You put the finishing touches on your room’s design, take a step back, and then you see it – the box speaker you just can’t seem to hide.
Whether it’s the vintage wood paneled speaker you’ve had since your childhood or the latest in audio technology, it’s almost impossible to blend a box speaker in with your décor. Especially if you live in a smaller space.
Well, you no longer have to choose between your music and your décor.
There are a lot of ways to hide your speakers so they blend right in with your interior design and advances in audio technology have given us many ways to enjoy “out-of-sight” sound.
Here are 3 tips to help you hide your speakers so you can enjoy your music without compromising your interior design.
Audioholics advises that if you want to hide your speakers, choose speakers that are designed to be hidden. There are a slew of options on the market that blend right in with – or become part of – what is already in your home.
Choose from speakers that can be put into the wall and painted to speakers that look like lights. There are also speakers that masquerade as appliances or go right on your ceiling fan. It’s like a modern-day parlor trick – no one will be able to tell where your music is coming from!
Speakers embedded in the ceiling are not a great option for home theatre as you want the sound to be coming from the action and not from above; however, wall speakers produce ear-level sound and can have higher sound quality.
One drawback to box speakers are the wires. If you have floor or standing speakers but still want to reduce visual clutter, get creative about hiding the speaker wires.
You can easily run the wires under carpeting, or attach wires along baseboards and over doorframes to make them less visible and keep them out of your way.
This video shows how you can even hide your speakers inside old books so the wires and the speakers are well-hidden on a shelf or bookcase.
Slightly more complicated is to hide the wires in the walls. If you choose this option, install wall terminal plates to have one spot where all your speakers connect.
A great and less difficult way to hide speaker wires is to use conduit channels or cable raceways. Plastic PVC conduit is available at most hardware stores, is easy to cut and install, and can be painted over to blend in with your décor.
If you are able to make the switch, stop trying to hide speaker wires and simply go wireless. There are numerous wireless speakers on the market now that have room-filling sound quality. You won’t have the subwoofer effect of room-shaking bass, but you’ll have a smaller, sleeker speaker that will sit largely out of sight on a shelf, fireplace mantel or bookcase.
We think that the real solution is to not have to hide speakers at all, which is why we used our patented Edge Motion® technology to create the first invisible speaker. But if you’ve yet to upgrade, the above tips can help ease the pain of audio that compromises your aesthetic.