If you have a full-fledged work desk at home with a couple of monitors, printers, and wired accessories, you must already know that wires and cables can get wild. Apart from being an eyesore, an unmanaged system also leads to tangled wires, another headache. Thankfully, under-desk cable organizers let you arrange them neatly under your desk.
While all under-desk cable trays and baskets look similar at the first glance, let me tell you that they serve a variety of purposes and are meant for different types of cables and wires. After all, you wouldn't want a heavy-duty organizer for a simple power strip or a lightweight wire tray to keep the power adapters for your monitor right?
This post compiles a small list of the best under desk cable organizer trays and solutions. Let's get going, shall we?
The Monoprice Under Desk Cable Tray is a full tray designed to hold thick cables, power adapters, and power strips. It's is shaped like an open raceway, and the open design means you can add and remove the cables at your will.
It measures 24.4-inches in length and has a hole at the bottom to route your cables. The width is sufficient to place standard power strips to power your printers and monitors.
The Monoprice Under Desk Cable Tray attaches to the desk bottom via screws. And since it has a low profile look, it's not visible from afar. All you need to do is take care of the cables when it exits the tray through cable sleeve or cable ties.
The bottom line is if you do not want a power adapter or a power strip littering the floor below your desk, this one proves to be a good pick.
If you have a long track of cable and wires that you need to hide, the Stageek Cable Raceway Kit is an excellent choice. It's a server-rack like flat tray which you can stick to the undersides of your table. The best part is that you needn't buy adhesive tapes separately since the rack has pre-applied adhesives.
Installation is easy and straightforward. If you have slightly heavy cables and do not trust the adhesive strength, you can also use drywall screws to drill them in place.
The flat form factor means it's not built to hide your power strip or your surge protector, but only your cables. On the upside, the flat design ensures that nothing looks out of place on your table.
The IKEA Signum Cable Management Tray is designed to hold heavier cables and power adapters. If we talk numbers, this one can hold 22 pounds of weight. In terms of cables and wires, that's quite a lot. It has an open design and attaches to the underside of your desk via screws, thus keeping the front of your desk free to be placed against the wall.
A single unit measures around 27.5-inches, and it may be enough if you have a small desk. The good thing is that you can always combine two or three, depending on the length of your desk, to route and thread the cables.
Again, the low profile design means that the tray won't stand out much beneath the table, thereby giving the whole area a clean and clutter-free look.
The assembly is easy since you only need to screw it in place. However, since it's an upside-down job, quite a few users have had a few sore experiences with mounting it. Nevertheless, this IKEA cable management solution has attracted quite a few positive reviews, with users liking it for its durability and sturdiness.
But at the end of the day, it's not without its share of always. The open design means dust accumulations.
Another simple and straightforward under desk cable management solution is in the form of the Baskiss wire tray. As opposed to the IKEA Signum trays, these aren't meant for heavy usage. However, you can still use them to route the cables and wires from monitors printers or the UPS.
The best part is that the company ships a total of two units, with each unit measuring around 16-inches.
Like its counterpart above, you will need to drill the tray on the underside of your desk. Installation is a mix of easy and difficult since it's a little difficult to fix it in an already assembled desk. Nevertheless, if you are good with your tools, it won't take much time.
The Baskiss Cable Management Tray costs less than $30 and brings the best features, especially if you are looking for a long horizontal tray for your desk.
The Tap-Up Cable Box is an ideal and unique solution, especially if you have a small space underneath your desk. As suggestive of its name, you can tap this box to the underside of your cable. It's neither too big nor too small and is apt to store your monitor's power adapter or a small and compact power strip. This box can hide that as well.
Unlike the ones above, there's no drilling involved, neither do you need to stick any adhesives. It uses a clamp, and if your tabletop is around 2-inches thick, you can clamp the tap-up box to it. And if that was not enough, this nifty box also comes with a silicone cord holder to help you route and thread your cables.
This one measures around 13.8 x 5.1 x 6.7 inches. Both the width and the clamping technique allows you to put low-weight to standard weight items inside it.
At the end of the day, it also has its share of flaws. For one, the small spaces limit your ability to fold or route heavy and thick cables. Plus, the material may feel a little sub-standard considering the price.
On the upside, it's durable and comes with a neat set of instructions for installation. Since it has a closed design, you do not have to worry about dust accumulations and the likes.
The Vari Cable Management Tray is an excellent choice for anyone who has a standing desk. This one is shaped like a cable box with an open top. The highlight of this desk is its rotating handle, which makes way for easy access. Any time you want to add and remove the cables or the power strip, you have to pull it towards yourself and do the needful.
This one does away with the hassle of adhesive strips. Instead, you will need to fix it using screws. The latter makes it ideal for heavy items.
Again, like many cable management solutions, this box holds the cables and other electronic adapters. However, if you want a completely clean wire-free look behind the desk, you will have to take care of the cables making their way out of the bin.
Like its other products, the Vari Cable Management Tray also has a premium price tag, but it makes up for its premium looks and easy assembly.
If you are looking for more premium options, you can't go wrong with the S Stand Up Under Desk Cable Management Tray. This one is a long 48-inch tray that will easily run the length of your desk. This metallic tray is sturdy and has a solid build, and can easily take the weight of power adapters and power strips combined. And this has been backed by several users as part of their reviews.
The best part is that the sleek and slim look makes it easy to blend with most tables, be it a standing desk or the conventional table. It is attached via 8 screws, which at the same time, adds to the weight factor.
Since it requires four screws on either side, installing it can be a little difficult on pre-assembled desks. The ideal solution would be to flip the desk if possible.
Nevertheless, the S Stand Up cable management tray has attracted a decent number of user reviews primarily because of the sturdy design and shape.
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