A Carpet Kicker: The Best Tool for Cord-Wrangling Renters

A Carpet Kicker: The Best Tool for Cord-Wrangling Renters

Taryn Williford
Jan 4, 2011

I've been a life-long renter. Sure, I'm young and my "life-long" renting history spans only 3 or 4 apartments, but I've picked up a few tips for truly making myself at home. The toughest part? Hiding the wires and cords that connect my home theater and surround sound speakers. But luckily, I have a magic tool up my sleeve: A Carpet Kicker.

Hardwood and tile floors are usually seen as far superior options to carpet. But that wall-to-wall sea of beige does have one advantage over it's sleeker brethren: It's almost like built-in cord control.

When you need to run wires across your rental's living room—without drilling or mounting or otherwise irritating your landlord— just tuck it under the edge of your carpet.

First, use a pry bar to loosen the rug at the tack strip along the room's perimeter, and fit your wire or cable in the space under the baseboards. Then, use your fancy Carpet Kicker tool to re-tuck the carpet under the baseboards. It's cheap, easy and won't break your lease!

You can buy a carpet kicker online for anywhere from $25-$100. Or just rent one from your local home improvement store; you should be able to snag one for around $15.

(Top Image: Flickr member Flickr Dave, Flickr member Andrew Mason under license from Creative Commons.)

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