No one likes to see piles of wires running across their office desks, floors, etc. It creates an unsightly mess and says all the wrongs things about your organizational skills. Furthermore, electrical and computer cords on the floor can trip you or your office guests, resulting in preventable accidents and broken bones.
Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as we’d wish to hide away those wires. The bigger the office, the bigger the trouble. So, we’ve rounded up 11 clever ideas to help you hide computer cords out of sight and mind.
Tips to Hide Computer Wire
Are you tired of seeing all those cords and wires strewn across your office floor? Here are some tips on how to hide them in a way that is both functional and stylish
Invest in an under-desk basket
Under-desk baskets are handy tools that screw to the bottom of your desk and hold all the electrical cables and extensions to keep them out of sight. The majority of them are made from stiff wires to avoid humidity issues.
Wooden cord and cable organizers
The IDEA wood company has come up with a clever wooden cable organizer that fits on the side of your desk and holds all the cable ends in one place to access them easily. The organizer also prevents tangling.
Hide computer cords in a basket
You may have realized that you only need a few cables at a time. So, why not tuck away the ones you don’t actively need in a basket and keep the basket close by? You can easily bring out the cables whenever you need them.
Keep them behind other objects
Alternatively, you can hide computer cords behind or under other objects to conserve space. For instance, run them behind the flower vase or bookshelf rather than allow the cables to crisscross the floor. The wires will be out of sight and out of mind!
Bring out the
If you decide to run the cable bundles behind other objects, one way to ensure that they run uniformly without entangling is to tie the bundle with zip ties throughout the length of the cables. Or, you can use zip ties to wrap your cables around the legs of your desk.
Cable covers are thin plastic strips with a flat backside that sits on the floor and a raised front face that accepts cables. Their main purpose is to allow cables to travel on the floor without creating a tripping hazard.
What about cable sleeves?
Cable sleeves are like zip ties that cover every inch of cable bundles. They cover all your cables from device to outlet. Instead of several smaller cables hanging separately, you get one large cable. It’s much easier to deal with a single cable.
Consider a cord cable channel
If you’ve installed an air conditioning system before, you know what we’re talking about. The cord cable channel is a hard plastic that bundles all your cables together and covers them along a solid surface, such as the wall. It’s typically pinned (not screwed) to the hard surface.
Use command hooks
As the name suggests, command hooks are hooks that you stick to the des, typically along the back or bottom down the legs, to guide cables from the monitor to electrical outlets and other destinations. The best command hooks are made from plastic for safety reasons.
Cables hooks work just as well
A cable hook will do the trick if dealing with just one cable. It is almost similar to a command hook but even better in that it is built to handle electrical cables. Install them along the back or bottom of your desk to run the cables to the destination.
A cable management box
Cable management boxes are small boxes that sit strategically on the floor, holding computer cables and electrical cords in one place, with only one outlet. They are specifically designed to hide extension cords. You simply put the extension cord in the box, plus the connecting cables, and close the box.
J-Channel cable raceways
J-channel cable raceways are almost similar to cable sleeves. However, you can attach them to a surface such as a wall for an even more organized office. An adhesive back means you can stick them to the bottom or back of your desk or even the wall.
Use duct tape
Finally, you may have realized that all the above items may require that you head to the store. So, what if you’re not prepared to go shopping just yet? Easy; go with what you probably have on hand – duct tape. Hold your cables together and bind them using duct tape, then use even more duct tape to stick the cable bundles under your desk and run them down the legs of the desk.
There are many other ways to hide computer cords and electrical wires in your office. You just need to think outside the box. Fortunately, you now have 13 ideas to get you started.