingers should suffice.
But if you happen to find that the space is too tight for this to be done normally, I’ve found that lightly nudging it along with a small flat headed screwdriver typically does the trick. You don’t want to be too rough obviously, just enough so that it slides in without kinking or ripping.
But for this, while not completely necessary, you may want someone else to assist you. That way, one could pull the carpet up, and the other could place the wire. Here’s an awesome video that shows you how to do exactly that.
Place Them By A Light Strip
This is more on the cosmetic side of the spectrum. If you don’t like the look of bare wire running along the floor, what you can do is place LED light strips right beside it to help make it a lot less noticeable.
The awesome part about these is that they’re usually fully customizable, meaning you can change the color temperature, length, etc. to whatever works best for you; some are even fully controllable by phone! Nothing would make you feel like more of a boss than changing the lighting in a room with just a cell phone.
Plus, they can also add a sense of decorum to the room that definitely helps when it comes time for movie night. My favorite that I’d highly recommend to you would have to be the YiHong LED Light Strip RGB Strip.
Not only is it a flat adhesive based light strip that can be placed anywhere and is super easy to install; it also works with your mobile so you can then customize the light color to anything you want. It even has full Alexa and Google Home compatibility.
Seriously, how cool is that?
Use Flat Speaker Wire
Here’s another one of my favorite options; using flat speaker wire! Yes you heard that right. There’s a thing called flat speaker wire. Like the name suggests, it still acts as normal speaker wire, it’s just completely flat with the added benefit of being able to stick to any surface.
The advantage of this choice is that you’re given more freedom, since you can run the wire exactly how you want to without a lot of the extra work. Plus you never have to worry about damaging it since it runs flush with whatever surface it sticks to.
This is perfect for those tight spots where space is an issue. Heck if this is the case, you could even get creative and combine it with one of the previous tips by running it under the carpet and into the receiver; making it as least intrusive and minimalist as possible.
Now the best flat speaker wire in my opinion would have to be the Sewell Ghost Wire, Super Flat Adhesive Speaker Wire. That’s because of the fact that it’s easy to use, looks great, and most importantly, I’ve found it to actually be durable. That last bit is invaluable honestly.
You’ll also need what’s known as a terminal block which is basically where the wires go, regular 16 gauge speaker wire to connect to the terminals, and banana plugs that go into your receiver. Here’s how to connect it should you use this method along with how to strip the speaker wire (don’t worry it’s pretty simple)
Use A Cable Cover/Cable Raceway
Using cable raceways are another great option to hide any exposed wires.
What are they?
Basically think of them as elongated plastic covers that your wires go through to be hidden. They’re usually ran around doorways and along walls so that they’re out of the way, and can be painted to further blend in.
These are especially great to use if you’re someone who’s concerned with maintaining the aesthetic of your home, since these can be added to seamlessly to hide any unsightly wiring.
There are different types of these as well including ones that have open or closed latches that help hold the wires in place. Here’s a good one to use if you plan on going that route.
Alternatively, you can also take the more temporary, but still related route of using cable covers as well. These are typically made of rubber, and are extremely effective in protecting wires; even when weight is applied over them.
This makes them an attractive option for places where there would be a lot of foot traffic, since they’re flat on the bottom and rounded on top; making it hard to move around. Wire covers also tend to have the most traction on hardwood flooring, but they still work great on carpets too.
On top of that, you have plenty to choose from since they come in all kinds of colors and sizes.
Place Them Under Crown/ Chair Rail Molding
Crown Molding (which is the the thing you see in the picture above) is basically the plastic piece that commonly runs across the tops of walls and adds character to a room.
Its original purpose was to cover gaps within the walls, but it eventually became an aesthetic piece.
Chair Rail Molding is pretty much the same thing except it’s usually located towards the bottoms of walls.
What you can do to make wiring more discrete, is run them under the molding so that it gives the appearance that it isn’t even there. This option again, is extremely useful if you prioritize maintaining a clean looking movie room.
Here’s a link on how to do exactly that along with an awesome adhesive molding that’ll make things infinitely easier.
The process basically involves tacking the wire onto the wall then placing the molding over it. It’s a little involved so I’d recommend setting some time aside to do this.
Install Them Through The Wall
Now this is of course, the most involved option on the list; running wires through the wall. Again if you’re renting your place, then I’d highly suggest getting clearance from your landlord first if you attempt something like.
But this is an option for those of you looking for more of a permanent solution; especially if you plan on using things like ceiling speakers and such.
To be honest, unless you have extensive DIY/contracting knowledge, I’d highly recommend hiring a professional to do this for you as the process can be quite extensive.
However do note that if you are going to attempt this method yourself, you’ll likely need a friend or two to help along with a lot of time and patience.
Basically what the process entails is first drilling a hole in the wall, and using a tool to feed the wire through the wall. From there you can either place your receiver within the wall and plug it in there, or cut another hole in the next part of the wall to feed the wire out. But again do keep in mind that whenever you run any type of cable within the wall that it has to be UL listed.
UL (Underwriters Laboratories) is an organization that essentially sets the standards on what types of wiring is safe & under what conditions through very rigorous testing. So when something is UL listed, that means that product is guaranteed to be safe since it isn’t easy to get that certification.
This is important when running it through the wall because it can be a safety hazard if you use the wrong kind.
Here’s a video that goes over the process and talks all about this.
Use Clear Tape
This option is obviously a more temporary choice, but hey, it does the job. If you have an event coming up (such as a party), and you have no time to implement a more permanent fix, then for the time being, some clear tape could always do the job.
Taping the wires up against the wall or against the floor can ensure that they’re out of the way, and not a safety hazard. Sometimes you just gotta do, what you gotta do.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this article on hiding speaker solutions. I’m quite sure that there are even more out there, (let’s be honest, there’s some really creative people) but these are just a few of the top ways you can hide any unsightly wires. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask.
Until next time, make it easy, keep it simple. 😉
Hey everyone it’s nice to meet you. I’m Jasmere, the founder of Easy Home Theater. I’ve been with this hobby for many years now, and decided to create this site to share everything that I’ve learned from personal experience with you. I hope you find it helpful, and if you ever have any questions, be sure to reach out!