Have you ever wondered how in the world some Pinterest pins of TV’s don’t have ANY cables dangling down behind the TV? You know, those clean looking TV’s that are mounted to the wall and there is literally NO cable salad to be seen ANYWHERE!?
I was. I even played with the thought that maybe, just maybe, the photographers would take off all the cables, giving us the illusion of such clean spaces being a reality.
Well, dear friends and fellow cable salad haters, it is possible! 🙂 And today I want to show you how to hide TV cables as well as how we hacked IKEA kitchen cabinets into a DIY floating TV credenza!
How to Hide TV Cables & DIY Floating TV Credenza – Supplies:
- TV & Wall Mounting Kit
- IKEA upper cabinets (more details in the tutorial)
- Studfinder, Level, Screws, Drill
- 2″ Hole Saw (you don’t need this if you buy the In-Wall Cord Kit!)
- Reciprocating Saw (Sawzall) with Metal Cutting Blade
- In-wall cable kit
Step 1 – Buy & Assemble the Cabinets
At IKEA we went to the kitchen section and ordered our supplies. We decided to go for two 30x15x20″ upper wall cabinets with the inexpensive Haeggeby doors. We also added a suspension rail and shelves.
Here’s the deal – your possibilities are ENDLESS with the IKEA kitchen cabinets!! You can do simple doors or you can opt for drawers as well as hidden inside drawers. You can do normal hinges or you can make the entire construction soft-close! It’s kinda mind boggling how many options you have. The cool thing is also, that you can add anything at any point, so you can do what we did and go for the most inexpensive option now and upgrade whenever you want to. My secret plan is to eventually upgrade with some drawers – soft-close of course.
Here’s our list of items:
- 2x Wall Cabinets 30x15x20″ with two Haeggeby Doors – $60/each
- 2x Shelves – $10/each
- 1x Suspension Rail – $13
- 2x PASSARP Drawer Mat (as the top) – $7.99/each
Total for the entire TV Credenza: $168.98
Assemble the cabinet frames (which is super easy BTW) and optionally screw them together. We did this, because our walls are so crooked and it helps with making the process a bit easier.
Step 2 – Mount the TV
Hang the TV with the wall mounting kit. Again, super straight forward process, just use the instructions on the wall mounting kit.
Step 3 – Hang the Rail
Next up we added the IKEA suspension rail where the cabinets will hang from. IKEA came up with this super simple way of hanging their cabinets and it works like a charm.
Simply find your studs with a studfinder, make sure everything is nice and level and screw that rail onto the wall.
Step 4 – Hiding the Cables in the Wall
Now comes the scary part – drilling holes with a 2″ hole saw! I gotta say, it felt SO wrong to butcher the walls like this, but I wanted those cables to be gone even more than that, so there we went. Adrian drilled one hole below the hanging rail and one behind the TV.
Here’s the deal. Technically you should use an in-wall cable kit, but giddy as we were in that very moment, we kinda did it the rough way… Since then, we’ve taken down everything again and did it the right way. So just do it once and do it right LOL
Step 5 – Pull the Cables through and hang the TV
Now wrestle in your cables by tying or taping them together, stuffing them into the top hole and pulling them out at the bottom. If you have a hard time grabbing them, use a strong wire that you’ve bent into a grabbing hook.
Now hang the TV and ADOOOOORE the cable free wall for a moment!
Step 6 – Hang the Cabinets
All that’s really left now is to hang the cabinets and attach the doors. Since it’s such a straight forward process, I didn’t even take a picture!
I should also add – although I have no pictures of it – Adrian drilled a few holes into the back of the cabinets to pull in the power cord distributor. The cable salad now happily lives in the lowest shelf of the right cabinet. While at it, he also drilled a hole into the top of the right cabinet, so that I can eventually pull in a lamp cord once I find the perfect table lamp. That way the lamp cord can go straight into the cabinet as well and not look ugly at all!
This was such a great DIY – and honestly, long overdue! We’ve been enjoying watching our list of Christmas movies on a clutter free wall and it’s amazing what an impact this wall has on the entire living room. It feels so finished, yet still so minimal and just kinda fits right in! Also, the price of the credenza that came in under $170 cannot be beat. It looks clean and modern and I’m just simply excited to one day upgrade, depending on what is needed at the current time.