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Extension Cord Cover

AnneAudette | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi,

I’d like to make an extension cord cover out of fabric for my living room.  I found a website that uses cordura nylon as the cover with hooks on the underside to grab on to carpet loops. 

My carpet color is light sand.  I’m certain I can find a close match with fabric instead of the unattractive colors I’ve found in rubber type cord covers.  I also don’t want to use an adhesive to secure the cover to the carpet.  Most cord covers use tape as an adhesive.

My carpet is a cut pile.

Does anyone have an idea what I can use to hold the cord cover in place?

Currently, the extension cord I want to cover runs under the couch to a wall.  I need to cover about 4 feet of the cord.

Thanks!

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  1. jatman | | #1

    Would velcro work for what you're trying to do?

    JT

    1. AnneAudette | | #2

      Hi,

      Are you thinking that one velcro strip would grab on to the carpet?

      I think you've got something there.

       

      ANNE

      1. jatman | | #3

        Hi Anne!  Yes, that's exactly what I was thinking.  That the grippy side of the velcro would stick to the carpet pile.

        JT

        1. AnneAudette | | #4

          Yes!  That's great.

          I will put your idea into action.

          THANKS!

          Anne

          1. jatman | | #6

            Cool!  Let me know how it turns out, ok?

            JT

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        Becky-book | | #8

        this is obvious to me now, but once I forgot to check if the Velcro would actually stick to the item (like carpet)and the project had to be seriously re-vamped!! Why does the cover need to stick to the carpet anyway?
        Becky

        1. AnneAudette | | #9

          Good question.

          The cords run between my couch and the wall. The wall is lined with bookshelves.  If the cover is secured to the carpet, wouldn't it be more stable since people will most likely be stepping over it?

          Comments welcome!

          Thanks,

          Anne

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            Becky-book | | #10

            Extension cords out in the open, where they must be stepped over was always a "no-no" in the home where I grew up, and I have carried the prohibition on to my own home.  If the furniture plan requires an extension cord to cross a traffic route, it just flat out won't be done in my home.  There are just too many possibilities for accidents! If a visitor tripped, fell and hit their head, .....(you fill in the blanks!)  And if the cord gets stepped on often enough it could short out and start a fire. In my opinion, no amount of cloth cover and Velcro can make that cord safe (maybe 2 widths of duct tape? HA)

            Becky

  2. fuzzer | | #5

    Hi AnneAudette, Just read your post about extension cord covers. Just PLEASE be sure that it doesn't coil and also that you don't overload the cord with lots of things plugged in. I'm a retired fire fighter and have been on fires started by extension cords. So please be careful.

    1. AnneAudette | | #7

      Thanks for the important information.  I really appreciate your input.

      Right now I have two lamps and a phone plugged into the extension cord. 

      I intend to keep it as it is.  (No surprises)

      Thanks again!

      Anne

  3. Teaf5 | | #11

    I agree with Beckybook about not running cords in pathways, and I'm also very cautious about covering anything electrical with fabric, which is very flammable. Even if you cover the cord, the insulation will eventually abrade from being stepped on, and then you will have raw wires in contact with carpet fibers--dangerous! Office supply companies sell cord "bridges," gently sloped, rigid rubber troughs that protect cords that must cross pathways; they're safe and effective and come in several colors.In my family room, I have the same problem with furniture placed away from the walls. To light the central areas, I had to rearrange tables and other furniture to create a no-pass area for the extension cords to lie under. In another area, I used a hanging-bulb fixture so that the cord drapes overhead to the wall and then down to the outlet.On cords that are still visible, I've used latex wall paint and white flower tape to help them blend into the background or carpet.

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