You installed your TV on the wall. We love that modern look. But do you also have cords and wires staring you in the face?
Step-by-step, we show you how to hide those TV cords and wires for a cord-free wall!
Watch this short video tutorial to learn how to easily hide TV wires behind the wall. It’s not that hard, I promise!
Step-by-Step Video Tutorial
Supplies & Tools You Will Need for This Project
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- Recessed Tv Wall Box
- Recessed Cable Wall Plate
- Wall Plate Mounting Bracket
- Or a Combo Set
- Remodel Outlet Box
- Voltage Tester
- Plug/Outlet Tester
- Jab Saw
- Utility Knife
- Wire Strippers
- Long-Nose Pliers
- Insulated Screwdrivers
- Fishing Stick (rod)
Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Hide TV Cords & Wires
It’s not that hard to put those tv cords and wires behind the wall. Follow this DIY project for a neat appearance on your TV wall.
1. Turn off Power
Always begin by turning off the power to the area you’re working on. Warning: Never skip this safety step!
2. Cut a Hole for the Recessed TV Wall Box
Begin by removing your TV from the wall.
If you’re TV is not yet mounted, it’s best to first install the TV mounting bracket.
Now you can locate the best spot for your recessed box. Make sure it will be hidden behind the TV, and on the same side as your TV’s HDMI and plug connections. Remember, we’re showing you how to hide your Tv’s cables and wires.
The recessed TV wall box has two openings. One for the power cable and one for HDMI cables. The great thing is that it allows you to put your connections behind the surface of the wall.
Cut a hole in the wall for the recessed TV Box.
Tip: Be aware of where your wall studs are. This is a remodel box. You want to miss the studs in this case.
Your box may come with a template or the actual dimensions to cut for the hole. Be exact – you don’t want your hole to be too large.
I used a level and measuring tape because my box did not come with a template.
I like to use a drywall saw/jab saw to cut out the hole. This type of saw will assure that you don’t power through any plumbing that might be behind that wall.
Do a quick dry fit to ensure your hole is cut to size.
3. Feed a New Wire from an Existing Power Source
You will now be getting 120V power up to your new opening.
Warning: Make sure your power is off before you begin.
Find the nearest power source. Usually the nearest outlet is your best choice.
Verify that power is off by using a voltage tester. Simply turn on the tester and touch the wires. It will warn you with a chirp if the power is still on.
Pull the outlet out of the box. Inside the box is an extra opening for wires. Just take a screwdriver and knock it out of your way.
Using the amount of 14-2 Romex wire you’ll need, feed it from the outlet into the hole you cut for the recessed TV box.
Slide it as far as possible. If you’re on an outside wall, you might need to use a fish stix to get through the insulation.
Reach through your cut hole to grab the Romex wire.
4. Connect the New Wire to the Power Source/Outlet
Now you simply want to connect your new wire to the existing outlet.
If you’re not sure how to connect a wire to an existing outlet, please watch our video at the top of the page starting at 4:40 for instructions.
5. Cut an Opening for the HDMI Cables
For this step, you’ll need a low voltage bracket and a multimedia wall plate. There is a combo set available in a pack of two.
Cut a hole to size using any included template or the dimensions noted on the low voltage ring. Again use a level and measure accurately.
Fit the low voltage bracket over your new hole. Gently drill the screws so the wings grab the back side of the drywall.
6. Feed the HDMI Cables Between Openings
Feed your cables from your first top opening.
Grab them out of the bottom opening. To make things a bit easier, you can tape your cables together so they move as one.
7. Install the Recessed TV Box
This box has two openings. The larger opening will be for your new outlet, so put your Romex wire through that hole.
Bring your HDMI cables through the low volt opening, which is the smallest of the two.
Attach the recessed TV wall box to the wall using the screws located at each corner. I like to use a drill for the job.
Now finish it off by attaching the trim piece over the HDMI opening. Feed the cables through the center slit and simply snap it in place.
8. Install the New Outlet for the TV Box
Set an outlet box into the larger opening and screw it down at each corner.
Now you will install a plug outlet. Again, if you need help with this step, watch the video at the top of the page beginning at the 4:40 mark. You’re power should still be off at this point!
Snap the two trim pieces into place at the top and bottom of the box.
You can now turn the power back on.
Test that your new outlet by using a plug tester. If it lights up, you’re good to go.
9. Finish the Install of the Multimedia Plate
Run your HDMI cables through the multimedia plate keeping the scoop facing up. Attach with a drill.
10. Enjoy Your Cord-Free Wall
Hang your TV back on the wall.
Connect the power and HDMI cables.
Relax and enjoy your wall-mounted TV with the wires now hidden in the wall.
We hope you achieved your goal with this tutorial on how to hide your TV cords and wires.
It’s not too hard and the aesthetic result is worth the time in our opinion.
Happy watching with a cord-free wall!