If you’re anything like us you’re a fairly tech-obsessed bunch, and with every new gadget comes new cords and cables. This can mean our desks, bedside tables and entertainment areas turn into a jumble of electrical spaghetti – not so pretty. We’ve found some solutions!
Most power strips come with mounting holes for screws so you can get all those charging points off the floor. Find a hidden, but easily accessible spot to mount your charging station – behind or underneath a desk or table is good.
Another great option is to drill a hole in the back of the top drawer of your bedside table, desk, or entertainment unit so you can place a power strip inside the drawer. Then you have a hidden gadget charging station.
Routers are essential, but ugly. Find a decorative box to hide it in and cut a hole in the back for the cord, stash it inside a hollowed-out book, or hide it inside a nice binder. If you’d rather your router wasn’t inside something place it on your desk or bookshelf with a nice photo in a frame in front of it (make sure the cords are hidden away behind the bookshelf).
Spaghetti time! Hiding cords is all about bundling, hanging and concealing. The simplest way to bundle and hang your cords is with bulldog clips. First hammer small nails or hooks along the back of your desk, then bundle your cords together and clip them with the bulldog clips. You can then hang the bulldog clips from the nails. Voila! Hidden cords. If you only have one or two thin cords to hide behind your desk you can use small adhesive hooks or cord clips for a non-permanent solution.
If you prefer not to have your cords going over the back of the desk your can drill a hole in the desk behind where your computer sits. Then your cables can be bundled and organised out of sight below the desk top with hooks or clips.
There are a few ways to disguise cables going from power points to lamps and electronics. You could put in a false skirting board for the cords to hide behind, put them behind wire covers painted the same colour as your walls, or switch out your regular speaker wires for low-profile flat wire that you can run under the carpet.
If you own your home (or have a very lenient landlord!) you can also hide your cables behind the walls. If you’re good with tools you can DIY, or just get a handyman in to do it for you.