Thursday, January 27, 2011

How to Hide Your Surround Sound Cables for Ridiculously Cheap

What is really ridiculous is not how cheap this was but how long it took us to do it. We moved here in July and the speakers were promptly put up and the wires had been an eyesore the whole time. We tried to keep them neat with a little bit of tape but I think that might have been worse than nothing.

See? Terrible! And the other side of the room was even worse. The tape wouldn't stick and the cables dangled diagonally on the wall. Occasionally, Desmond would get his tail caught on it and scare himself when it banged around. And usually, his reaction to scaring himself involves stepping on and hurting me. It was lovely.

Do you know what else is ridiculous? The price of the casing made for this sort of job. It is about $20 for 6 ft. Yeah that is not happening. Finally, my mom got tired of looking at this when they came to visit and we went to home depot and found the perfect solution.

You can find it in the molding and paneling section of your Home Depot. I think it is made to slide a piece of wood paneling into the side but that area holds speaker cables perfectly.

There were barcodes printed on it so we used nail polish remover to soften the ink and then sanded it away with a fine grit sand paper. We used garden snipes to cut the pieces to size and then pre-drilled holes to nail into with a very small drill bit. We also got small nails that were already painted white for extremely easy install. No painting needed! All in all, the project took about an hour and $20. Amazing.

It looks so much better too. The material we put up just kind of blends into the molding that was already there. See? You also have to notice my hard working mom. Thanks Mom!

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