Our Weekend Project: Covering Up the Cables & Cords

The weekend is nearly here and that means we're set to put down the keyboard and mouse and get back to some of the decorative and organizational projects in our new apartment. We've laid out the basic setup of our new home office in a closet (shown below); currently it's a bare bones affair, and we've got some cords/cable routing issues to address, specifically the cables and cords snaking around the corner from the living room and into the closet space where there aren't any outlets. During a recent hardware run to Home Depot, we found an affordable solution: the Wiremold Home Entertainment Cord Cover Kit.

As you can see in the slideshow above, currently a power cord and our ethernet cable snake around visibly from the corner of our living room and into our closet home office, creating a bit of an eyesore. We've known about Le Grand's Wiremold before (Anthony reported on one of their other raceway products), but this was the first time we saw the pre-packaged kits specific for DIY projects for home entertainment projects.

The Home Entertainment Kit comes with:

  • 3 48" CornerMate channels (covers)
  • 4 48" CordMate II channels (covers)
  • 2 CordMate II transitions
  • 2 CordMate II couplings

We recommend you check out how Anthony used Wiremold Surface Raceways in his home entertainment, living room setup for further inspiration and examples of hiding the mess.

What we like about these fairly affordable products is how easy they are to install for anyone, with self-adhesive backing and an easy to paint surface to blend into any decor. They come in various channel sizes, for smaller cables, up to cords of thicker diameter (we picked the largest at Home Depot). Our first step is actually to paint the surrounding walls and then painting these channel cord covers afterward or leave them white as contrasting trim (we haven't yet decided). We'll follow up soon once we get done (hopefully) this weekend, resulting in what we know will be a much nicer cable and cord situation in our home.

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