How do you deal with all the cables?!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by amoda, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. amoda macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006
    I'm up to here *points to head* with all the cables around my desk and I'd love to know how do people deal with them?

    I've googled for some cable management stuff, but they're all big and bulky themselves. Anyone buy something small, effective, and ideally cheap recently to handle the mess?

    Thanks for any help!
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
  3. amoda thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006

    Small, check! Effective, check! Cheap, check! Hilarious too! I can't believe I didn't think of that!
  4. mwayne85 macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009
    That's actually a great idea. I'll have to try this.
  5. MonkeyET macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2009
    Coachella, CA
    I have gotten rid of the things that are unnecessary. The rest I have hidden in tubes that attach to the back of my desk. They are virtually invisible from the front of the desk. Cable ties keep them together. Everything that can be wireless, is.
  6. thewireman macrumors regular


    Nov 6, 2007
    This is great.
  7. milbournosphere macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    This page has some pretty cool and off the wall ideas regarding cable management...
  8. camomac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2005
    Left Coast
    that is one of the best ideas i have seen in a while..
    man, i got tons of those laying around. i use them for
    chip bag clips too. AWESOME!
  9. monokakata macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
    This problem needs more than bulldog clips . . . .

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  10. emaja macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I have Anthro's standard unit that has a built-in "trench" in the back of the base. It has holes so I can use cable ties to keep everything in that trench. I have a Dell monitor that has USB ports in it, so I don't have to worry about the clutter of cables for various USB devices.

    I then cable tied the heck out of everything. All the power cords are run down the side of one of the legs and cable tied to it. I have my stuff plugged into a UPS and that is also mounted below the desk. The only cord I now have is the power cord that runs from the desk to the wall.

    Plugged my laser printer into my Airport and the color printer is wireless.

    I just bought a new iMac for the kids and built a simple desk from IKEA. Lagan countertop with 4 legs and casters. I ran a Signum rack under it and drilled a hole to pass the cables through. I also cut a hole for a Belkin in-desk USB hub.

    In either case, there are no visible cables ruining what would otherwise be a clean setup.
  11. Giuly macrumors 68040


    Yeah, like cable ties and a proper administrator who know to do a structured cable management:
  12. R94N macrumors 68020


    May 30, 2010
    Usually I keep the chargers and transformers that I'm not using in two old plastic crates from Ikea with castors on them - I switch the stuff around under my desk a lot, instead of just leaving everything plugged in, but for people older than me (most people) I can imagine they might not be able to do it as easily, since I'm only small....

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