How can you hide your extension cords?
Don’t tell me, let me guess. You have extension cords everywhere; to lamps, the TV, the computer, the
stereo... relax; there are ways to make sense of all that electrical spaghetti.
The do it yourselfer’s cord hider
Okay Mr. Fix-it, here’s a few things that you’re going to need. 1) Corduct; 2) cover kit; 3) colored
extension cord; and 4) cable capture. Most hardware stores can help you out with all of these. What I
am going to delve into next are literally your four options. You can choose which method suits the room
and your needs.
Exploring your options
Option number one directs you to use a cover kit to cover up your extension cords. There are several
manufacturers of these and most are made of plastic with adhesive on the underside. It is advisable that
you mount the cord hider first, on a flat surface, and then thread your cords through it and seal it. If you
wish, they can be covered with matching paint to either camouflage or color coordinate.
Option number two involves the cable capture that you have purchased. All of that unused extension
cord is going to get rolled up into this awesome device allowing you to hide all of it with the plastic
cover. You can either hang these or set them down on a flat area; whichever you choose. This works
nicely for workshops, garages and basements.
Option number three has you using the previously purchased corduct. You’ll be running your wires over
the floor with a long strip of plastic covering them. By placing the cords inside the plastic strip, you can
then adhere the corduct to the floor with tape or some other method. No longer do you have cords
strewn about the floor over which you and anyone visiting might trip over.
Your fourth option, which is not as attractive or even as efficient, utilizes extension cords of different
colors. The extension for your Christmas tree for instance, could be green in color. If you have brown or
tan carpeting, a brown extension cord would do. In a white bathroom, a white extension cord may serve
your purpose. Any stores that sell custom cords, extension cords, work lights and plugs, and solar cable
will carry the things you need for any one of these four options.
Just a word to the wise
The easiest and best method of hiding cords is to obviously, use as few of them as possible. The
extension cords which are ‘multi-outlet’ will more likely than not serve you best by having outlets along
the cord as opposed to all of the outlets being at the end. You can run this along the bottom of the wall
and still plug in any number of contraptions into different locations. And a quick word of common sense,
hiding extension cords behind or underneath materials which are combustible creates one heck of a fire
hazard. For just that reason alone, you should also never stash your electrical cords behind a wall. What
you can’t see, can hurt you!