You know what’s obnoxious? Cables. Cables tangled behind the computer desk in a giant, unmanageable mess. If you’ve got a computer system with several components, you have this problem. This article outlines a few easy ways you can build a solution.
1. Get labels on those cables
If you’ve got several similar looking power cords sharing a single power strip or a fair amount of identical black USB cables plugged into your computer, then odds are you’ve had to try to identify which cable is which by tracking it through a tangled mess to its original owner.
Labeling your cables can save loads of time and stress in this regard. Different colored tape works well. Simply wrap the tape around the cable every six inches or so and identifying which cable goes to what because easy as pie.
2. Bundling wires together
It is inevitable as you setup your system with multiple monitors, surround-sound speakers, keyboard/mouse, computer tower, and accessories; while you’re plugging everything in, a tangled web of wires will result. Bundling wires together is an easy way to neaten up the mess.
Once you’ve untangled your wires, get yourself 15-25 cable ties and begin to bundle cables together. It’s a good idea not to group all of your cables into one giant bundle. This makes future mobility for different elements of the computer difficult. A better way is to bundle according to purpose; bundle separately speaker wires, monitor cables, and USB devices.
Another important note to remember while bundling your wires is to not bundle anything you may want to detach later. Detaching anything from a group of cables means you have to re-bundle the entire group again. Components such as external hard drives and iPod cables are examples of devices you may want to just flow freely.
3. Use cord covers for long distance connections
The most obnoxious task in setting up your brand new 7.1 surround sound speaker system is dealing with the back right and back left speakers. Once you find a suitable spot to set them up, you’re left with a long cable running across your floor or along your wall.
Hiding these wires is best done with cable covers, which can subtly run along your walls or floor and are fairly cheap to purchase. As an added bonus, guests won’t be tripping all over your wires and yanking the speakers everywhere.
4. Wind excessively long cables
This is perhaps one of the easiest ways you can control your wiring problems, and one of the most necessary. With the same cable ties used to bundle your cables together, simply tightly wind up excessive and unused cables that would normally snake along the floor under your desk, then tie off. You will be amazed at how something simple like this reduces and eliminates all tangles. Another quick hack is to use an empty toilet paper or paper towel tube and slide the coiled wire inside.
5. Get those cables out of sight and out of mind
If you’re really out for a clean desktop look, you’ll want to get those wires as out-of-sight as possible. There are a few tools you can use to help you accomplish this. First, I’d recommend taking the above steps to untangle and organize your cables first.
Now that you’ve regained control over your cables, one thing you’ll want to do is get them off the ground. One product I’d highly recommend is the Wire Mate. With a product like this, you can both coil your extra wire and get it neatly out of the way and hidden. Another solution is to use a cable basket, which can be mounted on the back side of your desk. this will funnel all of your cables into your power strip without them draping behind your desk in every direction.
Another alternative to hiding your cables behind your desk by keeping them off the ground is to hide them behind a small wall. A piece of cheap black veneered chipboard will do the trick. If black isn’t your cup of tea any room-matching color will do.
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