Vertical wire concealment is fishing low voltage cables such as HDMI cables, component cables, optical cables, etc… (not power cords) from behind the TV, through the wall, straight down within the same stud bay (between the 2 studs) and pulling the cables out near the bottom of the wall.
First of all, you need to determine whether or not your wall is suitable for in-wall wire concealment.
Not every wall is same. Structure of the wall is different by type of dwelling and its age. Wall needs to have some cavity where there’s enough space for cables to be fished through. Any walls with either wood or metal studs behind, there’s usually enough space to fish the wires through as long as there’s no thick plumbing pipes, ventilation or other obstructions in the way.
List of common wall types that are applicable for in-wall wire concealment
- Drywall with wooden studs (Modern House & Townhome)
- Interior Plaster wall with wooden studs (Most old homes)
- Drywall with metal studs (Condos, newer apartments, lofts & commercial buildings)
In most Modern Houses and Town-homes, normally you would find wooden studs behind drywall. And interior walls of Old Homes (usually 1970’s and older), normally you would find plaster wall with wooden studs behind it. Most exterior walls in old homes, there’s usually only thin wooden strapping instead of wooden studs between the plaster wall and the bricks so therefore there’s not enough space to fish wires through.
Most modern condos, condo town-homes, lofts, newer apartments and modern commercial buildings are built with concrete walls and drywall with metal studs. Usually, when you knock on the wall, you can hear the difference in sound between concrete wall and drywall with metal studs. When you knock on concrete wall, it has high pitch sound and feels very solid whereas when you knock on drywall with metal studs, it has deeper tone and sometimes you can hear a little echo. If you have a stud finder, you can scan for studs in drywall with metal studs and the stud finder will detect the studs then you know for sure it’s a drywall with metal studs.
In-wall wire concealment is not suitable for concrete walls, brick walls and most exterior plaster walls. If this is the case for you then the next best practical solution will be to conceal the wires using wire raceway that goes on the wall. On-Wall wire concealment solution using wire raceway can still be done quite neatly as well.
What is required for in-wall vertical wire concealment?
1. Power cords cannot be fished through the wall. Some new homes have electrical outlet already installed up high on the wall designated for your TV. However, if you don’t have one, you need to budget yourself extra for either a new electrical outlet or a Bridge-Style Power Kit installed up high on the wall where it would end up behind the TV once it’s mounted. See the example below.
2. Secondly, the low voltage cables can be fished through the wall in between 2 studs. Imagine there is drywall in front of these wooden studs. Vertical wire concealment would be fishing wires straight down from point A to B. See the drawing below.
The photo below is an example of our work showing vertical wire concealment of low voltage wires going through the wall. By default, we normally use Recessed cable pass-thru wall plate where the cables enter and exit.
Picture below is the end result
Optionally, you can add keystone jack custom wall plates for even cleaner looking installation. We can provide you with almost any audio / video connection keystone jacks and custom wall plates. The photo below shows the custom wall plates installed at both points; Behind the TV and behind the component stand. This custom wall plates provides; 3 HDMI connections, 1 optical port, Coax jack and a Cat5e ethernet jack.
The picture below shows custom wall plate installed behind where the compoents will be placed and recessed cable pass-thru wall plate behind where the TV will be mounted. The custom wall plates include; 4 HDMI connections, composite connection; yellow, red & white and coax connection.
See closer look of the custom wall plates below.