Welcome to our series of guest blogs from the team at SANUS in which the company identifies common homeowner design problems and offers solutions. Here, SANUS’s Lauren Theobald takes a look at one issue we can all identify with–hiding messy wires. (After you read it, we recommend you check out SANUS’s mountfinder for mounts compatible with your own TV.) Here’s what Theobald recommends to get rid of one of the biggest problems with wall-mounting a TV
Biggest problem with mounting a TV? What do I do with those nasty cables?
You can simply secure a flat-panel TV to the wall and be done with it, but we’re getting more sophisticated and with that we’re starting to demand a better look to our media arrangement. Custom installers can give us that professional, clean look with a mounted TV, but what if you’re trying to do it yourself?
Cables are a necessary evil for obvious reasons–power, audio, and video signals. So we definitely can’t go without the cable – not yet anyway. I dream of a future with a totally wireless media system. How simple and clean would that look, right? But in the meantime we have to get that HDMI to stay hidden (along with the Blu-ray cord, power, cable wire, Wii, Xbox, Roku, soundbar and everything else we have plugged in) because wires aren’t going away anytime soon.
My biggest pet peeve? Seeing a screen mounted on a perfect wall with all the wires hanging in a tangled mess. The whole point of mounting the TV is to have your TV look like piece of art on the wall!
For the easiest possible way to hide your wires, you can use an on-wall cable management system or a conduit beneath the TV wall mount to hide the cables. This is great because you aren’t cutting any holes in your walls, you don’t have to work with wiring and it’s extremely inexpensive. There are lots of different kinds – some are sleeker than others, but in most cases you can paint it to match the color of the wall making them even more camouflage. You can even cut some of them to size (if they are plastic). These systems offer flexibility if you swap out components or in case you need to change connections on your TV regularly.
The best way to get a completely finished look is to have the mount professionally installed and the cables hidden in the wall. This does require some cutting into the wall, but it doesn’t always require a pro. Running the wires through the walls could be as simple as feeding the wires up to the attic (or down to the basement) and then back up again near power and sources. Or, there are some in-wall cable-management systems out there that simplify installation to get the cables discretely routed inside the wall without the need for an electrician. For those of us who are intimidated by DIY manual labor – some of the in-wall management options come with a template to tell you exactly where to make the cuts. Very cool.
Today there are so many amazing options for media rooms (fancy Smart TVs, fantastic sound quality, trend-driven media furniture) but the TV is still the focal point. With TVs getting lighter and thinner, we are going to be able to do so much more in the way we mount them, but it will still be awhile before we can get rid of our cables. So until then – find a way to hide them. The options are relatively inexpensive and provide a sleek, clean look. Whatever you do, make sure that mounts are selected properly, and cables are run neatly.
—by Lauren Theobald, SANUS – a division of Milestone AV Technologies
Lauren heads up the communications department at SANUS, home of the #1-selling brand of TV Mounts in the U.S. She is a multi-faceted marketer with traditional and non-traditional multi-channel marketing experience in the Consumer Electronics industry. Her passion is to communicate the brand and the product in a savvy, creative way through strategic digital marketing initiatives. Lauren is passionate about design and home décor, and aligning products to fit within that space to make it function better, safely, and more beautifully.