How to Hide Cables on Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors. 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. Set a square of linoleum or scrap of industrial carpet in front most homeowners, and watch their eyes glaze over. But bring a board of Patagonian Rosewood into sight, and you'll see their smiles reflected in its glossy finish. Design-wise, hardwood floors are the pinnacle of warmth, beauty, and character. So why ruin the view with straggly cables and solid-color cord covers?
Here are a few décor-friendly tricks for hiding cables in plain sight on hardwood or laminate floors:
ChordSavers™ Floor Cord Covers: These tough cord covers may be made of PVC, but all that meets the eye is floor-matching wood grain. Unlike the flexible plastic cord protectors that you're trying to avoid, ChordSavers™ are rigid, grip the floor without adhesives, and are, well... attractive. Using a ChordSaver™ 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. ChordSavers™ are available in pre-fab Light Oak, Dark Oak and Cherry finishes, but if your wood flooring has an uncommon finish that demands 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 admire the way the cord cover disappears into your floor.
The Cable Shield: Similar to the ChordSaver™, the Cable Shield is also a two-piece, rigid PVC cord cover, except that in addition to a maple-like wood grain finish, it's also available in an attractive terracotta color, which is a close match to the floor tiles found in many Spanish and Mediterranean-style homes. The underside of the Cable Shield 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, the Cable Shield is also available in 5 widths to accommodate different amounts of cables.
Self-Adhesive Woodgrain Con-Tact® Paper: No, we're not suggesting that you wrap your cords in Con-Tact® paper so that they blend in with your floor. But have you ever thought of camouflaging your existing cord covers? Cherry-grain Con-Tact® paper is an easy, effective, and extremely budget-friendly way to transform plastic cord covers from drably distracting to aesthetically harmonious. And applying it is so easy that it's barely even a project. Just cut the Con-Tact® 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.
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