Cords for electronic components are hidden using plastic or rubber cable covers that are purchased from retailers such as Staples, Wal-Mart and Amazon.com. These accessories come in a variety of colors, materials and shapes. Some cable accessories are flat, made of flexible rubber and are designed to run wires seamlessly along the floor, while others are made of a stronger plastic material for running cables vertically along a wall and include holes for screws or nails.
A common cable cover design is a plastic tube capable of housing multiple wires, connecting to other tubes and being rolled into a coil. Some additional accessories that assist in cord concealment include cable clips, storage boxes with inbound and outbound ports, cable sleeves made of flexible and fire-resistant neoprene material, adhesive tape and self-gripping cable ties.
There are numerous creative ways to hide cords or minimize the appearance of component wiring. In situations where a surge protector is unnecessary, a multi-outlet plug is preferable to a full power strip in terms of size. When a power strip is needed, fire-resistant hot glue can be used to adhere the strip to the bottom of a cabinet or TV stand. Cables are also efficiently hidden by drilling well-placed holes in cabinetry or walls, and then running the wires through the holes using appropriate safety methods. Furniture and decorative techniques are often used to camoflage or stylize exposed cables throughout the house.