Part of pet proofing the home to create a safe environment for your new companion is finding a fool-proof way to hide cable from your pets. Here are some ingenious ways to keep both the cable and your pets safe and secure.
Hide Cable Tip #1: Cable Drawings
Maisie Maud Broadhead came up with the ingenious idea of creating cable drawings to keep cables out of reach from pets without completely hiding them from site. So think of ways that you can use your messy cables to form interesting designs in your home. Depending on how long the cable is, you can create a really interesting design with the use of your own cable and some cable clips and thumb tacks. Consider printing a design template to inspire you and to use to help you if you need help in creating something pretty.
Hide Cable Tip #2: Adhesive Backed Cord Clips
Cats, dogs, and most other pets won't be able to chew on cables and wires if they're out of reach. Some standard adhesive backed cord clips like Wiremold CM81 Cable Clips Adhesive Backed Cord and Cable Organizer can help with this. These can allow you to easily attached numerous wires to your walls and furniture services.
Hide Cable Tip #3: Spiral Cable Wrap
Some good quality spiral cable wrap like the Vaisis Spiral Harness Wrap can house numerous cords and keep them hidden and safe from potential pet damage. Spiral cable wrap will keep wires tightly bundled to stop them from getting tangled and the hard plastic will help prevent chewing and scratching problems. They typically come in a several colors to better match the decor in your room.
Hide Cable Tip #4: Rain Gutter Cable Storage
Rain gutters are great for other uses besides managing rain and it can be a fantastic cable management solution. A rain gutter can be attached to the bottom of a table or desk, towards the back, and attached to the underside of the desk with hangers, end caps, joiner nuts or fasteners. This will provide a barely noticeable, clean looking way to keep the cords hidden away from sight and safe from potential damage from pets. You can find detailed instructions on how to create your own gutter management system on Lifehacker.
Hide Cable Tip #5: Vinegar and Cayenne Pepper Spray
Although this tip is not about hiding cables, it can be a helpful tool in keeping pets from destroying your cables. A bitter homemade spray of vinegar and cayenne pepper will keep cats and dogs away from cables and wires. If the smell doesn't deter them, than the taste will. Try mixing one part water with one part vinegar, and about 8 parts water, varying based on how strong you want it. Be sure to turn all electronics off, make sure no cables are damaged or frayed (making sure to repair ones that are damaged), and then spray the mixture on problem areas. (This spray can also be used to deter cats and dogs from chewing or scratching on other problem areas in the home.)
With these clever ways to keep pets away from your wires and cables, both your pets and cords will be a little safer. Have you found any clever ways to hide wires? Feel free to share in the comments!
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