If you prefer a minimalist setting in your living room, a projector can be a great alternative to your big screen TV. They’re even more useful in a modern day office space for giving presentations.
Since projectors don’t occupy as much physical space as a screen, it’s easier to opt for them in any environment, be it home, office, or anywhere else. They can truly revolutionize your experience for a minimal cost.
So what’s the catch?
Even though projectors barely take up any space, the pesky wires that come with it can turn your projector ceiling mount into a rats nest of wires. These wires are anything but pretty, and can’t be put out of sight as easily. Correct projector installation can make these wires less noticeable and obtrusive.
So how to hide projector wires? In this article I’m going to discuss proper projector cord management, and different ways of hiding cables in ceiling and walls so they don’t interrupt your viewing. Let’s get started.
How to Hide Projector Wires
Usually a projector requires 2-3 main cables to function. These are –
- Visual Digital interface cable (VGA/HDMI cable)
- Audio connection cable
- Power cable
Because a projector can’t be set up on the back of a wall, the wires can’t be tucked behind like a TV. Instead, a projector is usually mounted on the ceiling for better picture projection capacity and so do the wires. These wires don’t have anywhere else to go, so they keep hanging, often interrupting viewing angle. And the story is not so different if it is not on the ceiling.
Projector cord management can be the answer to this problem. There are a couple of ways to get rid of your cable clutter. Here are a couple of relatively simple ways of hiding projector wires.
1. Hide Under Carpeting
If you have carpeting in your house, you might consider concealing your projector wires under the carpeting. It’s convenient, as well as being cost efficient. Depending on whether it’s wall mounted or ceiling mounted, the process is slightly different.
If your projector is wall mounted, then pinpoint the distance of your power outlet from the projector. Make sure you have enough cable to reach the outlet. Remember that this measurement is not a straight line. Rather it is the smallest line on the surface of the walls and carpets that goes from your projector to the power source.
Then simply take the power cord and tuck it under the carpeting. Drag it through the carpet till you reach the power source. Then take it out from the carpeting. You can cut a small opening, or use the corner of a wall to fetch it to the power source.
If your projector is ceiling mounted, then measure the distance between your power source and the projector. Take some cable tunnels, and gently install them on your ceiling. Install the cable tunnels to reach the closest carpet.
Push the power cord to follow the cable tunnels to the carpet. Tuck the remaining cord under the carpet to reach the power outlet. That’s it.
Follow the same procedure to connect your projector to your audio/video source using an HDMI or VGA cable.
2. Use A Cord Cover
Cord covers are widely common, and can be found in almost every modern household. Cord covers are also known as cable tunnels. Cord covers are tubes made of either plastic or metal. These tubes conveniently tuck away cords inside them, hence the name cord cover.
To use a cord cover, peel off the stickers behind the cord covers and stick them on your wall or ceiling. Make sure the pathway of the covers lead from your projector back to your electrical outlet or your audio/video source. Then simply put the projector cords inside the cord covers and connect them.
This is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get rid of projector wire mess, not to mention this is the perfect solution for an average DIY-er. If you want to hide the covers out of sight as well, just paint over them matching the color of your walls. If you can spare a little cash than you can get a professional TV wall mount cable hiding kit.
3. Run the Wires Through the Ceiling/Wall
If you don’t want to see your projector wires, or don’t want to deal with them at all, running the wires through your ceiling or wall might be the solution for you.
However, we must warn you, this is a rather complicated method. Unless you have experience in electrical work, we suggest you bring in a professional electrician so you don’t electrocute yourself or burn down the house.
Drill/cut a small hole in the ceiling or wall just behind the projector. Now, feed the wires inside the hole and push them all the way up to the electrical outlet. You can connect the wires directly to the power outlet inside the wall. This way, the wires are completely out of sight, and no extra maintenance is required.
If you’re looking for a clean and sleek look for your home theater or office, this is your ideal solution. However, this will require some labor and some couple hundred bucks for the electrician. But if you want completely invisible wires, go for it.
4. Tuck Wires Behind Crown Molding
A lot of people use crown moldings to decorate their house, and for good reasons. Crown moldings cover up your ceiling corners in a beautiful way, and they have space behind them to tuck away wires. You can use that to your advantage. Most houses have crown molding built in, so it’s incredibly cheap for projector cable management.
