In this way you create order and avoid annoying cable clutter
Would you like to hide cables in your home or office to keep things tidy and to eliminate tripping hazards? Here you can find out which products are used to declare war on tangled cables and unsightly technical corners.
Dhe new television is finally hanging on the wall – but how can you hide the unsightly cable? Cable clutter is a common problem that pops up not only in the living room but often at the desk in the office, but luckily there are a few tricks you can use to get around. Because wherever there are cables hanging around, you can quickly create order with clever helpers.
Hiding tangled cables: the best solution for little money
The easiest way to hide cable clutter is to position self-adhesive cable clips * under or along the desk top. Frequently used cell phone or USB cables, for example, have a permanent place and do not slip under the table when not in use. The small clips simply hold the cables in place.
Hiding cables: wall and floor solutions
You may already have another simple solution at home: just use the skirting board to hide longer cables behind it instead of leaving them on the floor.
Tip: If there is little space, you can use flat HDMI cables *, for example.
If a cable cannot be completely hidden because it leads to the television or other device on the wall, it is best to use a cable duct *. These are available in different lengths and colors * so that they can hardly be seen on most walls. Thanks to their self-adhesive surface, they can be attached particularly quickly.
Tip: Many sets also contain brackets with which cables can be led around corners – this also eliminates dangerous tripping hazards without the cables having to be unsightly fixed to the floor, for example.
However, self-made solutions made of wooden panels can be even more elegant. These are mounted with a little distance from the wall so that all cables are hidden. The privacy screen can also set special accents in the living room with indirect LED light *.
Cable hose and cable duct: that’s the difference
As already mentioned, TV cables can be hidden by gluing a cable duct * to the wall. This solution is therefore particularly suitable for laying cables in the visible area. A cable hose, on the other hand, is often used behind the scenes to bundle several cables. This ensures order, especially at the desk, where computers, telephones, printers, routers and the like often cause cable clutter. There are variants made of neoprene * in black and white or made of rolled up plastic *.
Hide the power strip: Here’s how
But what if you want to hide not just a cable but an entire power strip? Then a cable box * comes into play: There is space in it for the socket strip and the individual cables can be routed through the cutouts. Depending on the equipment, the boxes are not only available in white, but also with a wooden lid * or an aluminum look *.
A combination of cable hose and cable duct with a cable box is also possible: Cables can come together in the box from above or from the side in order to be supplied with power from the socket strip.
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This article was first published on June 12, 2020.