A cluttered desk is not anyone's idea of a healthy workspace and can prove to be detrimental to your productivity. If you were to ask me, I would prefer to start my day on a speckless clutter-free desktop with no unsightly cable visible. Yep, no phone charging cable or notebooks on the desk.
In short, there should be nothing to distract me from my work. If you echo these thoughts and are looking for some clever desk cable management ideas and accessories, you have come to the right place.
Below are some of the best accessories for cable management. Here, we have covered it all — from unsightly under desk cable management tools to take care of dangling cables to neat tools to manage short cables and wires — you name it.
So, without further delay, let's get started.
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1. J Channel Raceway
I use a desktop, and one of my greatest pet peeves was seeing all the cables strewn around the underside of the table. There are two HDMI cables (I have a dual monitor setup), cords for the USB hub, and a card reader, and a USB extender. And as you may have guessed by now, the 'under-table' scene was terrible initially.
In such cases, a J Channel Raceway is the best solution. These simple tools can easily hide a number of cables and wires, thanks to the opening at the top, which lets you slide the cables into it.
One of the highly reviewed J Channel Raceways on Amazon is the one by SimpleCord. It's a pack of five 16-inch channels that can fit up to eight cords and cables of moderate thickness. Plus, they can be easily cut to any length to fit your requirements. You can either paste them to walls or the underside of tables or drill them in if you have heavy cables. And in the process, spruce up the looks of your desk.
These are made of quality material and can stand the test of time without breaking a sweat.
If you find J Channel raceways a tad too expensive, you can check out the cord management sleeves from Joto. These are neoprene sleeves that wrap around cables and wires to give them an organized look. Each sleeve measures around 130-inch and can be cut when needed.
Furthermore, you can also cut holes in the middle to let out cables should the need arise. The diameter of the sleeve is around 1.5-inch and should be good to hold more than five cables with moderate thickness.
Plus, the smooth fabric gels well with the looks of most desks and tables.
Another alternative you can check is the under desk cable management trays. These wire baskets allow you to have an open look. Plus, it's convenient to clean and dust, unlike the ones above.
If you often change the position of cables on your desk, it best to invest in slightly inexpensive cable straps such as the ones from Rustark. They have a simple design wherein the back adheres to surfaces like wood and metal, while the front has a zipper-like design that you can open and close as per your requirement to add/remove cables. Cool, right? Similar to the product above, you can stick them to the underside of your desk or walls.
Though the adhesive is strong, you can also have them screwed. Plus, these nylon clips are durable and can stand say-to-day wear and tear.
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4. Desk Cable Management Clips
Okay, you have managed the long, heavy HDMI and power cords. But what about small cables like phone chargers and wires like SD card readers? Worry not, there are tons of tools out there that let you handle small wires and cables with ease.
The Desk Cable Management Clips has seven slots to hold all your important cables like phone charging cable and data transfer cable. And the best thing is that you can stick it to the edge of your desk. Whenever you need a cable, pull it out. Yep, it's that simple.
It has raked in several good reviews on Amazon where users are praising its sturdiness and clever design. Note that it works well for cables measuring less than 5mm in diameter.
Once fixed, hide the rest of the cable with a sleeve or tubings for a complete look.
Another alternative that you can give a shot is the one by Toysdone. It's a tad smaller than the one above, but it does its job as advertised and can hold around four thin cables.
Though a row of cable clips sounds like a great idea, they do not offer the flexibility that is associated with cable clips. Single cable clips such as the ones by Blue Key World lets you route single cables quite conveniently. They come with double-sided tape on their undersides, and you have to peel and stick them. Also, they can be attached to a variety of surfaces.
Users who have bought the Blue Key World Cable Clips seem to be happy with their purchases as a majority of them gave a satisfactory rating.
Pro Tip: You can also stick them to your car's panel to hold your car charger's cable. Not only will it extend the life of the cord, but your car will have a clean and mess-free look.
6. Reusable Cable Ties
Cables and cable clips go hand in hand. If you have a slew of cables or planning to use a cable sleeve, cable clips are the ones that come to your rescue.
The Attmu cable ties are available in a variety of colors, which might help you distinguish your wires by color. Plus, the small hole at the end lets you loop the strip, thus making it easier to hold the cable in place.
These cable ties have seen plenty of good reviews. Users seem to like the versatility and durability of the product, among other things.
The Changsuo Cable Management Box has a bit of unusual design. Unlike the ones, which have slits at two ends, these one comes with a horizontal slit that runs the length of the box. The box is made of wood and adds a stylish look to your desk. If it suits you, you can also use it as a monitor stand too.
You can use the horizontal slit as the input while the openings at the two ends can act as the output slit. This arrangement will give a neat and minimalistic look to your office desk by keeping all the messy wires hidden.
That way, it will boost your productivity as there will be fewer things to get distracted by. No more blinking LED notification light, no messy wires. And well, the wooden product will spruce up the looks of your desk.
Too many power cables on your desk? If yes, you may want to try the Middleway Desk Power Grommet. It comes with two AC outlets and two USB ports, and you can easily screw it to the power hole in your cubicle desk. At 5.9ft, the power cable is long enough.
The USB ports handle current output at 5V/2.1 A, which is good enough to top up your phone at a decent speed. The maximum power output is of 1250W and should be good enough for most gadgets and even monitors.
The product is easy to install. However, you may need to drill a hole if the desk doesn't have one. Once done, it's as easy as dropping it into it and connecting to the power source.
So, these were some of the cable management accessories that will help give your desk a clutter-free look. You can pair these products with cool desktop accessories, and you can have a mess-free desk in a few days.
Of course, it requires a bit of planning before you make the purchase. For instance, you need to be sure about how would you route the main cables and power cables. Secondly, you need to plan how you want to route the smaller cables. Once you have the picture in mind, it won't take long to make a list of items you need and place the orders. After all, they are just a click away.
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