If you haven’t installed your projector already, place it somewhere close to the crown molding in your room. Take the projector’s power cable and use staples or cord covers to run it to your room’s crown molding. Push the rest of the cable behind the crown molding till you reach the electrical outlet.
If you don’t have the crown molding already in place, just run the power cables along the regular molding of your room. Use cord covers or staples to keep them in place. Then you can choose to hang crown moldings in front of the wires. This is a simple DIY hack for anyone who wants their projector wires hidden.
5. Tuck Them Behind Your Furniture
If you have a couch, a bookshelf, or anything else that might hide wires from sight, you can use them to hide projector cords. Run the power cord from your projector towards your furniture, and simply tuck them behind the furniture till you reach the power outlet. Hang the remaining cords with electrical staples and cord covers.
This method may not give you the cleanest look, but the silver lining is that it’s completely free. If you have a tall shelf or bookcase, it’s perfect for hiding wires.
6. Go Wireless
As I mentioned earlier, every projector needs at least 3 wires to function. The video cable (VGA/HDMI), the audio cable, and the power cable. The good news is, you can simply go wireless and not use the wires anymore.
You don’t need any specific kind of projector to use wireless technology. There are plenty of wireless HDMI and audio aux adapters out there, and for very low prices as well. Simply buy an HDMI wireless adapter and connect it to your projector. Connect the other end of the dongle to your audio/video source, and that’s it. You’ll never need to worry about these wires.
However, you can’t eliminate the power cord with wireless dongles. So, use any of the previous methods to hide the power cable, and enjoy a truly wireless clean hanging projector.
How do I hide the cables from my ceiling mounted projector?
If you have a ceiling mounted projector, there are some simple ways you can hide the projector wires that hang below the projector screen. You can use cord tunnels to stick the cables onto your wall.
You can hide the wires under your crown molding. You can hide the wires behind soundproofing material. Or you can simply install the cables inside the walls to make them completely hidden.
How do you run power to a ceiling mounted projector?
To run power to your ceiling mounted projector, check if the ceiling you’ve used has an attic or false ceiling. If you have an attic or a false ceiling above it, just drill a hole in the ceiling.
Check if you have a power outlet above the ceiling. If you do, then stick the power cable inside, and use the power outlet to connect it to your projector. If you don’t have a power outlet above, install one with the help of an electrician.
If your ceiling is solid and doesn’t have an attic or power outlet, use cable tunnels to reach your nearest power outlet to power your ceiling mounted projector. Use an In-wall cable management kit to easily power your projector.
How do you mount a projector without drilling?
If you don’t want to drill holes in your wall for a regular projector installation, there are a couple of solutions you may try. Instead of installing a projector, you can buy a projector screen stand.
These can be used anywhere, and eliminates the hassle of installing a projector altogether.
You can also use L-shaped wall hangers, hardwall hangers, hanging stripes, or brick clamps to mount a projector onto your wall. These require no drilling, and cause no physical damage to the wall whatsoever.
Can you use an extension cord on a projector?
If you’re using an extension cord to power your projector, then it is absolutely fine. Most electrical appliances nowadays use a universal power cable that fits on most electronic devices. However, be sure to use standard, quality cords as extensions. Cheap cords might do damage to your projector.
Can all projectors be ceiling mounted?
Most projectors are designed in a way so they can be ceiling mounted. Projectors have mounting plates that allow them to have this feature. However, not every projector is created with this feature in mind.
There are a lot of mini and portable projectors that aren’t created with a mounting plate, so they can’t be mounted on the ceiling.
Most modern projectors do have this feature, so unless you’re looking for a specific type of projector, then most projectors indeed can be ceiling mounted.
Can you put a projector screen above a fireplace?
Technically you can put a projector screen above a fireplace, but it is highly discouraged by experts and projector owners alike. The heat from the fireplace puts your projector screen at high risk of damage.
The heat from the fireplace dampens image quality significantly, and saturates the images you see from your projector. Hanging your screen above eye level also puts strain on your eyes and shoulder.
Projectors have pesky wires that are harder to put out of sight. They can even be obtrusive to your viewing angle if you’re not careful.
But, depending on your style, following any of the aforementioned methods will help you tackle these cables. You can hide them, you can put them out of your sight, or you can simply make them disappear. I hope this article was helpful. Thanks for reading.