Installing a TV on a wall is difficult as you need to make sure that the TV is secure so it will not fall and become damaged, especially when it is over a fireplace.
A professional can help you install the TV, or you can install the TV yourself. Once it has been installed, you may notice that there are wires over your brick fireplace.
The wires can be very distracting over the fireplace and can make it look messy, so hiding them is important for making your TV and brick fireplace look high quality.
Hiding the wires can be tricky as you do not want to draw more attention to them, but what is the best way to hide them?
This article will show you how to hide TV wires over a brick fireplace to make sure that the wires are safe and not distracting. You can find out how to hide them below!
How To Hide TV Wires Over A Brick Fireplace
The best way to hide TV wires over a brick fireplace (see also ‘How To Clean A Brick Fireplace‘) is to use a cable management kit. They can be found at hardware stores and can easily help you to hide the wires.
You can consult a professional, but you can also hide the wires yourself using the steps below.
What Is A Cable Management Kit?
A cable management kit contains the covers that you need to cover your cables to stop the wires from your TV hanging over your fireplace.
If the wires are left to hang down, they could become damaged as children or adults could accidentally pull them, which could damage your TV.
Cable management kits are available at hardware stores and contain covers like raceways. They help to keep your wires out of the way, which keeps your TV safe.
You can discuss what covers would be best for your wall with a professional at the hardware store to ensure that they work for you.
To begin the process, you will need to make sure that you have a cable management kit, a tape measure, paint, a paintbrush, a level, paper, a pencil, and a hacksaw.
You must have all of these tools to help you during this job as they will allow you to complete it to a high standard.
Find out more below!
Mark Out The Neatest Way
When you have your cable management kit and you receive the raceways that will help to hide the TV wires, you will need to mark out the neatest way to place them.
Use a pencil to mark lines between the connecting points, and use a level to make sure that the lines are perfectly straight.
If the lines are even slightly off, it will be very noticeable. For this reason, you should carefully draw the lines and make sure that they are as straight as possible.
Write Down The Measurements
Once you have drawn lines between the connecting points, measure them with a tape measure and write them down.
You need to make sure that you write down the measurements on paper so you don’t forget them. The wrong measurements will make the job longer and it will not look well done.
Cut The Raceways
You must have the right measurements as they will be what you are using to cut the raceways. Using the hacksaw, make sure that they are cut to the right size to cover the cables entirely as it will look messy if they are too long or too short.
Once the raceways have been cut to the right size, stick them to the wall over the lines that you have marked out on the wall.
After they have been stuck down, you can then thread the wires through the raceway to keep them firmly in place and out of the way. It is important to make sure that the cables are not too tight as this could affect the way that they work.
Once you are happy with the positioning of the raceways and they are secure on the wall, you can then paint them!
You should only paint the raceways if they do not match your wall. Painting them the same color as your wall allows them to blend in and they cannot be seen.
This is easy if your wall is one color as you can use the same paint to cover the raceways and make them invisible. However, if your raceways will be over two different color walls, make sure that you get paints to match each of the walls.
You can then paint the sections of the raceways in the right color to match the wall that they are stuck on.
How Long Does The Process Take?
It shouldn’t take longer than half a day to hide the TV wires using a cable management kit. Some people find it easy to do if they have done it before, but others can take longer.
If you are unfamiliar with using a cable management kit, you can consult a professional for advice to help speed up the process.
Do You Have To Paint Raceways?
You do not have to paint raceways if you do not want to. Some people are happy keeping the original color of the raceways on display, especially if they match their walls, but other people don’t mind leaving them as they are.
It is important that you are happy with how the wires are hidden above your fireplace.
To conclude, it is easy to hide TV wires over a brick fireplace, but it can take people longer if they are unfamiliar with using a cable management kit.
Using the kit is easy, but you need to make sure that you take your measurements correctly. Without the correct measurements, the raceways will be too short or too long.
It is also important to make sure that the raceways are secured in a straight line. It will be obvious if they are slanted, which will not look attractive in the room.