Renters, How Do You Battle Cable-Forced Room Layouts?

Having just been apartment shopping not too long ago, we are fresh to the notion that one of the most important things to consider in a candidate for a new space is the location of power outlets and cable connections in the room layout. Especially small spaces where there's one cable jack—and that means only one spot to easily wire up the entertainment center...What if the furniture you use for your media center is too tall and wide to fit well in this most unfair forced media nook (Which was basically my exact experience)? Or what if you just want to lay out your space differently than what the designers had in mind when they wired your place up?

Now obviously, you can pick up an extension cord and move the television wherever you damn well please in your own home, but then you're faced with Unplggd's favorite challenge of what in the world to do with the ugly cord that snakes across the room.

You could try to work the cord along the walls and tuck it under the edge of the carpet or staple it just above same-colored baseboards. But then there's a problem if you run into doorways to cross over with the wire. You could run the cord from point A to point B and cover the new room-bisecting wire with a floor rug or lay out your furniture on top of it, but you're not likely to completely hide the eyesore.

Or, like me, you could just give in, buy a new TV stand that fits the space and put the TV where the cable connection is. What's your solution to cable-connection-forced room layouts? Do you fight the power(cord)? Or do you chill out and let the wires fall where they may?

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