Stylish and creative ways to hide your wires

There are lots of unsightly items in the home which you might want to cover up, and wires are just one of these. Whether they’re from extension cables, chargers, phone and internet cables or alarms and security, they get in a tangle and look unpleasant.

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Over the last decade, the problem has only got worse given the number of devices we have which need charging. In fact, according to The Guardian, the average home now has more than seven web enabled devices, all of which need charging.

Wiring in the home falls into two main categories, mains wiring such as plug sockets and light fittings, and portable wiring and extensions. Let’s take a look at some clever ways to hide both types.

Mains wiring

While a traditional, plaster ceiling rose might be more commonly associated with the Victorian or Edwardian periods, ceiling roses are still a great way to cover unsightly wires and holes in the ceiling when you change light fittings. They’re now available in a wide range of colours and sizes, from metallics to patterned and coloured and single or double outlet. Companies like stock a wide range at competitive prices.

Trunking is another way of covering up unsightly cables that might need to be run up your walls or along skirting boards. Again, there are lots of options for homeowners to choose from.

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Portable wiring

When it come to hiding your portable wiring, the options are endless. From homemade to high end, there’s a style to suit every home and budget. A wicker basket can conveniently hide excess wires by simply bundling them inside and using a cable tie, and there are also plenty of coiled tubes on the market to manage your messy cables. If you can’t avoid having wires trailing across the floor, try dressing them up with jute or braid to make a feature out of them.

If it’s a homemade solution you’re looking for, try dressing up some toilet roll tubes and folding excess wires inside. Alternately, take an old shoe box, cover it in a suitable wrapping paper and cut some holes in the side, pop a multiway gang or usb charger inside and keep the excess wire tidily tucked away.

There are plenty of creative ways to hide your cables, all you need is a little imagination.

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