7 Desk cable management
A tidy desk not only looks good, it also makes working and gaming much more effective.
But the cables of the technical devices is always such a thing. Do you just throw them quickly behind the desk or do you go to the trouble of sorting each cable.
But nothing destroys your setup more than heaps of chaotic cables.
I have to admit that until recently I also belonged to the sloppy type, but now I pay attention to neatness.
I explain the reasons why I decided to do this and what 7 tips helped me the most when sorting and laying cables in this post.
Before that, I want to show you a video that has been extremely helpful to me in doing my desk cable management and from which I could also take some great tips.
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Here is a small selection of possible helpers:
Why is desk cable management so important anyway?
1. design your system with foresight
In the beginning I can recommend that you don’t start laying your cables haphazardly, but first get an overview of your setup.
Every desk is built differently. Accordingly, there is no general solution for every setup. But with really any normal or gaming desk, cable management is possible.
Just take a look at your desk and you are guaranteed to come up with creative ideas on how to lay all the cables in the best possible way. After that, make a plan of exactly how you want to proceed.
It is very important that you design your desk cable management with the future in mind. Because things can always break or you want to buy a new product, then you need to be able to remove the corresponding devices easily.
For example, the use of reusable cable ties is essential. You should also choose the number of multiple sockets so that there are still at least 3 free places left.
You see, I made the mistake of just starting to lay cables and pack them into bundles. But in the end I noticed that I still have one microphone left, which also has to be integrated. Then I had to cut the entire bundles again and start over.
2. unplug all technical devices
After you know how you want to proceed with the cable laying, unplug all technical devices.
On the one hand, to protect you from electrocution, but much more so that the cables can be laid more easily.
3. use long cables
The use of long cables is also recommended. These are easier to lay. It may happen that a little length is left over, but that is still better than having to lay cables that are too short across the desk.
Especially with height-adjustable desks, you have to make sure that you don’t tighten the cables too much. Otherwise either the height adjustment function will no longer work or the plugs will be torn out of their anchorage.
That’s why I recommend you use cable snake for this. These adjust to the current height of the desk. With it you optimise your desk cable management optimally. Especially if your desk is electrically height adjustable, you should definitely take a look at the following model from Eisnhauer.
Eisnhauer cable spiral in aluminium silver
The elastic design is perfect if you have a height adjustable desk.
4. spare cables
If possible, you should also always save on cables. Because no cables means less hassle and a nicer setup.
For that, you’d better buy a wireless mouse and keyboard in the future. Nowadays, the response differences between a gaming and wireless mouse are marginal.
5. gather all cables into bundles
Also, your desk cable management looks nicer if you bundle your cables from mouse, keyboard, microphone, speakers, monitor, desk lamp, etc… together and not run them individually.
Reclosable cable ties - Essential for tidiness at the desk
For good cable management are Cable ties irreplaceable. They help you get the chaos back under control. You can also use the zip ties to attach notes and signs to each bundle so you can distinguish them.
But practically, there are also models in different bright colors, so sorting and marking the bundles is also facilitated.
I would recommend models that can be opened again easily.
Although these are more expensive to purchase than conventional cable ties, they are definitely worth the extra cost.
If you want to quickly change something in your setup, for example, connect a new monitor, you can then easily open the already existing cable ties and add the monitor cables.
I personally use these velcro cable ties*, which are amazingly cheap to buy on Amazon.
In addition, you can combine these cable ties together if they should ever be too short.
They are also very sturdy and super easy to open thanks to the velcro closure. Furthermore, it can be used to easily roll up and fix extra long cables.
Here are my resealable cable ties in use!
Cable conduits - Flexible and easy cable hiding
Once you’ve gathered the cables into bundles, it’s a matter of routing the bundles under or behind the desk. For the perfect result you wrap the bundles but first still in a Cable conduit. This looks even cleaner and tidier.
Here, I would reach for the best seller (10/30/19) from Amazon by Wertmann.
Neonpren cable conduit from Wertmann – Best quality at the best price!
The bestseller from Amazon convinces with high quality Made in Germany!
Cable ducts - Sturdy workmanship and clean style
However, if you’re more of a fan of stable and even cleaner methods, cable channels are just the thing for you.
Thereby you have the choice between models made of plastic, which are mostly quite simply with already in the set existing double-sided adhesive tape can be fastened, for it however not so stably hold. And sturdy variants made of aluminum, which, however, must be attached with screws and dowels.
If you want to attach a few single cables over a long distance, such as a LAN or HDMI cable, I would go for the cheaper plastic cable tunnels.
However, if your monitor hangs on a wall mount where all the cables of the monitor run under the desk to the PC, you should definitely go for a model made of aluminium, because aluminium is simply much more stable than plastic and looks better. At the same time, you only need a short cable duct for such a short distance, which can be purchased at a correspondingly low price.
You don’t have to worry about the size of the cable tunnels as they are available in any size.
Hama aluminium cable duct
When looking for a cable channel, my choice would definitely go to Hama’s product for the following reasons!
