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How to Properly Store and Conceal Home Theatre Cables

conceal home theatre cablesFor those who already have a home theater system installed in their houses, the cables or wirings are one of the biggest logistical issues– cords and cables for all the different components can become tangled and messed up– sometimes making it almost impossible to alter the configuration of your system or any of its components. Almost every family does not allocate the time to fix or hide the wirings to improve the aesthetics of and ensure the safety within the home theater room. With just a few simple modifications, your home theatre cable clutter can be undoubtedly easily cleaned up and put under control.

All of the components within the home theatre system have a power cord that must find its way to a wall socket, surge defender or power strip. Just to keep the power cords neat and in place, you would need to use a label machine to identify each cord before you plug your home theater components in. This will help you every time you would need to know which plug to pull to move your speaker system or to replace your DVD player.

To clean up the knots and mess produced by the endless packing and unpacking of cables around each other, start by unplugging everything, including the home theatre wirings that connect or separate each component to or from another. Then, exactly figure out where you would want each component to go, and then set them up again and run the cables without twisting them around each other neatly. You may also need to list down reminders for where everything goes if you are not familiar with setting up the home theatre. Use twist ties or zip ties to the wirings every foot or so, especially if there is more than one cable running in the same direction just to keep them from becoming tangled or out of control. You can also do this to the power cords that lead to the same power outlet.

If in case your home theater is designed such that any of the cabling must come out from behind an entertainment cabinet or floor speakers, it is advisable that some kind of cable hider be used to ensure that these cords will not be ripped by people walking by or grabbed by children or pets. To keep all power cords hidden and safe from damage, use a cable hide designed to run along the wall and keep your cables protected and covered. These cable hiders can be great for anywhere that your cables may hang out in the open. In case you are building your home theatre from scratch, you can simply instruct the installer to build the wirings into the wall or molding of the room in much the same manner. With this you would not have to worry about tripping hazards or even if your pet comes in to play around the house as your power cables are already neatly hidden and out of the way.

Another potential problem with your home theatre would be your speakers. The ideal solution would be to run the wiring for the speakers through the walls. This will prevent them from dangling, and if you have the tools and skills, you can just run your speakers just about anywhere within the room.

With some simple alterations and appropriate storage, you can have a neat looking and, at the same time, a safe home theatre room for your family.

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Posted on June 14, 2013 by 0 Comments Short URL

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Alphonso Soosay, an accomplished musician and sound recording specialist has been in the industry for more than 30 years. In this blog Alphonso shares all his experiences and knowledge in the recording and home theatre industry. Alphonso Soosay's Blog

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