TV wall mount installation with wire concealment over fireplace

Hiding Cables for Wall Mounted TV Over Fireplace

There are few ways of hiding cables for a TV wall mounted over fireplace.

  1. In-Wall Wire Concealment Over Fireplace
  2. In-Wall Wire Concealment for Protruding Fireplace Wall
  3. On-Wall Wire Concealment Over Fireplace with Wire Raceway (Cable Cover)

In-Wall Wire Concealment Over Fireplace

Concealing wires in the wall over fireplace is far different than In-Wall Vertical wire concealment. Hiding cables in the wall over fireplace can be a tough task even for someone who considers himself to be a handy person. It requires careful planning, precise measurements & certain tools that average Joe wouldn’t normally have sitting around in the garage. Tackling a project like this can also be time consuming so you need to dedicate at least few hours of your time to make sure things are done properly the first time.

First of all, you need to know whether or not the wires can be fished through the wall by knowing the structure of your fireplace and surrounding wall.

Gas Fireplace

Usually, in a newer house or a town home (1980’s and newer), your wall should be drywall and wooden studs around the Gas Fireplace. In this case, you can fish wires though the wall.

Wood Burning Fireplace

If you got a Wood burning fireplace which is usually found in older homes, then the wall is most likely built with bricks around the fireplace so you won’t be able to fish the wires through the wall. In this case, consider hiding wires with wire raceway instead.

Fishing Cables in the Wall Over Fireplace & Through Unfinished Basement

If you live in a newer house or townhouse and plan to mount your TV over gas fireplace on the main floor and if your basement is unfinished, then wires can be fished from the wall above the fireplace, down to the basement and then fish the wires back up to the main floor through a wall and come out where your components are going to be placed.

If your basement is finished then fishing wires horizontally across the wall will require cutting drywall to drill through every single stud to feed wires through the studs horizontally across the wall and then fish cables vertically down to somewhere near the baseboard where your components will be placed.

List of Things Required for in-wall Wire Concealment over Fireplace

  • Wall structure that has cavity behind the wall where cables can be fished through such as drywall with wooden studs or drywall with metal studs.
  • Electrical outlet or Bridge-Style Power kit above the fireplace where it would end up behind the TV
  • Electrical outlet by where the components will be placed
  • If you have cable or satellite box then Coax cable jack is necessary where the cable box or satellite box will be placed (if you have wireless Bell Fibe TV Box or Rogers Ignite Box then this is not necessary)
  • In-Wall Fire-Rated cables such as FT4/FT6/CL2/CL3/CMG/CMR/CMP rated HDMI cable long enough to reach from the TV to your components.
  • Tools: Drill, Auger bit, Electrician’s Fishing Tape & Fishing Rod, electrical tape, measuring tape & holesaw

Take a look at raw examples below. This installation required 25ft cables to run cables from above the fireplace, down through the unfinished basement and then back up to the adjacent wall where custom wall plate was installed for 4 x HDMI cables, Toslink Optical cable & Cat5e Ethernet cable.

Wires fished through the wall above fireplace
Wires fished through the wall above fireplace
Wires fished down to the unfinished basement below the fireplace
Wires fished down to the unfinished basement below the fireplace
Wires running through the joists across the room in unfinished basement
Wires running through the joists across the room in unfinished basement
Wires running back up to the main floor through the wall from unfinished basement
Wires running back up to the main floor through the wall from unfinished basement
Custom wall plate installed on the wall where AV components will be placed for connections to the TV - HDMI, Toslink & Cat5e Ethernet
Custom wall plate installed on the wall where AV components will be placed for connections to the TV - HDMI, Toslink & Cat5e Ethernet
TV & Soundbar wall mounted over fireplace with all wires hidden in the wall
TV & Soundbar wall mounted over fireplace with all wires hidden in the wall

Here’s another example where the wires were concealed in the wall over fireplace and through the unfinished basement. This installation required hiding cable box inside the cabinet behind closed doors next to the fireplace, so an IR repeater was installed to control the box out of sight.

HDMI cables hidden through the wall for wall mounted TV above fireplace
HDMI cables hidden through the wall for wall mounted TV above fireplace
2 x HDMI cables running through the joists below the fireplace in unfinished basement
2 x HDMI cables running through the joists below the fireplace in unfinished basement

In the picture below, notice that there’s an existing electrical outlet for components & coax jack for the cable box inside the cabinet.

HDMI cables fished back up to the main floor through the wall inside the cabinet from the basement
HDMI cables fished back up to the main floor through the wall inside the cabinet from the basement
Cable box hidden inside the cabinet & controlled by IR repeater for cleaner look
Cable box hidden inside the cabinet & controlled by IR repeater for cleaner look
IR repeater block that controls the cable box hidden out of sight
IR repeater block that controls the cable box hidden out of sight
TV wall mounted over fireplace with all wires hidden in the wall
TV wall mounted over fireplace with all wires hidden in the wall

More examples of in-wall wire concealment for TV above fireplace.

TV & soundbar installed over fireplace with wires hidden in the wall
TV & soundbar installed over fireplace with wires hidden in the wall
TV installation over fireplace with wires fished through the wall and basement
TV installation over fireplace with wires fished through the wall and basement
TV & Soundbar installed over fireplace on custom wall unit with components hidden inside the cabinet
TV & Soundbar installed over fireplace on custom wall unit with components hidden inside the cabinet

Hiding Cables in Protruding Fireplace Wall

If your fireplace wall protrudes out from the rest of the wall, cables can be fished within the protruding wall and exit on the side of the fireplace. See photo examples below.

Hiding cables in the wall for TV mounted on protruding fireplace wall
Hiding cables in the wall for TV mounted on protruding fireplace wall
Cables fished from above the fireplace behind the TV to side of the protruding wall
Cables fished from above the fireplace behind the TV to side of the protruding wall
Bridge-Style Power Kit installed to supply power to the TV over fireplace
Bridge-Style Power Kit installed to supply power to the TV over fireplace
Bridge-Style Power Kit Power inlet installed on side of the protruding fireplace wall
Bridge-Style Power Kit Power inlet installed on side of the protruding fireplace wall
TV & Soundbar installation on protruding fireplace wall with all wires hidden in the wall
TV & Soundbar installation on protruding fireplace wall with all wires hidden in the wall

On-Wall Wire Management Over Fireplace with Wire Raceway

Examples shown below can be applied to any type of wall since cables are hidden in wire raceway, surface mounted to the wall. This is your best bet if you have a wood burning fireplace where the wall is most likely built with bricks.

TV Wires hidden with wire raceway above fireplace
TV Wires hidden with wire raceway above fireplace
Wire raceway hiding cables for TV mounted above fireplace
Wire raceway hiding cables for TV mounted above fireplace
Power extension cord & HDMI cables hidden inside wire raceway running to the TV above fireplace
Power extension cord & HDMI cables hidden inside wire raceway running to the TV above fireplace
TV & Soundbar installed above fireplace with on-wall wire management using wire raceway
TV & Soundbar installed above fireplace with on-wall wire management using wire raceway
Wires concealed for TV mounted above fireplace using wire raceway cable covers
Wires concealed for TV mounted above fireplace using wire raceway cable covers
Wire raceway going around the contours of the fireplace mantle down to the components next to fireplace
Wire raceway going around the contours of the fireplace mantle down to the components next to fireplace
TV Wire management with wire raceway above fireplace
TV Wire management with wire raceway above fireplace
TV Wires neatly managed with wire cover by the fireplace
TV Wires neatly managed with wire cover by the fireplace