4 Fast, Easy, and Affordable Ways to Hide and Protect Speaker Wire

Keep Your Walls and Floors From Looking Like a Roadmap

BY: Shane Weaver

4 Fast, Easy, and Affordable Ways to Hide and Protect Speaker Wire

Keep Your Walls and Floors From Looking Like a Roadmap

BY: Shane Weaver

home theater with hidden speaker wires

 

Some people like listening to music. Other people need to feel like they're right in the studio, able to tell exactly where Paul McCartney was sitting when he cursed after playing the wrong note on his piano in "Hey Jude" (look it up). Some people like to watch movies from the comfort of their couch. Others like to convert their living room into a movie theater, so every BRAAAAAHM on that Hans Zimmer soundtrack is just earth-shattering. Whether you're on the casual end or obsessed with the highest quality sound attainable, one thing is the same: we've all got speakers around the house. And while those speakers may deliver the audio quality we crave, they all come with one major drawback – speaker wires. Jeez, like, so many wires. If you’re sick of your walls looking like the thornbush-enveloped castle from Sleeping Beauty (only, you know, with wires), CableOrganizer.com has the products and know-how you need to hide speaker wire like a pro. A pro speaker wire hider. Hey, they have pro hot dog eaters, why can't they have pro speaker wire hiders? It might be a thing. And if it's not, it should be. In any event, below you’ll find a few of our favorite options, with explanations about each to help you decide which one will work best for you.

computer and lamp connected to an outlet on surface raceway

Surface Raceway

If you held a gun to our head and asked us to name the most straightforward and versatile product for hiding speaker wires, we'd probably ask you why you were holding us at gunpoint. But after that, our answer would unquestionably be the tried and true Surface Raceway. Essentially décor-friendly cable conduits that can open and close lengthwise to allow you to cram all sorts of cables inside, Surface Raceways range in material from aluminum to PVC plastic, but they all have the same basic traits in common:

  • They're installed directly onto surfaces, walls, ceilings, floors, desks, counters, etc
  • They route wires and cables to keep them untangles, protected and (best of all) out of sight

When it comes to concealing speaker wires around the house, your best option is to use PVC (plastic) Raceway, which has the benefits of being lightweight, non-conductive (to cut down on electrical hazards), flame-resistant, and easily paintable with latex-based paint (to seamlessly blend in with its surroundings).

You don't even need to drill holes or hammer any anchors or anything to install it, so hiding speaker wires in Surface Raceway is an easy project for any do-it-yourselfer. PVC raceways can be cut to exactly the size you need with a utility knife, hacksaw, chainsaw, laser or whatever you want (it's really up to you, but we recommend either of the first two) and most come with pre-applied adhesive tape for fast, no-mess, non-invasive installation. Just peel off the adhesive seal and slap that puppy on your wall! I mean, you'll probably want to measure it out and mark where you want to place it first, but after that, it's as simple as peel and press. Equipped with latching or sliding covers, Surface Raceway allows you to have easy and unlimited access to your speaker wires as needed.

Check out a few of our favorite raceways for clean and professional-looking speaker wire management:

man installing a ceiling corner duct

Corner Duct

Whether you need to route speaker wires from ceiling to floor, or along a wall/ceiling joint, Corner Duct is the ideal speaker wire camouflage for audio setups that require you to run cables in corners. You can think of Corner Duct as surface raceway that’s built at a 90° angle. Or, if you're cool like me, you can think of it as the Predator of cable-hiding, making your cables invisible while they hunt whatever the electronic equivalent of Arnold Schwarzenegger might be. This specialized PVC wire management system has a wedge-shaped channel that fits perfectly into corner angles, and is topped off with a sliding cover that makes it easy to install and update cables anytime you need to

As is the case with many surface raceways, Corner Duct is flame resistant, and can be matched to your color-scheme with just a simple coat of latex paint. And thanks to its unique shape, plastic Corner Duct can even double as crown moulding if installed along a ceiling, only instead of just lazily taking up space, Corner Ducts actually do something. Yeah, take that, crown moulding. Start pulling your weight, already.

cord and wire channels

Cord and Wire Channels

Cord Channels and Wire Channels are kind of like Surface Raceways, by which I mean, they're almost exactly like Surface Raceways. Like Raceways and Corner Ducts, they're constructed of flame-resistant, paintable extruded PVC, and they’re fully backed with adhesive tape for easy installation. So what's the difference? Well, where Surface Raceways feature unlatching or sliding covers to add or remove wires, each Wire Channel and Cord Channel is equipped with a narrow wire slot, which allows wires to be added or removed one by one, as opposed to opening and closing long lengths of conduit. It may sound like a lazy man's problem, but the longer the distance that your hidden cables need to travel, the more difficult or annoying it might become to snap shut your length of Surface Raceway. In that case, you might want to go with channels over longer distances.

transparent and rubber cord covers

Cord Covers

If you're cool enough to be throwing a shindig that will be attended by more than just you and your pet guinea pig, then you'll want to take steps to ensure that those who show up will come back for future get-togethers. So when parties or other special events have you rearranging your audio system and trailing cables all over the floor, you'll have to handle that. You can't just have your cables and wires laying where anyone could theoretically (and definitely will) trip over them. But it's not enough to just slap duct tape down over them and hope for the best. Light capacity cord covers are a reliable way to prevent trip hazards both indoors and outside, and they're much more stylish than duct tape. But which to choose? Not to worry, we've got you covered (Ha! Ehhhhhh...) with a few of our low-profile favorites:

  • SafCord Cord Cover: When it comes to covering indoor, cross-carpet speaker wire runs, you really can't beat the SafCord, a rugged Cordura™ nylon cover that firmly affixes speaker wires and other cables to your carpet while keeping them hidden from view. SafCord fastens to commercial, loop and Berber carpets via its hook-and-loop edging, so it leaves no messy adhesive residue, and can be reused and repositioned as often as needed. It cuts to size with scissors, lies completely flat, and is so flexible that it can even be routed up stairs.
  • Transparent Cord Protector: Equally at home on hard flooring or carpet, the transparent cord protector never has trouble blending in with its surroundings. Because it's transparent! So if you want, you can think of it as the Predator of…wait, I already used that line. Just think of it as the jellyfish of the cable covering world, only it won't sting you. So okay, that's a bad analogy...it's like a cable covering chameleon, how's that? Or one of those gross tree frogs where you can see all their internal organs. Wait…just forget it. It's clear, okay? To use it, Just slit the bottom with a utility knife, insert wires and cables, and secure it to flooring with double-sided tape. And it stores easily, too: when the party is over, just pull up the cord protector, remove the cords, and roll the cover up until it’s needed again. Which hopefully it will be, now that you're the guy whose parties have the awesome sound system and the fewest trip hazards around. Nice going, you!

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transparent and rubber cord covers

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  • Rubber Ducts: If you’re going to be moving the music outside, extra-rugged Rubber Ducts are the perfect way to keep speaker wires and power cords neatly covered instead of snaking randomly through your yard, over your patio, or across a walkway. The last thing you want is some well-intentioned party goer taking a rake to the nearest cable after mistaking it for a slithery serpent. Available in 5', 10' and 12' lengths, these flexible rubber covers offer wires and cables a high degree of protection against pedestrian traffic (and rakes) and at the same time prevent people from getting tangled in – and tripping over – outdoor cords.

So there you have it. Now your floors can be used for walking upon, as God intended, and your walls can be used for displaying family photos or tasteful artwork. Unless your idea of tasteful artwork is a tangled mess of cables, which I guess could be some kind of post modern avant garde installation. But odds are, most people will just see it as messy. Do you really want to take that chance?

 

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