You’ve arranged your belongings and set up your computer area exactly how you want it—the only problem is that there are so many cords! A tangle of wires strewn across your desk can make it appear cluttered, and if wires hang to the floor, you may be creating a tripping hazard for yourself and others. Because you won’t be able to conceal your cords unless you have a good cable management system in place, continue reading for storage solutions to keep your space organised.
1. Cable catch
Install a cable catch at the back of your desk to conceal any wires that may be running through it. Sometimes all you need is a straightforward cable management solution. Cable catches should be placed on the back of furniture if you have wires hanging from your computer down behind your desk. These have the appearance of small circles with a slit running through the centre. Attach the flat side of the catch to the surface of your desk. Then, push the wires through the slit so that they run down the length of the desk rather than dangling. Finished!
Alternatively, if your desk is located in the middle of your room, this is a great option. From one side of the desk, the cable catch will be visible; however, your wires will not be visible from the front of the desk.
2. Holes in the desk
Make a hole in the back of your desk to conceal cables. If your desk is pressed up against a wall, it’s likely that you have PC wires dangling from the sides of the desk. Drill a circular hole into the top of the desk near the back of the desk to use as a permanent storage solution. You’ll probably want to do this right behind the computer, so that the hole isn’t visible from the outside. Afterwards, push the wires down through the hole so that they are visible below the desk. You won’t have any wires cluttering up the top of your workspace in this manner.
Pair this solution with a cable management tray, wire covers, or a cable management box to create a complete cable management system.
3. Compact cord protector
Wires can be hidden by placing a flat cord protector along the floor or along the baseboard. If your desk is in the middle of the room, you’ll have cords that you’ll need to run to the wall outlets to keep things running smoothly. Purchase a long cord protector and tape it to the ground with a strip of double-sided tape. Place the cord protector on the tape and press it down so that it lies flat. Then, insert the wires into the protector so that it completely encircles them. This method is also useful if your desk is against a wall and you want to conceal the wires that connect it to the nearest electrical outlet.
Keep in mind that if you place the cord protector in the middle of the room, it could pose a tripping hazard.
4. Cable management tray
Consider purchasing a metal or plastic management tray to be placed under your desk or table. You screw the tray to the underside of your desk or table, and it looks like a long compartment with a lid. Then, feed the wires into the compartment until they are securely held in place. When you’re sitting at your desk, you won’t be able to see the wires.
You’ll still have wires protruding from the ends of the management tray, but the tray will hold the majority of the cords, so you won’t have to worry about them being visible.
Additionally, if your compartment is large enough, you can conceal a power strip or surge protector within it.
5. Double-sided tape
Power strips and cords should be secured by sticking the tape to your desk or furniture. You don’t want to attach a cable management tray to your desk with screws. If you prefer a less permanent solution, you can attach a few pieces of double-sided tape to the flat side of a power strip. After that, press it against the back of the desk or underneath your table.. More tape can be applied to the furniture, and stray wires can be attached to it in order to conceal them beneath the desk.
In the event that you need to move the power strip, you should be able to pull it off once or twice, but the more you do so, the weaker the adhesive will become.
6. Cable management box
Make a box behind your desk and place it on the ground to conceal a large number of cables. It is simple to find attractive cable management boxes that complement the design of your room. Simply place the box on the ground behind your desk and insert your power strip or surge protector into the box to complete the setup. The cords should be threaded through the slits at one end of the box. The box should have a lid that you can place on top of it to keep the wires inside from being visible.
For example, you can find sleek black cable management boxes or simple white boxes with cork lids, both of which are available online.
7. Zip ties or rubber ties
Ties can be used to gather loose wires together so that they do not appear as unkempt. It’s likely that even after you’ve hidden the majority of the wires in a tray or box, you’ll still have wires running from the computer to the storage system. Tie together the hanging wires with plastic zip ties or rubber ties to make them look neat and orderly. This gives them a more organised appearance. The double-sided tape trick can be used to secure the gathered wires to the back of a desk, allowing you to conceal them even further.
If you are serious about organising your cables, you should purchase cable ties that have already been labelled. Then, using the appropriate cable, wrap each wire around itself.
8. Cable covers
Wrap wires in braided sleeving or split tubing to create a visually appealing grouping. It’s difficult to completely conceal all of the wires that run from your computer’s case. It will be easier to deal with the straggling wires once the bulk of them have been tucked away. Take a strip of braided sleeving or a piece of split tubing and use it as an alternative to a zip tie for something a little more decorative. Gather the wires and place them in the centre of the sleeving or tubing to prevent them from tangling. Afterwards, wrap the material around the wires to conceal them and give your wires a more finished appearance.
Instead of using sleeves, Velcro strips can be used as a simple and utilitarian solution. These are a little easier to remove and reapply as needed because they are a little thinner.
9. Binder clips
Get a bunch of thick wires and some office supplies from around your house and put them together. Take a couple of large binder clips from your desk if you don’t want to spend the money on specialised cable management items. Gather all of the wires that are dangling from your computer and clip them into a single bundle. Finally, pull one of the binder handles all the way back and press it flush against the back of your desk. Make a hole in the desk with a nail so that the binder clip hangs from it and conceals your cords.
Binder clips of a smaller size can also be used to gather thin wires. To join two wires together without attaching the clip to your desk or table is perfectly acceptable in most situations.
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