Until a few weeks ago, my work desk looked like a mini hurricane just went through it. There was a big spool of wires next to the computer case, and another mess of wires littering the desk. Probably the worst thing was that my headphones were held in place by Command clips. Sigh.
That's when I realized that cable management is not an easy task. It requires a lot of planning and patience to see the results bear fruit. But let me tell you, once everything is in place you’ll appreciate your efforts for a clutter-free look.
So, if you’re someone who is looking for the best cable management solutions, here are a few items that will help declutter your workplaces.
Let’s jump straight in.
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1. Under Desk Cable Organizer Tray
If you have plenty of wires running the length of your desk, the best option is to invest in some quality under desk wire baskets. These need to be screwed into place and can handle a lot of items like power strips and laptop adapters, among others.
Wirerun’s wire trays come in a variety of sizes and are strong and sturdy. If you have a wooden table, you can easily mount them to the roof or to the side. These trays are priced starting at $17.92.
Wirerun’s Cable Manager are one of the popular wire trays in the market.
2. J Channel Raceway
J Channel Raceways are another way to hide thick cables and messy cords. Unlike the one above, you needn’t screw them. Instead, you can mount them easily to table sides or under with adhesive tape.
SimpleCord’s J Channel Raceways are ideal for both home and office. All you need to do is stick it to a clean surface and put the wires through the opening at the top. Add a couple of zip ties to tie the cables, and you should be sorted.
The design affords you flexibility, as you can mount it both vertically and horizontally.
It's worth noting that many users have praised the strong adhesive of this raceway. It'll cost you $22.99.
3. Cable Sleeve and Tubing
While J channel raceways help achieve a clean look, they may not be ideal for all setups, especially if you're want to set a TV unit. In such situations, cable sleeves or tubings prove to be convenient alternatives. These come in many colors and blend well with the wall.
If you're looking for bendable tubings, you can give the ones by Joto a shot. They cost $16.99 and are around 19-inches long. Plus they come with a zip. For better cord management, just tie a couple of reusable velcro ties and then zip up the casing.
IKEA’s Uppleva cable cover strip is the perfect answer if you're hunting for a more permanent solution.
The good news is that you can paint or cover it with a wallpaper to match the rest of the house. And, they cost only $17.99.
Resting your precious pair of headphones on your monitor not only looks unprofessional but it also lends a shoddy look to your desk. Answer: Headphone Stands. A quality stand not only saves space on your desk but also adds a clean look to it. More the better if the headphones are wireless.
We recommend the headphone stand by New bee. It has a clean design, is sleek and can hold the weight of most headphones. Plus, at $8.99, it doesn’t cost a bomb.
If a standing headphone mount is not your thing, you can opt for an under table mount. They work the best if you have a pair of wired headphones that you can connect to your PC's cabinet and hide the wires. Plus, they conceal the headphones from plain sight.
Elevation Lamp’s headphone mount is one of the most highly reviewed mounts on Amazon. Named The Anchor, it has over a thousand user reviews and is rated 4.5 stars. Furthermore, it comes with 3M VHM adhesive for the stand to easily stick at the underside of your desk.
The Anchor can hold two headphones at the same time.
The Anchor is priced at $11.95.
6. Earphone Holders
Want to keep your wired earphones tied up nicely? If yes, the Brainwavz Earphone Hanger Holder is a perfect choice. They come with 3M adhesive tape which you can either stick to the back of the monitor or to your desk's edge.
But if you’d rather have a small cord winder, without the hassle of stuffing all the wire inside, you can opt for the one by ELFRhino. It is a small silicon case where you can simply wind the long cords around it and button it down. Hey, tangle-free world!
ELFRhino makes a variety of silicon holders in a range of colors and is priced at just $4.99.
7. Cable Ties
Would I be wrong If I say that cable ties are the building blocks of cable management? I doubt so.
TR Industrial cable ties come in many shapes and size and are available for just $6.99 for 100 pieces. These, again, are highly reviewed items with many users praising their strength and durability. So yeah, if you buy a pack, they'll last you a long time.
Each pack of the TR Industrial cable ties contains 100 ties.
The only thing you have to keep in mind is not to tie them too tight.
Cool Tip: Check the length before you hit the buy button. You may want to get heavy duty and long ties for thicker cables like HDMI cable and power cords.
8. Wire Clamps
Wire Clamps are more of a permanent solution since they need to be drilled or hammered to the wall or table surface. If you have out of place LAN wires or telephone cables, you may consider the Parth Impex clips. Priced at $$9.95, these come in many sizes to cater to cables of different thickness.
The eBoot’s Cable Adhesive Clips come with 3M adhesive and a set of 50 pieces cost about $13.99.
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10. Charging Cable Holders
Alright, so far you've sorted the power cord and HDMI cables. The headphones will rest safely on the stand, and the wire from the UPS is clamped to the roof of the desk. But what about the charging cables? Surely, you can’t have them spoil the look of your desk now. For them, you can use Cable Holders.
Toysdone’s Cord Holder has five slots that can be used to hold the ends of your wires and cables. Just stick it to the edge of the desk, and you are good to go. Whenever you need a cable, just pull it towards you. Once done, you can just put it back in the holder. That's a smart way to have all your wires in one place than have their ends dangle around.
The Toysdone cable holder doesn’t have a sticky pad at the bottom. However, you can always make them work with a 3M double-sided tape. It's priced at $7.99.
11. Cable Management Box
A power bin comes in handy if you can’t attach raceways or cable organizer trays to your desk. These bins let you put unsightly items like power strips inside it and thereby hiding the clutter.
The NtonPower Cable Management Box is priced $16 and measures approximately 12 inches x 5 inches. It can easily hold a medium size power strip in it. So you can place it on the table's edge, plug your essentials adapters, cover them and forget about them.
The NtonPower Cable Management Box is made of heat resistive material and does a great job of hiding ugly cords and cables.
Clean Desks Are Cool
The double-sided 3M mounting tapes can come in handy to stick the power strips or a USB Hub under your desk. Note that cable management requires planning along with the products we recommend. So you need to check for space under your desk to get that clean and minimalistic look.
Next time you see cable and wires mounting up at the bottom of the desk, you know which products are going to help you out.
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