If you’ve got a lot of peripherals attached to your TV or even if you’ve just got a long power cord coming from your TV, a tangle of wires can be an eyesore and a hassle to deal with. Knowing how to organize wires behind a TV will help you keep organized, make your entertaining room more welcoming, and make it easier to deal with moves and changes to your setup. You don’t want your best-selling TV looking less than stellar because of too much clutter around it.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Shortening your cables can help reduce tangle and clutter and makes them easier to hide and organize.
  • Labelling cables will keep them organized and make it easier to change and move your setup.
  • Going wireless where you can will help you reduce your cable messes but may reduce performance for some uses.

There are a few good ways to organize your wires and cables that are easy and inexpensive or no-cost.

Organizing your Cables – Various Methods

There are several good ways to organize your cables behind your TV, whether you want to approach the problem DIY-style or spend a little money and do a little work. Also, if you are thinking of mounting a soundbar to your TV, you are probably going to end up with more wires. So, organizing your wires and cables becomes even more important.

Make Your Cables Shorter

It might be easy to overlook, but the length of your cables, be they HDMI, USB, ethernet, or anything else, can contribute a great deal to a messy, disorganized, and unappealing-looking cable tangle behind your TV, piling up on the floor and knotting around each other.

Insider Tip

A pack of 100 Velcro ties can be bought for as little as $10 online.

One super easy and cheap way to deal with this is to buy a pack of Velcro or plastic ties (Velcro is easier to adjust and remove), pick up the slack of your individual cables as you connect them, and tie them off into coils so that they’re as short as possible without the risk of disconnecting themselves. A pack of 100 Velcro ties can be bought for as little as $10 online, making this the most cost-effective way of handling your cable problem. On another note, if you have a problem with your TV remote, you can use a universal remote as long as you know how to program a remote to a TV.

Conceal and Contain

Using a cable concealer or cable management box is another good way to organize your cables, keeping them from tangling and out of the hands of kids, as well as hiding them from the site. A cable concealer is a slightly less robust option but can be found starting at $18, making them pretty economical.

A cable management system works similarly, but is a little larger, more elegant, and robust in build, but tends to run more in the $30-50 dollar range. If you’ve got a lot of cables to deal with, the latter might be the more effective choice, but if you’ve just got a couple of HDMIs and a power cable or two, the concealer is a better value.

Other Options

There are a few other ways to help you organize your cables behind your TV that may be more appropriate for some situations than others.

  • Using printable label kits to label each cable can help no matter what other option you pursue
  • Going wireless for some peripherals (Bluetooth-capable devices, for example) can free up a lot of space and reduce cable clutter, though Bluetooth streams lower quality audio and can introduce lag
  • A cable multi-hub for centralizing all your inputs and/or outputs is a good option if you’ve got a complicated setup with a large variety of cable types, but it’s far from the cheapest option
  • Any of these options alone or in combination can help solve your cable problems- you’ll have to decide what’s best for you based on budget, setup, and how much time you want to spend on it.

Insider Tip

Using a cable concealer or cable management box is another good way to organize your cables.

F.A.Q.

What can I do to make the wires behind my TV look better?

The best options for dealing with the appearance of your cables are cable concealers and cable management systems.


How do I organize all my TV cables?

Tying each cable with Velcro ties to shorten them, buying a cable concealer or cable management system, and labeling your cables can all help to organize your cables behind your TV.


What are some possible issues with tying many cables together?

There is a small chance of some overheating and “crosstalk” between signals in cables that can cause performance issues when many cables are coiled tightly and/or bunched together in enclosed spaces, but for most people, this won’t be a real issue.



STAT: The cable management system’s market size was worth over 14 billion dollars globally in 2017 (source)

Jed Smith

I'm a musician and recording engineer and live in Queens. I have a cat. Her name is Elsa. I love to write about consumer tech and musical instruments.

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