By Andrew Liszewski
Unless you custom built your home with a sub-floor for running and hiding cables, odds are there are extension cords, cable TV lines and other wires ‘neatly’ tucked up against the walls. Designer Karl Zahn had a similar situation, so he created this simple Picket Fence idea for making all those cables a bit less obvious.
The Picket Fence adapts to older homes and cleanly manages the electrical necessities of the occupants. The baseboards have a certain thickness to them, typically much thicker than an electrical cord. By sticking these pickets onto the baseboard, a space is created between the wall and the picket points. This space serves as a track for routing all of the wires cleanly around the room. They can go wherever they like and double back as much as they need to, all concealed behind a picket fence. Because of the gaps between the individual pickets, a plug can jump out wherever it is needed.
At the moment the fencing is just a design concept, created for the 2006 MUJI International Design Competition. But it looks to be an extremely simple DIY project if you wanted to try it out in your own home.