Guinea Pig Safe Interior Design
You went out of your way to design a home in good taste but that was before someone was around to actually taste it! Don’t worry. Piggy proofing doesn’t need to be ugly. We’re here to help you. Dropping cables behind the wall or snaking them under carpet might seem like obvious solutions, but this isn’t always an option. Here’s a few tips to keep the floor piggy safe while remaining the envy of your neighbors and friends.Wire Tracks – This solution works great if you’re replacing all of your baseboards or molding. If not, the tracks can be difficult to blend with your current trim work. Track casing with a removable front panel is easier to manage than those with a single slot for cable entry.
Flat Wire – Another great solution if you’ve recently painted your walls or still have a matching paint color. Depending on your wall texture, you may have difficulty getting the adhesive to stick. If your wall color has aged, is difficult to match, or you’re not interested in painting, this solution is not for you. Bad cables need to be completely removed from the wall and can be challenging to change.
Cable Box – Home improvement and electronics stores sell cable solutions designed for heavy power usage. Boxes can extension cords, power strips, and a variety of cable sizes. The box can be mounted off the floor to keep out of piggy’s reach. Great for those who need a flexible solution where wire changing and moving can happen often.
Wire designs – You can really have fun with this solution and may feel so inspired you go shopping for longer cords for more complex designs. Don’t be fooled. This might look free and easy, but you should draw and measure your design on the wall before you begin hanging for the best results. Unfortunately,changing a single cord means a total redo.Braided Cords – This can be a beautiful addition to your home if done properly especially if you can find coordinating cord colors that match your decor. Be sure not to braid too tightly or this solution could be a real fire hazard. Changing a single cord can be challenging if this solution is attempted.
Baseboard Fencing – Not only is is absolutely adorable but it’s one of the more flexible solutions. The cables have complete access because of the open top. The fence has a country feel but simple squares or mirrored panels can match a urban designed interior.
With all wire solutions, it’s best to test all cables before hanging or hiding. Nobody wants to get to the end of a project and realize they have a bad connection somewhere. Keep electrical usage in mind and don’t overcrowd outlets or connections creating a fire hazard. Also, it’s never safe to leave your piggy out unattended. Paint, plastic and treated wood can still be dangerous to your guinea pig if they chew on them. Even with wires tucked away, you may find you need to hide the areas along the wall if you have busy pigs. Don’t underestimate your guinea pigs’ ability to get into trouble in the least likely manner.
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