Three Quick Tips For Hiding Electrical Cords

Home Stager with Seneca Home Staging

Hide Those Ugly Wires

How many times have you taken MLS photos, then noticed an electrical cord, cable, or other wire in the picture that you didn't see through the lens? It happens to realtors and home stagers alike. What can you do to make sure messy cords don't spoil the look of a beautiful room?

Here are three ways to hide those unsightly wires:

  •  Secure cords from lamps and electronics to the legs and backs of furniture with ties, tape, or adhesive velcro.
  •  Use decorative cord covers made of fabric, but be careful that they don't look "messy".
  •  Hide a mass of cords inside a basket or other decorative container with a lid as shown in these photos:

Electric cords hidden in basketWires hidden inside basket

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Janelle Ancillotti, Certified Professional Home Stager

Seneca Home Staging, Baldwinsville, NY

(315) 506-0725

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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Janelle,

Good points to remember. A lot of times we don't think to hid those things before having the photographer take the photos.

Nov 02, 2012 11:17 PM #1
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA

Hi Janelle,

Very clever......something everyone thinks they need to do and this is an idea for them.

Nov 02, 2012 11:22 PM #2
Arizona Home Group RE/MAX Excalibur
The Arizona Home Group - Scottsdale, AZ

Love the tips!  Especially the first one.  Thanks for sharing!

Nov 03, 2012 01:56 AM #3
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

I always try to hide lamp cords which seem to be the worst offenders in a Vacant house ... in an occupied home, it's those darn electronics and the basket trick works well.  For the online photos, cords can be erased with photoshop techniques, but we still want it to look good for in-person visits, too.

Nov 03, 2012 04:01 AM #4
Karen Ellis
Refreshing Homes - Home Staging Maryland - Ellicott City, MD
Home Stager - Howard County MD/Central MD

Janelle, Great tips. I have incorporated all of these into staging at some time. My all time least favorite is the office with the desk in the middle of the room. You always seem to see the back of the computer, CPU, hanging wires, printer...UGH! I'll often try to rearrange the room so it's not so noticeable but if you have any tips for this let me know!

Nov 04, 2012 07:06 AM #5
William "Bill" and Karen Farragher
EXIT Blue Water Realty, Matawan, NJ 07747 - Matawan, NJ

Thank you for sharing these great tips, I will keep them in mind and offer these solutions to others. ~Karen

Nov 05, 2012 04:01 AM #6
Janelle Ancillotti
Seneca Home Staging - Syracuse, NY
HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Karen-Yes, computer cords are awful. I've hid them inside baskets, and even tucked them behind curtains, but when the desk is in the center of the room, there's not much you can do besides hide them with plants or other accessories and cover them with fabric cord covers. 

BTW-speaking of plants and computers, feng shui experts advise keeping a plant next to your computer to counteract the electromagnetic fields they emit. I've read that placing a healthy plant on the southeast corner of your desk will attract income and enhance personal growth! Plants also serve to lift your spirits while you are working.


Nov 07, 2012 12:59 AM #7
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