Your home theater set-up is the central hub for all things entertainment related. As such, it usually includes a handful of electronic devices, gadgets, and components such as a television, Blu-Ray player, DVR, gaming consoles, audio components and speakers, streaming devices and more. And with those devices come cords, and lots of them.  

Then there is also how those different devices connect to one another, which translates to additional cables and wires. In the end, you can have a real tangled mess on your hands. However, with a little extra effort and know-how, this does not need to be the case.   

Here are several cable management tips to help you avoid unnecessary entanglements.

Keeping it clean.

With a little planning and forethought, taking the time to manage your home entertainment wires properly will provide you with a clean and organized home theater, free of unsightly cable clutter.

Cut the cord.

In the U.S. it is estimated that over 22-million people have cut the cable cord, and those numbers continue to grow each year. Compact streaming media devices like the FireTV or Roku Stick, which are directly powered by an HDMI port, help to eliminate the messy wires and power cables associated with most media devices.

Bundle up.

One simple solution for keeping unsightly wires out of view is to place your media cabinet near an available outlet. Use a power strip with surge protection to plug all of your electronic devices neatly into a single source. Using reusable Velcro cable ties (like BDI offers with each of our media cabinets) or plastic ties, bundle the excess cables together to keep things organized and under control.

Cover your bases.

If an available outlet is not located nearby, try using cable covers. They can help to camouflage cords running along the floor or up a wall, and come in a variety of colors to more seamlessly blend in. Cable covers also help to prevent feet from tripping over any long-running cords, providing an additional safety benefit.

Size things up.

Adequately sized cables go a long way towards avoiding extraneous snaking, coiling, and bundling. If you only need four feet of HDMI cable to connect your gaming console to the TV, using a six-foot cable instead of twelve-foot one will make routing and organization a lot easier and cleaner. Lastly, the HDMI ports on your TV may face straight back, straight down, or straight sideways, causing these cables to stick out awkwardly. Right angle HDMI adapters/cables can help keep them flat and neat.

Stay en route.

Furniture that is thoughtfully engineered with integrated cable management can be the best solution for a clutter-free setup. You can also route cables with cord clips or self-adhesive wire holders to keep your cables in line. Entertainment consoles that offer removable back panels, like many of BDI’s media cabinet designs, can provide you with convenient access to the rear of your components so you can more easily bundle and route your cables to a central location.

Go wireless.

There is no need to manage wires if there are none! Many home theater and soundbar systems offer wireless subwoofers, which provide a wide range of placement options. Because they communicate with the system wirelessly and only require power, you can place it out of sight behind a sofa, under a side table, or even inside of your media console.

Get universal.

Not as much a cable management tip as it is a helpful clutter management suggestion, but all of the devices and electronics in your entertainment center probably come with individual remote controls, which can be a lot to manage. A good universal remote allows you to consolidate all of your remotes and their functionality into one handy device.

Following these home theater cable management tips should help keep your wires from getting crossed while keeping all of your tech cool and connected.

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