Hide Speaker Wires With These Handy Tips
There are a number of ways to hide speaker wires and avoid cluttering up your new home theater. Obviously nobody is interested in putting together an ugly theater so knowing how to hide speaker wires is important too. Many people plan the location of their speakers when building their home theaters but never consider how they're going to hook them up. I have a friend who finished his basement and never thought about running speaker cable until he actually brought home his new speaker package.
Here are a few ideas on how to hide those ugly cables.
- Tuck your cables under your baseboards
- Run the cable under the carpeting
- Hide speaker wire by running it through your ceiling
- In-wall speakers
- Wireless speakers
- Build a cable run
Tuck your cables under your baseboards
If you have a carpeted theater, then this is a very easy solution. Measure enough speaker cable to reach your speakers, and run the cable along your walls baseboards. Then tuck the cable between the baseboard and the carpet. It may look tight, but there's usually plenty of room there. Use a screw driver to gently push the speaker wires under the baseboard.
Run the cable under the carpeting
Hiding speaker wires with the baseboard option may be difficult if you have to cross a couple door openings on your way to the speakers. One way around this would be to run the cable under the carpet.
The problem here is that you don't want to feel the wire under that carpet with your feet. Flat audio cable gets around this problem. If your carpet hasn't been laid yet, you can work with the carpet installers to have your flat cable run throughout the room to their respective speakers.
Be sure the carpet installers are careful with their tools so they don't damage the cables. They use special tape and hot irons to glue two carpet seams together so its critical they don't nick the speaker cables while doing so.
If your carpet is already laid, or you don't want to risk being able to feel speaker wires under your feet throughout the room, you can run the wire under the carpet along the perimeter of the room. You can simply pull back the carpet from the room's edges, run the cable, then push the carpet back down.
If the wiring has to cross a door, you can get away with running the cable as close to the door opening as possible. Here's why: If the other room has a different type/color of carpet or has hard wood, you can run the wire as close as possible to the transition to help avoid feeling the speaker wires under the carpet.
Run speaker cables through your ceiling
Connecting to surround speakers is easy if you have a drop-ceiling. To get a nice, clean look, you can mount your surrounds up near the ceiling. Then run your speaker wires through the ceiling joists to each speaker.
Some of the wire is going to hang down from the ceiling. The wire is usually paintable so you can even touch up the wires to match the wall paint.
These speakers are built into the walls or ceiling and look rather good. You're still forced to cut a hole in your drywall and run speaker wires through your wall, but you end up with a nice clean look.
You can also paint the grill and even upgrade the speakers down the road. These may reduce your room's sound proofing and you can't quite aim the speakers in the direction you'd like. You must also use special speakers rated for use in walls.
What better way to hide speaker wires than to not have the wire in the first place. Fairly new to the market are wireless speakers. Here you completely avoid the need to run any type of speaker wire to your speakers.
The downside is you have to plug your speakers into an electrical outlet so you don't get away from cables entirely. Though most wireless speakers operate on frequencies as high as 2.4 GHz, you do have to contend with the remote possibility of radio interference from other devices like wireless routers or cordless phones.
Build a cable run
If your ceiling hasn't yet been drywalled, you can install a two to three inch flexible tube called a cable run (or cable ferry) from the front of your room to the back and down into the wall where you'd expect any surround speakers to be.
Using this technique to hide speaker wire is a nice idea, but mostly because it give you easy room to grow. You can use one to hide speaker wire but speaker wire is so cheap, that it wouldn't make too much sense going through the trouble of installing the run in the first place.
The main advantage to a cable run is to more easily lay expensive cables like those for video. Instead of springing for expensive, upscale cabling, just install a low-cost run and use it to hook up any new devices down the road (like a new projector, for example).
Other articles in this section
- How To Save Money On The Electrician
There Are Some Places In A Home Theater Where Placing An Electrical Outlet Can Be A Life-Saver. Find Out Where...
- Top 5 Electrical Outlet Locations
Doing Some Of The Small Work Yourself Can Save You Some Money On Your Electrician's Bill. Here's How...
- All About Electrical Inspections
Changes To Your Home's Electrical Wiring Will Require An Electrical Inspection. Its The Law. Click Here To Find Out More.
- Build A Permanent Cable Run
Avoid Headaches Down The Road By Thinking Ahead Now. Learn How A Permanent Cable Run Can Make Your Life Easier.
- How To Crimp A Coax Cable
Easily Crimp A Connector Onto A Coax Cable With These Simple Instructions.
- Hide Your Speaker Wires With These Handy Tips
Avoid having speaker wires become an eye-sore. Here are some ideas to help you hide ugle speakers wires.