Cables hiding

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by DeafRaiders, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. DeafRaiders macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2012
    Caotbridge (outside Glasgow, UK)
    I have a bunch of cables behind my desk. all conencted I have
    • iMac Powerplug
    • Printer powerplug
    • ReadyNas power
    • 5x CAT5E cables
    • Router power
    • Modem power
    • USB slots power
    • Cables for USB (4 HDDs, iphone, ipod, Card reader)
    How do you guys keep your cables nice a tidy?
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I use these things. They have foam tape on the back and I stick them along the back of the desk and the desk legs then tie all the cables with zip ties.

    You can find them at Home Depot in the US.

  4. foobarbazqux macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2014
    Do you need to have so many things on your desk? Can you relocate the router, modem, and NAS someplace else (like a closet or basement)? That's what I do.

    Anyway, I have a cable tray underneath my desk in the back. Using that along with a combination of carefully routing the cables and using velcro cable ties keeps everything pretty clean for me.

    Pretty cool. I'll have to pick some of those things up.
  5. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    Minimize what needs to be on my desk. Modem and router is in the garage where cable comes into the house. Printer is in another room and LAN attached. The only peripheral on my desk is my Scansnap scanner. I also velcroed some devices to the back of my ACD - its power adapter, the CalDigit thunderbolt dock. My wife has a USB drive velcroed to the back of her iMac. Much neater and frees up desk space.
  6. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    I bought a desk with built-in cable management.

    It also looks cool.

  7. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    I have two custom-made expandable containers with a means to address storage of hardware and cable management that attach/mount under each of my two desks, and I use some of the open storage area in my standing desk to, well, store more stuff...

    There's a web page I've bookmarked that has a couple of really cool ideas that might help you brainstorm - check out the second image from the top (also the second and eleventh images in the series), while the last one is pretty nice too:

    Two of my friends use desk "skirts" to hide their cable mess from the rest of the world. I use Bushmills Irish Whiskey to get my clients to forget my clutter... :rolleyes:
  8. bubulol macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    You should try to hide cables with BlueLounge CableBox

  9. DeafRaiders thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2012
    Caotbridge (outside Glasgow, UK)
    Unfortunately my power extension is too big for that box. I managed to cable tie them up last night, still a bit of a mess. Might look at some of the items above in the future, bit tight on cash at the moment.
  10. bubulol macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    If you have some DIY skills, go make your own ;)
  11. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    I "Dress" cables for a living (OK, for some of my clients) and it's a simple matter of attaching them under something. That said, you can go too far and and overkill things that you'll end up pulling apart.

    Organize your wire, but don't Nail It Down unless you're positive it will stay for a long time. These days, wire changes too often.

    Just A Thougt

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