D-Line plastic cable duct with matching connectors
For hiding cables over a longer distance, this model from D-Line is ideally suited.
6. lay your cables invisibly
For your screens, monitor mounts are a good choice. This allows the cables of the screens to be invisibly routed along the stand arms to behind the support trunk. And from there under the desk top.
If you have a wired keyboard and mouse and want an extra clean look, you can drill a hole in your desk under your keyboard. Then you can run the cables through the opening and under your desk.
You will need an attachment that is as large as the USB port. Also, you have to be careful what material your desk is made of, otherwise it can easily happen that your desk top gets cracked.
Personally, I have not carried out this method for my desk cable management, because I consider this on the one hand from an optical point of view for superfluous and on the other hand if I want to use the desk times differently always have a hole in the plate.
Cable bushings look much nicer than a simple hole in the desk.
Cable feed-through and retractable multiple socket - elegantly conceal cables
It looks completely different if you drill a larger hole and sink a cable bushing there.
This has the advantage that you don’t need a perfect hole and your desk setup even looks much more professional thanks to this classy cable grommet.
In addition to cable grommets, I also recommend retractable electrical outlets.
You simply build these into the desk. Then you don’t have to lay the power supply cables so far and you always have several power sockets or USB ports available where you can charge your smartphone, for example.
When you don’t need the sockets anymore you can simply retract them and they disappear under the tabletop, making your setup look super clean again.
Novaato 2x noble cable grommets for a clean setup
This product from Novaato convinces with a noble look, a low price and a well thought-out concept!
Elbe retractable table socket with USB connection
When not in use, this multiple socket simply retracts under the desk top and is therefore invisible! This makes this product perfect for clean cable management.
If you don’t want to drill a hole through the desk top, the only option is to run the cables in bundles behind the desk and then fix them under the desk top. I will show you how this works best in the further course of the article.
Magnetic cable holders
For cables that always fall behind your desk, I can also offer you a magnetic fastening to the heart.
The affected cable is fixed to a magnetic clip. This combination is then held by another magnet or iron plate.
Magentic cable holders from Sinjimouru
The models help to organize USB cables on the desk and prevent tedious untangling of cables.
7. hide all power supply units, multiple sockets and overlapping cables
For this desk cable management tip, cable trays, adhesive pads and boxes are all great options.
With the help of a cable tray, you can easily vacuum under your desk and the bundles, multiple sockets and power supplies are no longer visible from the front.
I use the Signum* model from IKEA, which I can undoubtedly recommend for the superior quality and reasonable price on Amazon.
Cable ducts can be quickly and easily attached under the desk (Here my favorite model Signum from IKEA)
Adhesive base and double-sided adhesive tape- The best alternative to drilling holes
If you don’t want to drill a hole for a cable channel in your desk, you can fix the multiple sockets and power supply units with double-sided adhesive tape under the desk top.
Cable clips, guides, screw connections or clamps are suitable for the cable bundles . But no matter which variant you choose, it must be stable!
That’s why I would definitely recommend so-called adhesive sockets with cable ties. The base is glued under the tabletop and then the cables are attached to it with the cable ties. I have presented a good set and an excellent double-sided tape in the following.
Self-adhesive cable base with cable ties
The best alternative if you do not want to drill holes for a cable tray in your table. With this set you can hide all cables under the table top.
Double-sided adhesive tape - The indispensable joker!
If you use any self-adhesive cable ducts or pads, be sure to buy double-sided tape as well, as the standard adhesives usually only hold very weakly or do not stick at all once you have removed them.
This can happen quickly, for example, if you have not aligned a cable duct exactly at the first attempt and therefore have to detach it again. For this I can recommend the double-sided adhesive tape TESA Powerbond.
TESA Powerbond – The best double-sided adhesive tape!
With the TESA Powerbond your cable ducts, multiple sockets or other things you need to fix are guaranteed to stay in place.
Cable box - Clean cable management for lazy people
As an alternative you can also use a cable box and place them under or on your desk as appropriate. These boxes now come in many different varieties and materials such as wood and plastic, so some models look really classy. In any case, the box should be fireproof and easy to close.
I bought the old version of this model* made of plastic, which I can not recommend, because the outer walls of plastic bend at the slightest pressure by the cables and multiple sockets and the lid no longer closes properly.
That’s why I looked around for a new model and why I chose the box from Keepsort, you can find out now!
Keepsort cable box
The cable box from Keepsort convinces with a noble design and best processing quality.
There are a variety of ways to improve your desk cable management. Which method is best for your setup depends mostly on your components and your desk. For the best result, you need to try a few measures and then decide what you like best.
Would you like more tips on the topic of To learn how to improve your gamingroom, follow the link and you’ll be taken directly to my 5000+ word guide where I give a variety of examples of exactly how to go about designing your gaming setup to get the most effect with the least budget.
Lastly, I’ll show you how I did my cable management:
- Overview provided and plan created
- All devices switched off
- Cables combined in bundles
- Bundle moved behind and under the desk
- Ikea tray fixed under desk top and multiple sockets, power supplies and bundles put in it
- Devices connected
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