TV wires are the WORST especially if your television hangs on the wall. Here’s how to hide TV cords in minutes.

How to hide unsightly cords behind a wall-mounted TV with this easy step-by-step tutorial. Learn how to hide TV cords.

How To Hide TV Cords

Remember when I showed you this space?

I got so many questions asking me what the other side of the room looks like.


I couldn’t.

I just couldn’t.

I only showed you the cute side because the other side? Well. Umm. Well. It looked like this.

To make the room even cozier, we put a television on the wall and then this mess ensued. The Apple TV just sat there because it didn’t have a home and then there were all those TV wires.

All that coziness on the other side of the room.

And this side was nothing but a hot wire mess.

No worries now.

I fixed it.

I found the perfect solution to hide the television wires AND the Apple TV and then I sent it out in Thistlekeeping with the wrong link. To to make amends? I’m showing you the process that we used to hide the wires.

And it went like this.

Here’s how to hide TV cords.

(total aside: I filmed the cutest video of this over on Instagram if you want Reader’s Digest version. You can see it here.)

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How To Hide TV Cords

1. What else is there besides cords?

There were two challenges that we had to address.

We have Apple TV for all our televisions and WE LOVE IT.

We cut the cable several years ago (that’s an entirely different discussion) and we’ve never looked back.

The only challenge of having an Apple TV is that you have to have a place to put it.

And then?

How To Hide TV Cords extra wires

2. How many wires are there?

There were the wires.


Here’s all the wires that we had to deal with:

  • There’s a wire coming out of the television to the plug
  • And a wire coming out of the Apple TV to the plug
  • And another wire connecting the Apple TV to the television
How To Hide TV Cords bracket

3. Find a solution for your streaming service

First, I found this solution for the Apple TV.

I bought this off Amazon and you can screw it into the wall or just peel off the backing and attach it to the wall that way.

Which one do you think I chose? ๐Ÿ™‚

How To Hide TV Cords Apple TV

5. Attach the bracket to the wall

Here’s what the bracket looks like attached to the wall.

And here’s how the Apple TV looks installed.

(total aside: If you have Roku or other devices—they have similar brackets to this on Amazon, too.)

You can place it anywhere, but we added it right below the back of the swing arm for the television.

6. How to hide TV cords

Then we used a zip tie to corral the wire from the Apple TV to the television.

That handled one of the wires and got the Apple TV out of the way.

But what about the other wires?

7. How to hide the rest of the TV wires

I found another solution.

(total aside: I always have lipstick on when I’m doing home improvement projects.)

It’s this long tube that holds the wires.

It comes in tons of different sizes and heights. I bought the 48″ larger tube because I knew I needed to hold two wires.

Here’s the back of the tube.

It has a sticky piece that you pull off and then you just attach it to the wall where you want to hide the wires.

Note: make sure you know exactly where you want it to go because it is STICKY.

Here’s how the tube opens.

You just add the wires inside the tube and snap it closed.

(total aside: I have the BEST manicure tip to share with you that makes your manicure last all week.)

(total aside #2: Don’t you love how my nail polish coordinates with the project. Totally unintentional and amazing all at the same time.)

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Here’s what the tube looks like on the wall.

I also found a paintable option that I have linked that would work if you don’t have white walls.

And now?

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In five minutes the space went from this.

how to hide TV cords with chair



We could have drilled holes in the wall to make it even cleaner, but I’m always worried I’m going to change the location of the television and then I’m left with giant holes in this original ship lap that I can’t ever repair.

This is such an EASY and simple option.

And next time I photograph this space?

This side will be front and center. ๐Ÿ™‚

PS Here are a few other options I found for organizing your wires over on Amazon.


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  1. Image for Kris Kris

    Oh my goodness. I laughed out loud at your coordinating nail polish comment. You are adorable and I love it that you are barefoot. In the winter I'm in stocking feet .... in the summer, I'm barefoot. My little tootsies don't like to be constrained. Ha. Anyway, I love this cord solution. I'm considering getting Roku. We aren't big tv watchers (PBS nerds, which we already get) but it might be nice to have a few more viewing options. It's nice to know you have already done the problem-solving for me!

