In addition to making the area much neater, it also makes it easier to vacuum or sweep.
No wires to get in the way...
Step 1: What You Need
Tools for this project:
Drill & Bit
A rotary cutter or possibly a jigsaw
Step 2: Cut and the Pipe and Attach Scrap Wood
I cut my length a little long on purpose to about 42".
In order to cut the long slit, we need something to hold the pipe in position. Otherwise it will move or roll and then our slit looks wavy or really bad. I used some 1x2 scrap and simply screwed the pipe into the wood.
The wood will be acting as a "Carrier" for the pipe.
Step 3: Cut a Slit Opening
I used a rotary tool - a router. From the picture the function of the carrier wood becomes obvious. I used a straight flute bit. NOTE: Take care not to have the bit raised too high. You only need to cut through one layer of the PVC wall. ALSO IMPORTANT: If you have the bit too high, you risk hitting the screws which are holding the pipe to the carrier board.
After measuring and eyeballing about 10 times, just cut it.
Step 4: Drill Some Mounting Holes
Step 5: Mount the Pipe
Step 6: Tuck in the Wires You Want to Hide.
Step 7: Before and After Pictures
Step 8: Extra Suggestions
I'm going to use schedule 20 PVC pipe.
Cut a thinner slit down the length of the pipe.
In this instructable I used schedule 40 - because it's what I had laying around in the garage.
A thinner pipe and a smaller slit would probably work better as you could "flex" the slit open when putting in cables.
Then, the pipe would "pinch" back into it's natural position.