How to Hide Cables and Wires: Essential Cable Management Products for the Office

How to Hide Cables and Wires in the Office
How to Hide Cables and Wires in the Office

 

Desk Grommets
Desk grommets come in different finishes (Bronze, Nickel, Brass, Black) and accomplish the same great function: they prevent your computer or laptop cables from falling under your desk when they get disconnected. Make a hole/ or couple of holes in the upper corners of your desk or work surface and say goodbye to crawling under your desk to fetch a cable that fell on the floor. The PowerTap Pop-up Power Data Center Grommet gives you 3 power outlets and 2 Ethernet connections to make it the perfect desk grommet for your home office. We are also big fans of the Belkin In-Desk USB Hub for kitchen counters or office desks as it becomes a central location for all your USB-charging devices.

Cabledrop
I love these little CableDrop cable catchers that come in bright colors especially if you are unable or unwilling to drill holes in your desk. They are an inexpensive way to separate and manage cables, and prevent your network and power cables from falling behind your desk.

Flexo F6/Wrasse Cable Snake/Velcro® Straps/Adhesive Bases
These are some of the very first products I sold when I owned CableOrganizer.com. I was baby-proofing my home office and could not find any product to bundle my ugly computer cables so my crawling baby would not get tangled up in case she went exploring under my desk. The Wrasse Cable Snake is the easiest to use: it’s a fabric sleeve that securely encloses the cables with hook and loop closures. The Flexo F6 is a slit sock that lets you add or remove cables as you wish. You may need to use Velcro® Straps with it and some Adhesive-Mount Bases if you want to secure your cable bundles under your desk top.

J channel/Balt Cable Management Trays
J Channel and Balt Cable Management Trays are easy to use and can be installed quickly. They are typically used behind a desk that goes against a wall, but I like to use them under the desk, flush against the back panel of my desk, or screwed into the bottom of the desk top so all the wires are hidden and I can skip the wire management part.

Cable identifiers: Dotz
These are a must-have for the living room, media center and computer desk. Just clip the Dotz Cable Identifiers on the appropriate type of cable (printer, laptop, router, etc.) near both ends of the cable. I know the package only shows the Dotz on the cables plugged in a power strip, but when all power and peripheral cables are the same color and all bundled together, they can be hard to identify at the other end. When you buy a new printer, you need to know what cable to unplug to remove the old one. Do yourself a favor and double up on the Dotz. You won’t regret it.

Socket Sense Expendable Surge Protector
How many of us have had to use multiple power strips to plug in all the computers, printers, tablets and cellphones because the outlets are so close together that plugging in one device blocks several outlets? The chargers and converters don’t seem to be getting any smaller and the way power strips are designed, you can realistically use only about 3 out of 6 possible outlets. Socket Sense lets you expend the sockets so you can maximize the space and plug in more devices while getting them protected from power surges.

 

Kill-A-Watt PS Surge Protector Extension Cord
Last but not least, never ever plug your PC directly into the wall outlet. It should absolutely be plugged into a Kill-A-Watt Surge Protector . You can never predict when a power surge might cause you to lose an important document, or worse, that expensive laptop or piece of equipment that just set you back a few thousand dollars. You can’t afford to skip the surge protector. Be frugal on something else, where there isn’t as much at stake!

 

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