Take a look behind your TV, is there a mess of wires? You’re not alone. Most people have this problem, and the good news is that there are lots of solutions out there. We’ve picked the best to help you get your wires under control.
Here are a few ways you can tidy up all those messy wires.
Often the best solutions are the simplest. If you’ve got 10 black plugs in an extension lead & you don’t know which is which it can be very frustrating. Labelling them will help you figure out which one is which if you need to switch off a single piece of kit.
If you’re not sure about some of the wires then we have an article to help you identify TV-related wires.
Ok, so we’ve labelled our plugs but we haven’t tidied any cables up yet.
The first option is to tie the cables together, you can do this using cable ties or velcro tape. Cable ties tend to keep the wires together very well but can be a pain when you need to add another cable. Velcro tape is a bit more flexible but can come loose.
Once you’ve decided, you’ll need to unplug all of your cables and then group them all together. Starting at the plug end, loop a tie or tape around the wires, every six inches until they’re all secured. Then plug all the wires back in, making sure there’s some slack, if they’re too tight, there’s a risk of damaging the wires if they’re pulled.
If you find the extension lead with all of the plugs is a bit of an eyesore, then a cable management box might be the answer. The box will hide all the plugs and has gaps for all the wires.
If you have a cable that you use a lot, like a phone charging lead, fastening it to other cables might not be ideal.
Instead, try cable clips, ideally small rubber ones that keep your cables tidy when you’re not using them, but let you grab it and go when you need to.
If your computer desk is a tangle of wires, then an under-desk basket combined with cable ties or velcro tape will help you keep it tidy. Use the basket for an extension lead and plugs, then use the ties or tape to keep the wires tidy.
If your messy wires extend beyond the home, into your bag then a mobile cable tidy is the answer. They come in various sizes so you should find one to fit your bag and all your cables.
They can also be used to keep all your wires together when you're travelling. That way, you don't have to go digging around your suitcase to find the wire you need. Keeping them together like this will also stop them from getting damaged.
Heat can be a worry with electrical wires, especially power cables. Make sure there’s space around them for air to flow freely. You might want to check the wires now and again to see if they’re hot - if they are, it’s a good idea to give them more space or separate from other wires.
Children love to play with things they’re not supposed to, and wires are no exception. It’s a good idea to keep them tucked away. Make sure there’s some slack so that if a child does manage to get their hands on them, they’re less likely to cause damage. If you can, you should avoid brightly coloured wires - they can be more attractive to young children.
Another way to keep your TV and wires away from little hands is to wall mount it, take a look at our Guide to wall mounting your TV.
Pets love to chew through things - including wires, tidying them up might make them look less tasty. It’s a good idea to check your cables every now and then for signs of chewing. If you see any damage - replace it, and try to make sure your pet can’t get to it in future.
If you have any wires running across the room, it’s a good idea to fix them down so people don’t trip over them. You can use some tape, or buy a dedicated floor cable cover to protect against this.
Hopefully, that’s helped you tidy up all your messy wires. If you need help with anything else, you can contact one of our Team Knowhow experts here.