How to Hide Under Cabinet Lighting Wires In Under An Hour

Researched & Written by Craig

Dangling lighting cabinet cords can make even the tidiest room look frightful. This article will list 5 things you can do to hide those unsightly wires.

To hide under cabinet lighting wires, use one of the following:

  • Wire Staples
  • Adhesive Wire Clips
  • Wire Protectors
  • Wood Valances
  • Strategic Wire Placement

Would you like to see how you can put these tips to effective use in your home? Then take a look at the complete wire hiding guide below. 

How to Hide Under Cabinet Lighting Wires

While we were refurbishing the kitchen, everything was a little higgledy-piggledy.

So a couple of misplaced wires here and there were not a major concern. But once the kitchen was done, the lighting wires drooping under my cabinet started to test my patience. And they did so for more than one reason: 

  1. My kids touch everything. You would think I was talking about toddlers. I’m not. My kids were about one tug away from ripping the spotlights right out of the cabinet. 
  2. They made the kitchen look like a bomb site. No matter how tidy it was, the first thing I would lay my eyes on when I came through the door was a bunch of dangling cables. You couldn’t miss them.

Hiding the wires under my cabinets gave my kitchen a more professional, polished look. Listed below are the very best tips that will help you do the same.

Wire Staples

Wire staples are small plastic fixtures with a nail staple. They can be used to hold wires in place.

Do you have an annoying wire hanging down behind your cabinet that needs holding up? Then a wire staple will be your perfect solution!

You can use a staple gun to hold your wires up in place to stop them from dangling. Wire staples will help you keep your wires tucked flush under your cabinets out of sight. 

You can also use wire wraps to bundle your wires together. This will make it easier for you to fit them through the wire staples.

Wire staples are a great solution to your droopy wiring problem. Take a look at some of the pros and cons of using them:

Pros Cons
  • Wire staples can be purchased in a variety of colors to match the decor of your room. 
  • Unlike adhesive wire clips, wire staples are reusable. It is easy to move them from location to location. 
  • Wire staples are quite thin. So they may be too fragile to support lots of chunky wires. If you have many wires, it would be better for you to use wire protectors or wood valances.

Adhesive Wire Clips

Adhesive wire clips are small plastic fixtures with an adhesive back. These help to keep wires in place

Adhesive wire clips will assist with maintaining a tidy home. You can thread your wires through the loops on the clips. This will keep them fixed firmly against your cabinets. Once firmly fixed, they will no longer hang down.

Adhesive wire clips can also be used with wire wraps to bundle your wires together. If you use wire wraps it will be easier for you to fit more than one cable through the loops.

Adhesive wire clips are popular amongst DIY family homes. Take a look at some of the pros and cons that come with using them: 

Pros Cons
  • Adhesive wire clips are quick and easy to install, no nails are needed!
  • They can be purchased in a variety of colors so that they will match the decor of any room. 
  • As is the case with wire staples, adhesive wire clips are thin. Because of their adhesive backing, they cannot handle the weight of multiple chunky wires. So, if you have more than two wires to hide, it would be more effective for you to use wire protectors or wood valances.
  • These are not the kind of clips that can be moved about with ease. Once removed from the surface they lose their adhesivity (and you also lose a layer of paint from your wall). 

Wire Protectors

Wire protectors, (aka wire channel strips) are protective cases for your electrical wires. 

Are you trying to hide more than one wire inside a wire protector? If you are, then you may find it easier to do so when using a wire protector. Wire protectors can be wrapped around a bunch of wires to keep them tightly packed together. Once the wires are well packed together, they will slide into the wire protectors with ease.

There are so many great things about using wire connectors. Consider some of the pros and cons below:

Pros Cons
  • Wire protectors can be purchased in long strips so that you can cut them to the length you need. 
  • Wire protectors are available in various thicknesses. You can find wire protectors that will work perfectly for small and thin or even thick and bulky wires.  
  • Wire protectors can also be purchased in a variety of colors. This makes it easier for you to blend them in with the decor of your room. 
  • They are easy to paint over. This gives them the potential to match any color scheme.
  • It is not easy to alter the protectors once they are cut to measure. If you want to change the location of your protector, you will have to buy a new one. 

Wood Valances

Wood valances are extensions to your cabinets that can be used to hide lighting wires. The valance is glued to the underside of your cabinet to create an extension. 

Do you have a bunch of heavy wires that need to be hidden? Then wire protectors, adhesive wire clips, or wire staples alone will not be strong enough for the job. Now, this is where a wood valance swoops in to save the day!

You can use tie wraps and adhesive wire clips to keep your electrical cables fixed to the wood valance.

Here are a couple of pros and cons that come with using wood valances:

Pros Cons
  • You can choose a piece of wood, then stain it or paint it so that it will match your current cabinetry.
  • The wood valance can be attached to your cabinets with screws. This will make it easier for the valance to be removed should you need to repair or change the wiring.
  • It could be tricky to create a DIY valance that will be the perfect match for your existing cabinets.

Strategic Wire Placement

We have spoken a lot already about the different ways you can cover wires to make them look more aesthetically pleasing. But what if covering them is not an option for you?

If you can’t cover your wires, you can still hide them so that they’re not the first thing you notice when you enter the room. Here’s how:

  •  If your cabinet has a slight overhang on the front side, take advantage of this to hide the wires behind it. You can use adhesive wire clips and tie wraps to keep the wires fixed to the overhang and out of sight. 
  • If you place your wires on a back wall then they will be more clearly visible. So, you should keep them as close to the front bottom edge of the cabinet as possible. This will keep them hidden.

Is It Safe to Put Electrical Tape Over Exposed Wires?

Electrical tape is a good way to repair minor abrasions or cuts on electrical wires. But, it should not be used to tape over exposed wires. Exposed wires could be dangerous and cause electrical shocks when touched. Taping over the wire with electrical tape would not help to protect you from a shock from a live wire current.

Instead of taping over exposed wires, you should replace them as soon as possible. Every household needs to do this. But it is especially crucial for those with pets and small children to do so.

Conclusion

Electrical wires drooping behind your cabinets have a way of instantly making a room look untidy. But there are many economic methods that help to keep the wires out of the way. I hope that this article has mentioned a few that could work for your under cabinet lighting wires. 

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Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

Cheers,

Craig