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DIY: Simple & Cheap Under Desk Cable Management

If you’re the average desktop user, the cables under your desk are hopelessly tangled like spaghetti. You could buy some of that fancy cable management gear that screws to the bottom of your desk, but those are really expensive.

So, how do you do it? With Velcro! I used Velcro to do my cable management, and now the bottom of my desk looks great! It only cost a few dollars and about 2 hours of my time. It’s a lot better than duct tape, because you can easily remove the cables when you need to.

BEFORE (above) AFTER (below) 1. Cables

This step is for most of the cables running under your desk. It’s pretty simple and works great!

First, clear your desk of all monitors, peripherals, and computers. Set them out on the floor in a place where they WILL NOT GET STEPPED ON!

Next, put the Velcro under your desk. Choose which side of Velcro you want to put on the desk. I used the fuzzy side for the desk and the scratchy side for the cables, but it doesn’t matter as long as you stay consistent. Figure out where the first cable will go and mount the Velcro under your desk. Then, using the other type of Velcro, wrap it around the cable. Then, you can just stick the two together and the cable will be hidden.

2. Mouse

Don’t use the above step for your mouse cord, because you won’t be able to pull on the mouse when you need to. Instead, clip a binder clip onto the cable, and Velcro the binder clip to the desk. That way, when you pull on your mouse, it can easily slide through the binder clip, but the cord will not be hanging down.

3. Power cables

Okay, I kind of cheated on this one. I used the BlueLounge CableBox to store my power strip and power cables, but you could just as easily use a shoebox. I put the CableBox in one of my desk drawers and just put all the cables in there.

4. Power cable labels

Remember the time when you unplugged your PC instead of your lamp? To prevent that from happening again, I labeled my cables (yes, that rhymes). My motherboard came with some SATA cable labels, but you can also use duct tape or masking tape to label the cables.

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