How to Install Speaker Wire Behind Crown Molding

By Robert Robillard on How To

 

Hiding Speaker Wire Behind Crown Molding

A client of mine asked for me to install crown molding in his living room.

We always buy the moldings we install at Anderson McQuiad, a local mill shop.  All the moldings are made on site and always have very sharp, detailed profiles.  This particular molding is made from poplar species.

This morning, when we arrived to install the molding, the client told us that he wanted to install a surround sound speaker system.

He asked us if we would be willing to run speaker behind our moldings and then let the four wires run down the corner of the wall.

Fishing Wires In The Wall

We agreed but told him that instead of leaving the wires visible we would hide the wires in the walls stud bay leaving him with a better looking, finished product.


Installing Speaker Wire

Speaker wire was installed in all four corners of this room. The wire was stapled 1-1/4″ inch down from the ceiling in order to allow for a 16 penny finish nail to be driven at a 45 degree angle through the molding and into the wall top plate.

We use 16 penny nails verse pneumatic driven nail because they tend to “suck” the molding tight against the wall and ceiling leaving less of a seam to caulk and a better installed molding.

A hole was made in the top of the wall just under the top plate. The molding covers this hole so no patching was needed.

Hiding The Wires In Stud Bay

A second hole was made in the same stud bay down at the floor level. The wires were routed through this hole and will run into a t.v. stereo receiver.

I did not have my electrical “wire fish-tape” with me so we used a coat hanger to “fish” the wires out of the stud bay.

This photo shows a sample of the molding and how it corresponds with the speaker wire.

Notches were made in order to allow the speaker wire to run the perimeter of the room.

The client specified that he wanted to mount his speakers just under the molding.

Coping The Crown

We notched the bottom of the crown molding 3″ inches out from each corner for his speakers.

Speaker wire shown after crown molding installed.

 


If you enjoyed this post, please consider commenting or subscribing to receive my future posts via email

If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!

About the author

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter and editor of AConcordCarpenter.com and principal of a full service renovation company located in Concord, Massachusetts; A Concord Carpenter, LLC. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals, he also hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show, offering the do-it-yourself audience in Boston’s Meto West region expert advice on home repairs and maintenance. On his website, Rob covers all aspects of home improvement, remodeling, and specializes in problem solving for home maintenance. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter’s motto: “Well done is better than well said!”. Rob is a a regular contributor to DIY magazine Extreme-How-To Magazine and assistant editor at ToolBoxBuzz. He is also a tool safety and training coordinator for Push America on their Build America project.

All posts by Robert »

Not what you're looking for?

Search for more articles here. Enter keywords like roof leak, bookcase, deck, etc to find your topic.

Leave a Comment

Comments

  1. Concord Carpenter says:

    Hi Oreo,

    Great site, love those sirens.

    This job was thrown on my lap the day I showed up to install the crown, I was not prepared for it, nor did I quote this extra work – it was done at no extra charge.

    If I were going to “plan” this job I would do it differently.

    I would rout the speaker cables the same way but I would take the time and make small holes in the wall behind the crown and fish the wire through a second hole directly behind the speaker.

    This is a much cleaner look. Make sure your ready to mount the speaker brackets at this time so everything lines up.

    Have fun!!!

  2. Oreo says:

    Great post Robert. I’ll be doing a similar project in my new living room, and I was trying to decide the best way for the wire to exit the molding. The notches are a great idea.

    Thank you for the post and pictures.

  3. Robert Robillard says:

    Timothy,

    You’re welcome, glad you enjoyed the post.

  4. Timothy says:

    This is a great idea.

    I never thought of installing speaker wire behind crown molding. I’ve always hated the look of wires hanging from a wall or floor and this is a great solution. I knew crown molding wasn’t only great from a design standpoint!

    Thanks for the tip.

© Copyright 2014 A Concord Carpenter · All Rights Reserved