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The ability to have surround sound audio and visual equipment at home is an exciting possibility in every way except for one. A job of this magnitude requires using many wires, which can a tripping hazard as well as unattractive. Knowing what to do with the wires can be tough, especially when you live in a rental unit or have limited time and resources.

Here are some tips than can help:

  • Use adhesive back taped wire when installing the speakers. These wires give you the ability to peel off the adhesive backing, stick them to the wall, spackle over them, and then paint them the same color as the rest of the room. No one will know the wires are there since they blend in seamlessly.
  • Use a monster cable or flat wire. These speaker wires are extremely thin, which makes it easy to conceal them between base or floor boards. You also have the option of painting over the jacket to disguise the wires even better.
  • A cable organizer allows you to bundle all of your speaker wires together and place them inside of the unit. It is angled to fit unobtrusively in a corner. You may still see it occasionally but at least the wires are out of the way.
  • A cord organizer runs up the wall and also gives you the option of painting over it. If you have many wires, you could place one in all four corners of the room.
  • Crown molding is the most aesthetically pleasing of these options but also the most expensive. Most people choose to hire a professional to measure, cut, and place several pieces of foam molding in the same décor as the rest of the room.

You don't have to settle for looking at ugly wires or tripping over them every day when you use one of these options to disguise them. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of your home theater system.