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It's a familiar story. Your TV is newly mounted and all of the equipment is connected and in the right place, but what to do with all of those cables?
Even in this age, with electronics and home automation technologies becoming more and more intuitive and user-friendly, we still face the familiar problem of concealing all of those cables. But there are various practical and attractive ways of hiding your TV cables. This helps you relax and enjoy your favourite series in a tidy living room.
Check out our cable management tips below, which will hopefully point you in the right direction!
What kinds of cables are we talking about ?
Over the years, many different types of cables have been developed. At present, a number of standards apply to virtually all new equipment.
The well-known HDMI cable provides a digital audio and video connection from your equipment to your TV. Examples of equipment that connects to your TV via an HDMI cable include:
- Apple TV
- Game console (e.g. X-box or Playstation)
A UTP cable is useful for connecting your equipment to the internet. Especially if you often use streaming services. Examples include your Smart TV, Apple TV or network receiver.
In many cases, a coax cable is used to connect your TV and/or set-top box to your cable TV network.
Power cords or power cables
These are used to connect your equipment or TV to the power outlet.
1. New-build home? Tips to consider
It is very useful to have a wide cable cover placed in the wall behind where the TV will be and where your media box will be located. Nowadays, there are wide, square designs that you can cover neatly with plasterwork.
It is also possible to use a PVC tube of a suitable size for this. This can come out of the wall at a 90 degree angle at both ends.
Tip: use an end cap during installation to prevent the holes from being sealed with plaster.
2. Electrical system not yet installed?
If your electrical system has not yet been installed, we recommended first working out how many devices need to be connected to the outlet. Don't forget that USB-powered equipment (which is becoming increasingly common) is also equipped with a power adapter. It is also possible to use a multi-socket extension cord, of course. But this means that you have even more cables to conceal!
3. Sufficient power outlets? Behind the TV as well?
Are you virtually certain that your TV needs to be mounted in a fixed position on the wall? Then placing an outlet directly behind the TV is a convenient solution. This means that you don't have to route the TV's electrical cable through a cable cover. Make sure that the TV does not have any protrusions at outlet height, otherwise it may be difficult to use the outlet. In addition, it is also useful to know what kind of TV mount you intend to purchase. It may be that the hole pattern for the TV mount is in the centre. In which case, the power outlet needs to be located in a different position!
Tip: have you considered making a 'cable plan'? Making an outline of your potential set-up provides an overview and simplifies your cable management.
4. Hide cables in an existing building That's also possible...
Is your home (part of) an existing building? Then the chances are that the power and other outlets are not in the right place. Exterior cable covers can be a practical and quick solution.
Exterior cable cover solutions
A wide assortment of exterior cable covers is available to hide cables. In addition to the familiar plastic cable ducts, which can sometimes come loose from plastered walls, Vogel's offers elegant cable covers made from steel and aluminium in various sizes and colour combinations.
These allow you to conceal up to 10 cables in no time. If you don't have an equipment cabinet, it is even possible to add up to three additional AV mounts (AV 10) to our Cable 10 cable cover. These can then be used to support your Playstation, receiver or other equipment.
Cable management for Vogel's TV wall mounts
Naturally, you would like to see as few TV cables as possible when you install your TV on a mount. We take this into account when developing our TV mounts.
Many of our mounts are equipped with a cable routing system (Vogel's patented Cable Inlay System). Some of the full motion mounts have the option of guiding your cables through the arm. In other models, the cables are guided along the arm.
Our top model, the MotionMount (NEXT 7356) has a nicely finished cover that slips over your TV's connections and cables. This makes even the back of your TV look great!