Hardwood floors. That's how you know you've made it. Having hardwood floors is like having a neon sign that says “I AM FANCY” but way less tacky and desperate. Whether we're shopping for new homes or looking to upgrade the ones we already live in, hardwood flooring is usually at the top of the desired features list. Nobody gets excited about linoleum or carpet, but bring a board of Patagonian Rosewood into view, and prepare to be blinded by the smiles reflected in its glossy finish. Design-wise, hardwood floors are the pinnacle of warmth, beauty, and character. And nothing ruins all that wonderfully woody goodness like a bunch of ugly, snaky, tangled cables. Or worse, solid plastic cord covers. You wanna keep that hardwood feel but still hide your cables in plain sight? We'll show you how!
ChordSavers™ Floor Cord Covers
These tough cable protectors may be made of PVC, but they have cleverly disguised themselves as wood grain. They are the chameleons of the cord cover world. Or the Predators, if you're a sci-fi fan. Unlike the flexible plastic cord protectors that you're trying to avoid, ChordSavers™ are rigid, grip the floor without adhesives, and are, dare we say... attractive. Is it getting a little warm in here, or is it just those fancy lookin' cord covers? Phew…Anyway, using them is easy – just separate the flat base from its arched "wood" cover, lay a few cables across it, and then snap the cover back on. They're availabe in pre-fab Light Oak, Dark Oak and Cherry finishes, but if your wood flooring has an uncommon finish that requires a more exact match, there's always the "unfinished" stainable version. With the look of natural wood, this particular ChordSaver™ readily accepts any wood stain, so just brush on a coat or two, and then gasp in amazement as the cord cover disappears into your floor.
The Cable Shield
If you're looking for a terracotta finish to match your Spanish or Mediterranean style home décor, give the Cable Shield a shot. Like the ChordSaver™ covers, the Shield is also a two-piece, rigid PVC cord cover, but it's available in five different widths, as well as the option of terracotta finish. The underside is coated with an adhesive backing, which locks the cord cover into place on any smooth floor. Able to withstand up to 661 pounds of pressure from foot traffic or heavy furniture, a good size Grizzly Bear could sit on your Shield with no problem. Well, there's certain to be problems if a Grizzly is in your house, but broken Cable Shields won't be one of them!
Self-Adhesive Woodgrain Contact Paper
No, we're not suggesting that you wrap your cords in Contact paper so that they blend in with your floor. But have you ever thought of camouflaging your existing cord covers? Cherry-grain Contact paper is an easy, effective, and extremely budget-friendly way to transform plastic cord covers if you can't spring for any of the previously discussed options. Application is super easy: just cut the Contact paper to size, peel off its backing, and then smooth it over the surface of any solid-color cord cover. It looks great, stays put, and wipes clean with nothing more than a damp cloth. So if you spent all your money on those precious hardwood floors and only have a pittance left to spend on cord concealment, consider this economical option.
Where does all the power come from that's running through all these cords you’re covering? That's complicated. But we'll scratch the surface in the next article.