While tastes and opinions regarding this particular subject generally differ quite a lot, I, for one, am the type of person that simply hates having way too many wires lying all around the house and I try to keep the existing ones as organized and tidy as possible. For this reason, I've decided to share with you some of the general ideas I've used in order to make my own home as “wireless” as possible.
The first and simplest way to eliminate any cable or wiring from your home is to go completely wireless. For this purpose, you might want to purchase some of the wireless adapters that have started to arrive on the market lately, whether we're talking about wireless HDMI adapters, wireless USB adapters, wireless audio adapters (for turning your wired audio system into a wireless one) and so on. Of course, I won't even mention the wireless router, which is a must have, for any wired or wireless modern home.
However, one of the biggest problems with all these wireless adapters is their very, very high price point compared to other solutions available on the market, so if you really want to eliminate all wires from your home, then you might be faced with an overall bill of close to 7,500 US dollars (if not more).
But wire elimination can also be done for free, by using nothing more than careful planning and a bit of imagination. Of course, the best way to do so is to start before going through a general home improvement process, but there are also some solutions that can be easily applied even in older homes.
If you're in the first case, namely, you've purchased yourself a new house and you're doing some repair work prior to moving in, then this is the perfect moment to get rid of all the wires. The first thing you want to do is plan carefully, and in order to do so, you'll need a copy of your home's blueprints, plus a pen.
Then, you'll have to do some serious thinking, because you'll have to take into account all the wires you'll need around the home (cable, Internet, landline, etc.) and where they enter the home, plus all the outputs you'll require. Mark the position of all the outputs you need on the blueprint so that you'll be able to explain to the contractor in charge of the repairs exactly how you want the wiring and where you want it to go. If you've carefully planned everything and inserted everything in the walls, you should have a completely wireless home.
However, if you happen to find yourself stuck in the second situation, fret not. You can also try to hide the wires in a normal home, but you'll have to be a bit “craftier” in order to do so. For example, try to avoid by all means having the cables up on the wall. I know that this is a rather unusual solution, but it's quite popular (or it used to be, anyway) with installers from certain parts of the world.
Another thing you might want to do is take advantage of the “magical” rug. Indeed, a rug might prove to be a very useful tool for covering up cable clutter, at least as long as we're not talking about an insanely large amount of cables. Plus, to some extent, it will keep both you and them protected, since the danger of your tripping over is seriously reduced. If you've just installed some brand new parquet tiles or carpeting,
then one great place for putting wires is the siding along the wall. As some of you might know, the respective siding does have an empty space within it, where there's plenty of room for wires.
There are all sorts of ultra-thin cables available on the market (including HDMI), which will almost certainly make the whole installation process easier and the end-result a bit more attractive.
Of course, these are only a few suggestions, and, as mentioned right from the start, it's ultimately up to you and your imagination to figure out the best solution that suits your home, but whatever you do, remember this: sometimes, you can save a lot of money by simply thinking things through for a little bit.