So televisions are mounted to the wall in most houses it seems. At least that’s what I’m taking away from House Hunters and other home renovation shows. And when there is a renovation, or if you have a newer home, it seems like outlets are put in strategic locations where the television might go. Well, we have an older home. My grandparents had it built in 1958, and until we started updating the house 5 years ago, it didn’t even have grounded wiring. The black television wires in my bedroom where just a bit of a visual nuisance to me, so I needed to come up with a way how to hide television cords on the wall from my line of sight. It took a few attempts to make it work, but I’m very pleased with the final results!
So I love my bedroom– it’s the perfect color, and it’s very relaxing. I can’t remember what the name of the paint is, but it’s a warm willow-green color with a darker accent wall. I watch a lot of television with my Littles during our snuggle time, and my own television favorites in my room. The television cords were grouped together with matching black zip ties, but they were still pretty visible.
I found a length of wide green satin ribbon that was a good match for the wall coloring, and decided to use it to wrap the black cords to help them blend into the wall. However, I learned that using the right adhesive is really critical for this project to work.
Materials Needed For Hidden Cord Tutorial
- Length of ribbon in desired color (I used about 1 Yard, but it will depend on the width and length of cord that you need to cover)
- Fabric Fuse Glue (affiliate link)
- Clip or clamp
I first did this project with a SuperTape by Therm O Web, and the stick didn’t last. The ribbon fell off about 5 days after completing the project. I had never not had success with the product so I was a bit surprised. When I talked to the Therm O Web representatives at SNAP! Conference, they mentioned that SuperTape wouldn’t be effective for the Satin Ribbon to Satin Ribbon adhesion, and suggested that I try Fabric Fuse.
I did start wrapping with a tiny piece of the SuperTape, but then immediately applied a code of the Fabric Fuse to the bottom side of the ribbon, and wrapped it slowly around itself in a diagonal/angled pattern.
The glue dries clear, and wasn’t significantly visible when it was dry.
When I reached the top of the cord and the end of the ribbon, I placed a small dot of glee on it, and clamped it down with a basic refrigerator clip.
When I was done, the ribbon nearly matched the wall, and isn’t going anywhere. I’ve been watching it for several weeks to see if it would fall before sharing my success.
This does highlight to me the importance in selecting the right materials and adhesive when trying to determine how to hide television cords on the wall. If you used a material other than ribbon, a different adhesive might work.
Read the instructions and directions on your selected adhesive, and make sure that it matches the materials you are using!