Cables, cables everywhere. We need them but they can be so unsightly if improperly organized. While wireless power and data transfer methods are growing in popularity, many applications still require a wired connection. I mean how else are you going to power your 3 monitor setup?
While we need our cables, having a huge mess as a result is not required. There are a few DIY ‘hacks’ you can employ to help manage your cables but you may find it necessary to purchase some accessories to aid in your pursuit of an uncluttered desk.
The following 12 accessories are a good place to start and will stop you from feeling ill every time you look at your mismanaged desk.
1. Reusable Cable Ties
Cable ties are a staple for cable management but traditional cable ties must be cut off after being fastened. These cable ties are reusable however, featuring a releasable latch. THis means that you can repurpose them whenever needed.
2. Multipurpose Cable Clips
Multipurpose cable clips are particularly useful for keeping important cables in position. For example, you may have experience frustration at having your phone charging cable fall off of your desk even though you would rather it remain there for easy access. For peace of mind, consider working this accessory into your cable management arsenal.
3. Dotz Cord Identifiers
Dotz Cord Identifiers are great for differentiating between different cables. They are especially useful nearer to the end of cables that are plugged in to your surge protector. Since many cables look similar, these identifiers can help you to avoid having to trace a cable all the way back to its other end before having the confidence to unplug it.
Cordies are another great solution for keeping your cable ends at bay and near to hand.
5. Wiremold C110 1-Channel CordMate Kit
Cable trunking helps to hide your cables as they run along a wall. This offering by Wiremold is self-adhesive and can be painted, making it easy to conceal.
6. DigitGear 4 x Neoprene Cable Management Zipper Sleeve Organizer
If you have unsightly cables running along your wall, these covers are a great way to conceal them. These covers aren’t difficult to install but they do require drilling into your wall for installation.
8. J Channel Cable Raceway
The J Channel Cable Raceway is a really simple solution for concealing cables. The opening at the top of this device makes it easy to install and access cables. It comes with a self adhesive back, allowing for various mounting methods. You can mount this at the side of your desk, on walls or even on furniture.
9. Bluelounge Cable Box
Cable clutter can also be a problem on the floor, specifically as it relates to surge protectors and power strips. To hide unsightly cables on the ground , you can make use of the Bluelounge Cable Box.
Essentially, you can place one or more of your power strips or surge protectors inside of this box to hide the clutter, or you can employ multiple cable boxes to help organize your floors better.
Cable Tie Mounts can be used in conjunction with conventional cable ties to route cables. Simply thread the cable tie through the loop of the mount, gather your cables together and fasten the cable tie.
This solution is excellent for headphones. Getting your headphones tangled up after fishing them out of your pockets is not uncommon and this is the perfect accessory for preventing this from happening.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. You may only need one of these solutions to improve your current cable management situation but have a look and see what works best for you. Also, if you have any suggestions, be sure to leave us a comment and let us know.