Hey, It's OK to Let Your Wires Show!

Hey, It's OK to Let Your Wires Show!

Taryn Williford
Jul 17, 2012

If you're struggling to hide your cables and cords from sight, it might be time to turn the proverbial corner and adopt a laissez-faire attitude to your wires. Let them show, and turn your extra slack and long, room-spanning cords into line art for the walls.

Yesterday on the link-sharing site Reddit, user BlueChainsawMan shared the photo of the Playstation above, with the caption "I wish I could've thought of this..."

It's a very clever design—tacking the extra lengths of home theater cables to the wall in a pattern that mimics the wire shapes found inside electronics—but it's not the first time we've seen unsightly wire slack turned into line art for the walls:

• Our founder, Maxwell, spotted some creative wire linework on the walls of an Italian wine shop. It's probably a solution formed out of neccessity, since it looks like those old brick walls would be a pain to break through.

• Artist Maisie Maud Broadhead turns cable spaghetti into a work of art, carefully crafting the slack wire from a lamp into a frame design above the fireplace. It's part of a series of installations called Cable Drawings.

If you want to try your hand at something like this, the toolkit is simple: You just need a hammer, a cheap pack of nail-in wire clips, and a creative spirit (or a stencil and a good eraser).

(Images: 1. Reddit, 2. Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan for Apartment Therapy, 3. Maisie Maud Broashead)

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