Do you live in an apartment and have speakers hanging on the wall with wires dangling down from them? Try this trick â€“ use plain, off white masking tape to hide them (or at least mask them).
Of the four different apartments Iâ€™ve lived in, every one of them has had off white walls. A while back, I was able to get in on what now seems to be a â€œsemi-annualâ€ ShopOnkyo.com refurb home theater deal (like the HT-SR600S for $99), and after mounting the speakers on the wall, I was quite disappointed at what I saw:
If I had a house, I would take the time (and money for proper tools) to route the wires through the wall or behind crown molding. However, Iâ€™m in an apartment and Iâ€™m not about to do such work in a place I wonâ€™t stay in for a while, not to mention Iâ€™d probably loose my deposit!
Hereâ€™s where good old masking take steps in. It just so happens that your average roll of masking tape is probably close to the same color as your apartment walls:
What you want to do first is wrap up the beginning part of the speaker wire coming from the speaker (youâ€™d probably want to do more layers than I did):
Then, for the first layer of tape, tear off about a foot at a time and try to tape down the speaker wire as straight and vertical as you can while trying to keep the wire flat or from twisting – otherwise it will look a bit wavy like this:
(one thing you can do to try to minimize the waviness is to hang the speaker wire from a door frame using a tack/nail/etc and then put weight attached to the other end over night )
Once you have the first layer down, feel free to do another similar layer of tape on top of it â€“ since the tape is a bit transparent, if you have dark colored speaker wire, itâ€™ll still show through. Once itâ€™s almost â€œwhited outâ€, proceed to cover it with one more layer of one long piece of tape. This will help hide any of the ripped, jagged edges of the 1-foot pieces of tape.
When all is said and done, this is what a roll of $3 masking tape can do to make your apartment home theater setup look a little bit better â€“ does it look great? No. Does it look better than just having the wire loom down and only cost around $3? You be the judge!
(oh, and I say this is a guide for an apartment, as opposed to a house/etc, only cause I would rather at least use flat speaker wire and paint it if it was a place I was actually putting money into. This is just a cheap, easy, and fast way to make your â€œapartment styleâ€ life a little better looking, ha)