The living room sconce was a great budget find, but Emmett and I had always planned to modify it and hardwire the fixture when the time came to open the doorway between the kitchen and living room. Let’s just say, we got a little lazy and found an alternative that cost much less and takes all of 5 minutes. Click through and watch Emmett’s video on the best cord hiding solution we’ve found. It’s doesn’t get easier than this!
I’ll start off with a couple quick disclaimers… 1.) our kitchen is obviously under construction, so please ignore that mess in the background; 2.) I’m extremely new to video and made a rookie mistake on the auto focus on this one- I promise next time I’ll practice prior to shooting. Ha! But back to hiding cords…
Lots of plug-in light fixtures (mostly sconces) come with a metal casing that hide the ugly cord. Our bedroom sconces are a fantastic example of that, check them out in this post! Our living room sconce, on the other hand, was inexpensive and therefore comes with an exposed dangling cord- which I obviously don’t love looking at on the day-to-day. I can’t complain because of the price, but something needed to be done if we opted to forego the hardwiring process.
The light is already operating on a wall switch, so it’s not like we ever use the switch attached to the cord anyway. Therefore, casing the cord was the perfect functional option. Check out Emmett’s video below for a fast five minute tutorial (again, sorry for the focus!):
It really doesn’t get easier! In case you’d like product links to accompany the video, I’m sourcing everything below:
- single cord conduit
- cutting utensil
- tape measure
- paint (our wall color is Sherwin-Williams Silverpointe)
- our wall sconce (it’s actually on sale right now!)
I’m all about painting the cord conduit the same color as the wall so it blends even better. We also have panel moulding throughout our living room, so seeing trim work on the wall is already natural in this space. You don’t even think twice about the cord.
Finn definitely photobombed my images as soon he realized something special was happening in the living room (aka, me shooting the final product). I swear that dog always has to be the center of attention.
I basically wanted to show Emmett’s point about the majority of the cord being hidden behind the sofa. I’m glad he ended up covering the entire thing though- I’m way too OCD to know that part of it is still dangling back there (even if it’s hidden).
Questions? Chat with us in the comments below! We’d love to hear your feedback and can offer suggestions or solutions to your own cord design dilemmas. If you’re in need of sconces and light fixtures to try this on, check out this GIANT roundup.