Are you fed up with wires dangling down your wall from your mounted TV? Maybe you want to hide your cable box but aren’t sure how to do it? Or are you curious about mounting your cable box and want to know more? No matter the reason that brought you here today, we have the answers for you!
Figuring out how to hide a cable box can be tricky, especially if you have never done it before. You want the wires and ugly box to be hidden but can’t figure out the best approach, leaving you frustrated and unsure of what your next steps are.
Well, let us show you! Today we are here with five easy steps to follow to hide your cable box. Keep reading to find out how to mount and hide your cable box behind your mounted TV and everything else you need to know.
Can I Mount A Cable Box Behind My TV?
Let’s dive straight into today’s article! A popular place to hide your cable box is behind your mounted TV. But can you do it? Well, there are two things you need to consider when hiding your cable box behind your TV.
First, there needs to be a power outlet behind your mounted TV, especially if you want everything to be hidden! If you don’t have a power outlet behind your TV you can still hide almost all of your boxes and wires. You will just need an extension lead to power all of the devices.
Secondly, you will also need a cable hookup behind your TV if you want the setup to be entirely hidden. You can also power your cable wire through your extension lead, eliminating the need for multiple plugs.
If you don’t have a power outlet behind your TV, you can still mount your cable box behind your TV but you will have wires to contend with. You can enlist an electrician to run a power outlet behind your TV too, and have your cable company relocate the hookup to hide all the wires!
Now that we have established that you can hide your cable box behind your TV, let’s move on to see how to do it.
What You Need To Hide A Cable Box
You don’t need many items to hide your cable box. Check out our brief list below to see everything you need to secure your cable box to the wall behind your TV.
- Velcro ‘zip ties’
- Power strip
- Surge protector
- IR kit
- Velcro strips
How To Hide A Cable Box
Now that you have your materials, it’s time to hide the cable box! Follow our five steps below to hide your cable box with ease.
Step 1 – Place Your Boxes
If your TV will stay in one position once mounted, then you need to install your boxes before hanging the TV. If your TV is already mounted, you need to remove it from the mount before you can get started. If you have a swivel mount, you should be able to do this without needing to take your TV off the mount.
Place your boxes on the wall behind the TV, checking that you can’t see them once the TV is on the wall. Enlist a friend to help you here. It’s good to have someone that can check and confirm you can’t see the cable box when you are sitting on the sofa.
Step 2 – Place Velcro
Now you will want to secure your velcro strips into place. It is best to have two velcro strips per item you are hiding behind your TV. two strips will ensure that the box and other items are securely held in place and won’t come crashing down behind your TV!
Step 3 – Install Your Extension Lead
Next, you will need to install an extension lead behind your TV to power your cable box and other devices. Ideally, you want a velcro extension lead that can be secured to the wall behind your TV. This way, you can plug in all of your electricals without the wires hanging down the wall.
We recommend including a surge protector here too, to protect all of your devices.
Step 4 – Install Infrared Repeater
You are almost at the end! Install your infrared repeater to the back of your cable box.
Step 5 – Wrap Your Wires
To finish, wrap your wires in loops and secure them in place. Your cable box and all wires are now hidden out of sight!
And there you have it, five easy steps that will allow you to hide your cable box. By securing your cable box to the wall behind your TV, your cable box and all its wires are hidden! Don’t forget to follow our steps today and be sure to call an electrician if you do not have a power socket behind your TV.
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