  2. Image for Carrie Carrie

    You are looking good!!! In fact, if you have any corners or walls that you donโ€™t like, just stand in front of them, because YOU ARE AMAZING! Love the tips- truly only a matter of time until some genius figured out a way to cover those wires and I thank you for sharing :)

  3. Image for Cheryl W Cheryl W

    Thank you for keeping it real! These photos of non perfect spaces are just as important as the ones that are perfectly styled, and it's much easier for some of us to relate. What a great solution to a cord problem.

  4. Image for Pamela Griner Pamela Griner

    Great info. I love your posts. My life is a bit complicated (my sweet mom lives with me and is in the last stages of Alzheimer's). Between my job (I manage an art gallery/art classes.. and I teach there), managing mom's care, and still intent in living my best life...I don't always have time to comment. But I still decorate...redecorate...rearrange...and organize. Lol. Thanks for posting so many wonderful tips and ideas. You are a bright spot in my days!!!

  5. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Never mind those cords... you look radiant!! So glad to see you in front of the camera - you're definitely inspiring!! Love your home and your stories xo

  6. Image for LORRI LORRI

    You know Karianne, I knew you would figure out this decorating faux pas. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Smart, cute and very funny. I always love the humor inyour stories. Have an amazing day.๐Ÿ˜

  7. Image for Jeannette Jeannette

    Well donโ€™t you look amazing! Extra points for the mani too ๐Ÿ˜†. Weโ€™ve been using those wire cover things for years. We usually paint them the color of the wall. My first thought when I saw yours was that I would be getting out my black Sharpie and drawing the little lines to match up the shiplap lines - does that make sense? ๐Ÿคฃ. Always love reading your posts. You are so adorable and entertaining. Thanks for the posts.

  8. Image for patricia patricia

    I did the same thing! For the same reason. In my case, I only had one cord (because a short, mostly hidden cord ran from the side to the top of the armoire) so I was able to use a smaller cord cover I got from Lowes. It's a snap to install. Cutting it took the most time because I had to use kitchen scissors instead of a saw or utility knife. My walls are off white so I bought the ivory cover intending to paint but to my surprise it was a perfect match! My TV used to be precariously perched on top of a bookcase. We moved it and wall mounted the TV. I've added a few black framed portraits and now it looks like a part of a gallery wall and so much more intentional. Color us both pretty darn happy!

  9. Image for Terri Herman Terri Herman

    Oh I love you are not hiding behind chairs anymore! But glad you are hiding those wires! Congrats on your personal transformation! You look fabulous!

  10. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    Thanks for sharing. Have that very problem in our bedroom. Perfect solution. AND you look marvelous-I did note the coordinating nail polish :)


    Love your post on how to hide of my pet hates! So I shall use your tips when I move home...I shall be downsizing soon so I will find lots of your ideas helpful. I have been looking for the blue and white stripe fabrics you have in your house, can you tell me if I can buy these in England, and also the chairs in the blue and white please, kindest regards, jayne

  12. Image for Lyn Lyn

    Oh, I despise cords!! This looks great! You look great also - wow. My favorite soft, light blue jeans got ruined this week - I painted the ceiling and walls going down to our basement and I was in such a hurry I forgot to change into my old work pants and spilled a ton of white paint down the front of me - top to bottom, and ruined everything! I did have the stairs completely covered so no harm done there - just the paint tarp. That's my first and last time painting on stairs! I haven't told my husband what happened - and I swore my sister-in-law to secrecy - she needed a laugh! The good news is the ceiling/walls look great and all my decor items have been rehung. Thanks for the constant inspiration.

  13. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Love your nails, I am so glad you finally posted this so I would know how to hide those ugly cords. You look wonderfully happy and slim and trim.

  14. Image for Jo Jo

    Great idea, thanks for information. I too have this same problem, but with several cords/wires coming and going from my TV! Love your blog.

  15. Image for Ivory Ivory

    Wow, great timing for us, because we are about to relocate our tv to a different location in the living room. Get this, I had a hard time falling asleep last night because I was trying to figure out how to hide the cords. I even asked my hubby could he make a hole behind the tv, but in the drywall and drop the cord down to where the plug located. Then drill another hole near the plug to pull the cord out the wall? I love the way yours look. Thank you so much.

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