5 Creative Ways To Hide Or Make Use Of Excess Electrical Cords

Electrical cords just lying around can be a huge eyesore, but they don't have to be. Here are a few ideas that you can implement to either hide the cords or make good, decorative use of your wires.

1. Hide the Cords in Trim Work.

If you have your flat-screen television placed above your fireplace, you probably have cords going a little bit each way. These aren't pretty and can often take away from the aesthetics of the rest of the room. To hide those unsightly cords, consider building onto the existing fireplace and mantel. This post shows how some added trim work can create a gorgeous backdrop for the flat-screen TV while also hiding the electrical cords.

2. Use Those Cords to Create a City Skyline.

One of the most gorgeous things in the world is seeing the skyline of a big city. Even if you don't live in the city or don't want to opt for a framed piece of art on the wall, you can still have this in your home. You'll need to use your imagination a bit or get a picture of your favorite skyline, such as Chicago or New York City. Although it looks great on a white industrial wall, it could look fantastic on any colored wall and in any room. To do this, though, you'll need to make sure that you have an extra-long cord and a decent-sized wall.

3. Write a Message with Your Cords.

While the skyline is pretty impressive, you don't have to go all out in order to create a good look in the home with your cords. In fact, you can use the wires to simply write a message, such as "I love you," or a word, such as laugh or hey. It can help add a personal feel to the space while making perfect use of the once-unsightly cords.

4. Create an Electronic Vine.

If you haven't been impressed so far, this one will probably get your mind kicking a bit. You can use stickers or clip-on decals to turn your electronic cords into leafy vines. The clip-ons, which can be found in bird and leaf shapes, help the cord stay in place while adding a decorative feel. You could even get leaf and petal/flower stickers to create a flower out of the cord.

5. Create a Line for Photos or Birds.

Another option is to use the cord straight across the wall or in unique shapes and then "hang" photos on them. You can use clothespins to attach the pictures to the cord to create a unique look. If you don't want to hang photos, you could consider getting some bird stickers or decals and placing them so that it looks as if they are sitting on the "wire."

With a little bit of imagination, you can come up with a ton of ideas to make use of that excess cord without it looking silly or making the space appear ugly. If you need help hooking up your lights, lamps, or other electrical items, you'll want to speak to an electrician.