Any good ideas on how to hide the power strip?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by roisin and mac, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. roisin and mac macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2008
    ...other than the Cable Boxes by bluelounge?

    I hate cable clutter with a passion (bet I'm not the only one either). But what makes things worse is I'm currently stuck with a *tiny* living space, so any cluttered areas that wouldn't have rated more than a bit of mild irritation a couple times a month end up growing into these maddening clutter magnets that I'm confronted with several times a day. So I'm hoping to get some ideas or tricks or even product recommendations for how to deal with this.

    In terms of the desktop, I think I've done the best that could be done - other than a section of the charger cable and a Radtech Shortz for syncing, there's just the annoying USB for my WD Passport Time Machine (too broke for a Time Capsule).

    But underneath...oh boy. I've done my best to consolidate into ONE power strip and to make the whole thing more compact by keeping the excess lengths of cable coiled and bound with a bongo tie, but it's still really in the way - and I'm reluctant to coil up the macbook power cable, either side of the charger, so that adds to the clutter.

    I know there are power strips you can hang on the wall using screws, but it tends to be only those huge ones with some ten slots - I need only five! Plus, even if I could find one with fewer outlets, putting it up on the wall might get some crap off the floor, but it still leaves the macbook charger and extra cables and doesn't help with visual clutter. So that's out.

    I had high hopes for the bluelounge CableBoxes even though they were a bit more than I was hoping to pay, because I was thinking I'd finally be able to shove it all in then put it on the wall. But it turns out they're not made to go on the wall (and even if you can drill holes to the side, I don't know how). Plus, the mini is too short and the regular too long - doesn't fit in any of the nooks around the work area and would still be in the way. So that's out too :-/

    I know it sounds kinda impossible! but I'm hoping someone here might have been in my shoes and may have a few ideas to share. I'd be really grateful :)
  2. ender land macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2010
    What's it by?

    I've seen a few people tape them to the bottom of desks but I'm not quite clear on where your power stirp is.
  3. roisin and mac thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2008
    Right now, it's just plain sitting on the floor.

    by 'bottom of desks' do you mean on the underside, ie the reverse of the desktop? I've seen that, and it' IS nice and out of the way but some of the plugs that go in it aren't super-tight, so they could be dropping right out of the outlets all the time if the outlets are upside down.

    What did you mean by 'what's it by'?
  4. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    For my desk I have it behind the desk and have easy access to it to remove my laptop power cord. Now you can not see behind my desk so those wires are hidden. As for my tv entertainment center the same thing were the wires are hidden behind the stand but it is much harder to remove or add things to it but not like I need access to it.

    The last one is by my night stand but that is where I keep my chargers for my many devices. Wires hidden behind night stand.
  5. roisin and mac thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2008
    that's part of the problem actually - my desk is open at the back, so this won't work. I may not always be able to see the cables when seated at the desk, but I will be from anywhere else in the room - especially the floor which is where I typically sit to read, do crafts, etc. Not to mention if I lounge back in my desk chair the underside of the desk enters my peripheral vision, and then I WILL be able to see them :-/

    it's a wicked puzzle :p
  6. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
  7. ender land macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2010
    You might be able to tape the power strip to the bottom of the desk, then use zip ties or something to bunch the cords together, and run the power strip connection to the wall down the back of the desk leg.

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