Cluttered space makes a cluttered mind. Tangled cords, wires, chargers, and power strips everywhere on the floor can make a room feel cluttered. It’s a distraction you don’t need when trying to focus on your work. In this article, we will teach you how to hide computer wires in a home office using a few simple steps.
How To Organize Computer Cables and Wires?
1. Decide Which Cable Goes Where
When you need to plug in a multitude of cables and wires in your home office, you have to have an idea of the position of your desk, the power outlets in the office, and the equipment that needs to be plugged in. Start by asking yourself the following questions.
- How many power outlets are there in the room? Where are they?
- Where is your desk? Is this position permanent?
- How far is the equipment to be plugged-in are in relation to those outlets?
- Do you plan to move your computer, accessories, and cables around?
- Do you have enough plugs? Do you need an extension cord? Will you have to install floor electrical outlets?
From the info you get from the above questions, you can decide how to plug in your wires and cables to the power outlet.
2. Position Your Desk Close to the Power Outlet
The easiest way to hide computer wires in your home office is to place your desk closer to the electric outlet, preferably on the same wall as the outlet. This way, your power cords won’t have to extend a long way to reach the outlet. This makes sure that cords are short and not very visible. The office desk and chair will also help in hiding them from view.
3. Use Zip Ties to Organize Cables
Most devices have long cables that allow us to plug into a power outlet that is far away. But if you position your desk and devices close to the power outlet, then there is no need for long wires in your workspace. The easiest method to shorten these wires is to roll them up and zip-tie them to the back of the device.
4. Use a Hidden Drawer
Another easy way to hide your cables and wires is to store all of them in a drawer on your office desk. You can keep a separate drawer for all your cables. Then add an extension cord to connect all your devices. You can even drill holes in the back of the drawer to connect cables easily.
5. Minimize the Number of Cables and Wires
I know, this one seems quite obvious. But there are many ways to reduce tangled wires and cables in your workspace. These days, most office equipment has wireless features – so when you are buying a new keyboard or mouse, try to buy wireless options. The more cables and wires you can remove from your home office, the better your space will look.
How To Hide Computer Wires on Desk in Middle of Room?
Some people prefer having their office desk in the middle of the room, not close to a wall. This positioning makes it a bit difficult to hide all your wires and cords. But it’s not impossible. First of all, you can attach a power strip to the bottom (underside where no one can see) of the desk using adhesive tape. You can then attach all necessary devices to the power strip. The cord that connects the power strip to the electric outlet on the wall is now the only cord trailing across the office. There are two ways to get rid of this cord. One option is to install an electric outlet on your floor, near the desk. The other option is to hide it using a big rug in your home office. If not, you can simply cover the cord with a cord cover.
4 Creative Ways to Hide Computer Cables
Here are some creative ways to hide computer wires in a home office.
- Cable Management Boxes
A cable management box is a box that can conceal excess cables and wires and houses the power strip. It usually comes with a lid and a few entry and exit points for cords at the rear. D-Line Cable Management Box is a top-rated cable management box on Amazon and costs only $27.
2. Cord/Cable Organizer
As its name suggests cord organizer is a great way to organize your cables and wires. They come in different designs. SOULWIT Cable Holder Clips are cable organizers made of 100% silicone and help you keep all your tangles cables organized and easily accessible.
3. Cable Management Tray
Cable trays can be attached to the back of your desk and used to store your messy wires, USB hubs, and power strip out of the way. This is a creative way of keeping cords and cables in a neat and organized way. Cable Tray Under Desk by MurinoStore is a pretty neat and cheap cable management tray I found on Esty.
4. Desk With In-Built Cable Management
Some office desks, especially standing desks, come with features for cable organization. They have different mechanisms for cable management. For example, the Office Oasis Small Computer Desk shown below has an inbuilt cable tray and comes with zip ties.
Best DIY Cable Organizers
If you are someone good at DIY, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on cable organizers. You can create a cable box or cable tray by yourself. Here are some DIY cable organizers I saw on Pinterest. You can take inspiration from these photos and try to create one yourself.
Are you someone who gets annoyed by messy wires and cords? What do you use to hide long cables in your home office? Let us know in the comments below.