The Secret To Cable Management!

One question I get often is how I cable managed my desk. I have gotten a lot of oohs and aaahhs from my desk setup. If you have not seen it make sure you are following me on Instagram. There are social icons on the right of this post. My setup is simple. I have a few devices on my desk that have wires. This includes my Monitor, HDMI cable, keyboard, speakers, Moto 360 charging dock, and my Macbook Pro charger. The way I have cable managed them are simple and I figured I would point out some tips and tricks. 

One big help is having a desk with a net underneath it. The net is used to travel cables through. My surge protector and all my devices that use power (except for my PC) are under the net. If you don't have a net there are a ton of ways to build one using a fish net and some good ole fashion adhesive or screws to hold it down....just don't drill through your desk installing a net. 

Zip ties are your best friend. If you are traveling cables in the same direction, its best to use some zip ties. This avoids clutter. If multiple cables are scattered around in the same area it just looks messy. A perfect example would be using them for your monitor. On the back of my monitor is the HDMI and power cable. I have them zip tied at their meeting point. What I mean by meeting point, is when the two cables can actually touch each other while still being plugged in. They travel down on to the back of the desk. If you own a wired keyboard or mouse this is a perfect opportunity to zip tie all three or four together. 

Zip ties are also very important when it comes to the back of your PC. On the back of my PC are the cables for HDMI, PSU, keyboard, audio cable, Those are met with a zip tie at their closest meeting point. I find it best to zip tie every foot. Also think about the color of zip ties you are using. If all your wires are black, use black zip ties. If all your cables are white (Mac users) use white zip ties. 

Cable tie mounts are my personal favorite with desk setups. You run the cable tie though the mount. You than zip tie the wires and place the mount where you need it. The back of the mount is covered with adhesive, so it sticks on the desk very well. I have came across mounts that are low quality and the adhesive isn't very strong. Do some research before buying them. 

Having the surge protector in a net is a huge bonus. There are other alternatives. On the back of most surge protectors are mounting points. I am not a fan of putting holes in walls or desks unless I need to, but to hide a giant surge protector it might be worth it. There are also cable management boxes that you can literally place the surge protector inside and run the cables through a little hole. 

There are hundreds of cable management accessories out there. These are some of the more simple and affordable ones. There are people who drill holes through desks and walls to travel cables through and while it might be a bit more appealing to the eye, but it is a much bigger inconvenience if you ever need to move things around. 

Cable management is not a big deal to a lot of people out there. In all reality, it shouldn't be. Odds of people coming to your house to see if you have cables showing are slim to none. Its more appealing to the ones who are recording videos and have an audience where people can admire the work put in to the setup. The majority of friends that come over don't really pay attention to cable management. Half the time I end up starting a convo on how I managed my cables, and in the process I look like an idiot. 

Hopefully some of these tips and tricks will help some of you out. What are cable management tips? Hit me up on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with your ideas. Be sure to subscribe on my website. 

 

Robert Bassett