If you have a home theater, chances are you know how crucial it is to have a grasp on home theater cable management (a fancy term meaning organizing all of your cables). You have likely spent a lot of time and money crafting the perfect home theater. Because of this, home theater cable management is of paramount importance. There are three main benefits to home theater cable management, including: aesthetics, performance, and cord identification.
At Speedtech International, we are continually innovating new hook and loop cord and cable fastener solutions for the home theater environment. Hook and loop fasteners are best suited for the home entertainment, because the ties and straps are gentle on wires, easy to use, reusable, and come in a variety of colors.
Home Theater Cable Management Tips:
Proper Wire Setup
Having a plan is key to successful home theater cable management. So, when you are setting up or reorganizing your home theater, be mindful of how you run your audio and video wires. For the best results, you should strategically run A/V wires along or above your baseboard, beneath or beside your wall-to-wall carpeting, and/or behind your crown molding or furniture. While professional installers often conceal wires behind walls or inside of the ceiling, do-it-yourselfers often expose wires and cables. There is nothing wrong with having cables exposed, but you do want them to be secured and bundled.
When making your wire and cable routing plan, colored hook and loop cable ties can be used to help identify all the various home theater wires. For example, bundling your TV HDMI cable with red ties, gathering amplifier cables with blue ties, and grouping speaker wires in yellow ties. Color coding wires and cables also helps with faster troubleshooting and future component replacement.
Writable Surface hook and loop Straps are another great identification product. These straps can be written on. For example, ‘TV’, “SONOS”, “PreAmp,” etc. can all be easily identified. This enables you to keep tabs on what is what — something that becomes very convenient in the event that you need home theater assistance or repair.
Improved Air Flow/Cabinet Circulation
When your wires and cables are entering and exiting your home entertainment cabinet or closet, tight and secure bundling and routing is important. Often, A/V equipment is crammed into tight spaces, leaving high-end components starved for air circulation. By tightly bundling all those cords and cables and then securing them out of the way, you improve airflow throughout the entire cabinet. This improved airflow lesson was taken from the data communications field, where integrators use SPEEDWRAP® hook and loop cable ties to route the cords and cables inside server closets.
Another key component of home theater cable management is the selection of paintable cables. Just as the name suggests, these cables can be painted, which enables them to blend in with their environment, creating a seamless look. The last thing you want is a lot of brightly-colored cords taking away from your home theater ambiance. So, when it comes to cables, purchase paintable ones that help create a clean and blended look.
Versatile Fastening Solutions
All of your hard work will have been a waste if loose cords and cables are hanging beneath your wall-mounted television. The television screen or projector is the main attraction in your home theater, so it is of the utmost importance that there aren’t any distractions in this area. For total home theater cable management, versatile fastening solutions are an absolute must.
In addition, split loom tubing or plastic wire molded raceway are helpful products for canceling cables. Hook and loop ties and the bundle of wires can be mounted to any surface using products like SPEEDWRAP® Tie Mounts are another great product for home theater cable management, so be sure to explore your options.
Conquer Home Theater Cable Management Today.
When it comes to your home theater, good cord and cable organization is essential to the attractiveness of your space, prolonged function of your equipment, and less expensive maintenance costs. Fortunately, there are easy-to-use products, such as innovative hook and loop fasteners, that can help you achieve cable management.
Want an easy way to get started? Speedtech offers a complete Audio Video and Cord Identification Kit available for online purchase. In addition, Speedtech International offers the widest selection of SPEEDWRAP® and VELCRO® brand hook & loop products that can assist in the installation and organization of your home theater equipment.