Ways to Organize Computer Cables
Posted on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at 7:00 am
Are you troubled by the sight of all those computer cables that are behind your desk? Many view the jumble of cables as clutter. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to organize your computer cables. Here are some tips to help you cut down on cord clutter.
Easy Ways to Organize Computer Cables
Which cable is which?
Having trouble trying to figure out what each cable is attached to? The way to prevent this problem is to label your cables. Add an identifying label to each one and you will never have to guess what they are connected to.
Save the plastic thing that closes up a package of sliced bread. It’s the perfect size for many cables and has just enough room for you to write on it. Or, you could wrap a piece of masking tape around a cable and use that as the label. There are also some products that you can purchase that are designed to be used as a label for your cables.
Under the desk basket
Lifehacker has a step-by-step guide, complete with photos, that will show you how to use an under the desk basket to clean up the clutter of cables that is behind your desk. Start by carefully plugging in all of your cables to your computer, hubs, external drives, and whatever else you have. Make sure no cables overlap.
Attach the under the desk basket to the back of your desk. Place your power strip in the basket, and plug it in. Once that is in place, you are ready to carefully plug in all of your cables. The basket will “catch” all the cords and keep them nice and neat.
Mount them under the desk
Instructables has another great way to reduce cable clutter. Mount them underneath your desk! This method requires a bit of skill and a desk that is strong enough to hold up all the cables and power strips. Follow the step-by-step directions on their website, or view their photos for more details.
A few simple methods
Unclutterer has a more simplistic solution. You will need some pipe insulation (which can be purchased from a hardware store). Make a slit across one length of it.
Plug a cord into your computer. Push the other end of the cord through that slit. Wind up the cord and tuck it inside the insulation. Push the unattached end of the cord through a small hole in the back of the insulation so you can plug the cord into a power strip. The clutter stays hidden away. Some suggest substituting a hollow “pool noodle” for the pipe insulation.
Others have attached a plastic rain gutter (like you would use on your roof) to the back of their desk. It catches all of the cords and prevents the jumble of wires from getting tangled.