Everyone knows the problem: under the desk, behind the TV furniture or next to the Internet and telephone connection, the cables of electrical appliances curl, tangle and knot.
The tangled cables not only look ugly – exposed cables can also be a dangerous tripping hazard. It is therefore all the more important to hide the cables in order to finally bring order to the chaos.
1. Use Cable Ties
It is inexpensive, practical, and easy to use: the cable tie. With the plastic loop, cables that are too long can be put together or pulled together in loops. On the other hand, you can tie several cables together in one strand that runs in the same direction. Anyone who attaches a cable tie every 50 centimeters creates a lot of order.
2. DIY Cable Ducts
So-called cable hoses and ducts as well as corresponding cover strips can bring order to cables that have gotten out of hand. They are useful when several cables lead to the same socket. The helpers are available in different designs, colors, and sizes:
Hose: Hose This elastic hose can be opened at the side or in the middle so that the cables can be inserted. The hose is then closed again. The only disadvantage: The cable hose is still on the floor and can be a tripping hazard.
Cable duct: Although it is not elastic, it is self-adhesive and can be attached to the wall of the room or to the floor above the baseboard. The cable duct is recommended for long cables that run along the wall from one corner of the room to the other. Similar to the cable hose, several cables can also be easily hidden in the cable duct. If desired, the mostly white, square cable duct can simply be painted over and thus adapted to the look of the room.
Cable Cover Strip: What’s the best option for hiding cables on a wall-mounted TV? A cable cover strip. It is attached to the wall with screws or dowels. The advantage: Like the cable duct, the cover strip can be painted over or wallpapered to match the wall.
3. Decorative Cable Boxes and Collectors
How do you hide cables on the desk? In a decorative cable box, also known as a cable basket or
cable collector. Cables, as well as entire distribution or collective sockets as well as power packs and charging stations, disappear there.
The most oval box or crate made of plastic has side slots or holes for the respective connections of smartphones, notebooks, or desk lamps. The clutter of cables disappears inside the practical cable box.
4. Cable Clamps: Practical But Visible
The inconspicuous clamp made of plastic is also known as a nail clamp or nail clamp. It attaches the cable to the wall, usually on the rubbing or baseboard, under the ceiling, or around the door frame.
The advantage: cable clamps are inexpensive and easy to use. All you need is a hammer and a bit of skill to hold the cable in place. The disadvantage: The small clamps do not hold in all walls and are only suitable for thin cables. In addition, the cables are still visible.
Our tip: If you still want to “hide” the terminals with the cables, you can paint them over or paper them over. Or you can do it the other way around – and make both the cable clamps and the cables an eye-catcher on your room wall.
5. Stationary Cable Holders or Trays
If you use a laptop instead of a PC, you can leave the connection cables to the stationary mouse, the additional monitor, or the network cable neatly in place. There are cable holders or trays that can be attached to, on, or under the desk. When you come home with your laptop, all you have to do is plug in the well-sorted cables and the home office is fully operational again.