By Silvia Navejar, SatelliteTV.com
You’ve finally found the perfect lamp that gives off just the right amount of light for your home office. Now if you could just find the best spot for it and hide that pesky cord, your space would be complete. Nothing can ruin clean design lines or great décor more than unsightly electronics and appliance cords. Here are six tips to help keep cables and cords out of sight.
1. Get Rid of the Clutter
One of the easiest ways to cut out the mess of cords is to minimize the number of devices you have. Start with the spaces that tend to get cluttered most, like counters and desktops. For example, if you don’t use your fax machine, get rid of it. Consider replacing office and small kitchen appliances with a single piece that functions as an all-in-one device. To reduce cord clutter from must-have items like cellphones or tablets, use a decorative charging station. It can hide cords for many handheld devices and can add personality to a room.
2. Accessorize and Arrange
Sometimes cords are unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean they have to be the center of attention. Use accessories or furniture at every angle. Place rugs over cords that run on the ground. Find vases, storage containers, waste baskets and decorative pieces that are aesthetically pleasing but can double as masking agents.
3. Find a Product That Works
There are inexpensive and easy-to-install products that will cover cords and cables for you. Products like the Cable Zipper or floor or wall cord channels can be quick solutions for minimizing obvious cord run-off. Additionally, Styrofoam or plastic tubing can be cut length-wise and slipped around several cords. Look for products that match floor boards or can be painted to match the wall or an accent color.
4. Use What You Have
A simple solution that doesn’t take much more than creative planning is to put appliances and hardware in existing storage or usable space. Arrange furniture so that anything with a cord can be near an outlet, so you can avoid running power supply cables across the room. Mount your hardware under furniture — attach the Internet router or power strip underneath your desk or your DVR inside the TV console. Stow your less-used devices inside cabinets or drawers.
Though a lot of hardware still requires an electrical source, you can buy wireless electronics and appliances such as lamps, printers, speakers, keyboards and wireless TV satellite equipment that may be worth the investment. Consider how much the device will be used, if you frequently rearrange furniture or if a cord will impede the appeal or flow of a room to decide if it’s worth the purchase.
6. Be Creative
If you are OK with an unconventional solution, look at fabrics that match the design of the room. Sew a basic sleeve from fabric and push up and around the cord before plugging it in. Use organization elements, like clips, Velcro or zip ties, to wrangle several cords together before attaching to a piece of furniture. Add paint if you’re feeling extra creative.
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About Silvia Navejar and SatelliteTV.com
Silvia Navejar is a writer and outreach manager for SatelliteTV.com, a site that connects consumers to the best satellite products and resources on the web.
Note: This is a guest post; the views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Redfin.