If You Can't Beat 'Em, Embrace 'Em: How to Decorate Unsightly Cables and Wires

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Embrace 'Em: How to Decorate Unsightly Cables and Wires

Ah...the wireless era! We're almost there, really, but it's taking too long. Why does the back of my desk have to look like an initiation test for a bomb squad?

Is this a gender issue? I mean, do guys find this photo appealing? Even Attractive? (Ed. - absolutely not.

Why did a box filled with electrical cords in our recent garage sale yielded the highest profit in the shortest amount of time? And why is it that only a some weird looking guys even looked at it in the first place?

Am I asking too many questions? Really? Well, here's one answer: "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!"

created at: 11/02/2011

Several weeks ago I moved to a house with really high ceilings, where all the lighting fixtures are attached to the walls. Since I brought a chandelier with me and wanted to hang it above the dinning  table, I needed to find a way to handle this issue. So, along came my very handy father and stretched an industrial cord between two walls and up went the chandelier.

But as much as I love the industrial look, especially when combined with a traditional item like a chandelier, I absolutely abhorred the ugly cord that accompanied it.

Off to the store I went, and $3.00 and an hour later, I had an industrial, traditional, modern light fixture in my new home.

created at: 11/02/2011

created at: 11/02/2011

created at: 11/02/2011

Here's what you'll need to get the look:

  • a lamp
  • a steel cord with two strong hooks
  • transparent electrical cord
  • semi flexible electrical cord (any brass or copper cord will do)
  • masking tape. 

After careful measuring stretch the cord between two walls, slide in the lamp and close tight. Wrap the electrical cord with the masking tape and carefully wire to the wall. (I let my father do that part...). Shape a word from the semi flexible cord and wrap it with masking tape. Tape it to the steel cord and turn on the light....


created at: 11/02/2011

Miki Steiner is a DIYer and designer who believes that creativity, rather than a big budget, is the key to making a beautiful home. See more of her projects at Miki's Design.

created at: 11/04/2011

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Roy Kane on Aug 06, 2012:

We are also in the same business and our firm Lecoplastics Inc carries a full line of Cable Ties, Plastic Handles and more. We are able to build from scratch custom electro-mechanical, pneumatic production equipment as well as modified stock packaging equipment to automatically insert our products.

Andrew Jackson on Aug 03, 2012:

I found a pretty cool way to treat the cords is to use colored cable ties. They are colorful but my system actually seperates the wires by type. Example: speaker wires are bunched together with red ties, by grouping individual groups of wires seperately and then later combining, into one master group of wires, this makes is simpler to get at wires if you take it all apart. I get my colored ties at buycableties.com

Amy Nelco on Dec 09, 2011:

One way to organize and keep wires and cables neat is to use decorative cable ties. The best cable ties are industrial strength plastic and are American made. The ones that come from China and parts east can be really cheesy. I get mine at Cabletiesplus.com.

miki40 on Nov 23, 2011:

Thanks Medora! I bought the chandelier on line a while back from this site


medora on Nov 22, 2011:

great idea for hiding cords, but i am also loving your chandelier!  wherever did you find it?!?

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