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Cord Camouflage - How to Hide and Reduce Cable Clutter

By Edited Feb 24, 2016 3 3

These days having multiple cords in your home is absolutely unavoidable. What do you think this is? The 1970s where the only cords you had to worry about belongs to the TV and the telephone? Now, for as much as we have embraced wireless technology, basically everything has a cord and they can be eyesores, trip hazard and more tangle ensnaring than your average jungle vine.

There are a number of ways to help organize, detangle and reduce cable clutter. Some of them are pretty obvious while other options are downright clever. For those making the commitment to cleaning up their cords, whether it is in their entertainment center, computer desk or just the random lamp cord that everyone keeps tripping over, here are a few ideas.

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Bundling and Labeling

Bundling and labelling are the most important factors in winning the war on cord clutter. Labelling really isn't so important in beating the clutter as it is for your own organization and keeping your organization in place. Say you've hidden all your cords away, but you need to unplug something. Unlabelled cords are likely to result in you ruining all your organization just trying to find the cord you need. Labels can be a piece of tape, an actual label or even a bread clip attached to the cord. Just something telling what it plugs into is a big help when it comes time to unplug something.

As for bundling, this is the best step to preventing tangles and fixing that unsightly cord bush that hangs under your desk or behind your entertainment center. Use something to make the cords form into a streamlined mass that you can easily move, twist and stuff into places to hide them away. However, do not use tape, this will make removing one cord from the mass near impossible. Instead use something non-sticky like twist ties, the stretchy top part from a sock or even ribbon if you want to get adorable about it.

For many people, bundling and labelling their cords then hiding them out of sight is enough. However, for the more difficult cords or those that want to go the extra mile, continue on.

Adhesive Hooks

For those single cords that you are trying to hide behind a table or furniture, consider small adhesive hooks. They come in all sizes these days, so you can pick up some tiny ones for pretty cheaply that will stick to an end table and keep that cord from dangling.

Binder Clips

This is an alternative to adhesive hooks that works with both single and multiple cord bunches. Yes, you can use the binder clips to clump the cords together so they don't run wild everywhere, but you can also clip it to the table and run the cords through the metal pieces. They are also handy in keeping cords that slip off from doing just that. Unplug your speakers or ethernet cable every so often then find it's slipped to the floor? These will fix that very common dilemma.

Desk Skirt

If you want to hide cords thoroughly with the least amount of effort, grab a piece of fabric and create a desk skirt at the back to hide the cords and the wall. Much like a bed skirt, it hides all those things you don't want others to see with a pretty piece of fabric. However, keep it away from the power outlet, surge protector and any plugged in plugs as it has the potential to turn into kindling in an electrical fire.

Make Some Visual Art

Turn those cords that dangle along the floor into some visual art. You can tape or carefully staple them onto the wall and, I don't know, slap some leaves on there and call it a vine. Okay, okay, that was half serious and half cheeky, but you can create some really cool things from a

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cord if you put your mind to it. Like this example that I stumbled upon (literally while using StumbleUpon) that used a PS3's cords to create a super cool and nerdy electrical pathway design like you would see on a circuit board. If you can't see something creative in your wires (and you actually want to do something creative with them and not just get them out of the way), call a creative friend and get their opinion (then heckle them for not being able to help).

Get Some Handy Floor Covers

D-2 Rubber Duct Cord Cover - 3FT Black
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Got a cord that runs along the floor because someone decided to put the cable jack in the most out of the way place possibly? You can try to stuff it into the edge of the carpet or run it over a doorframe, but it's best to just break down and get one of these handy covers. This piece of plastic covers the cord, not only protecting it from getting walked on (which is bad for the cord) but it stops it from being a trip hazard. This is what you'll see in most business and IT rooms around the world where cords are present en masse. It is a nice investment and you can even vacuum right over it.

Tape it to the Baseboard

Duck Brand 283051 Printed Duct Tape, Woodgrain, 1.88 Inches x 10 Yards, Single Roll
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Covering it with that handy covers not your thing either? Well, your last resort is to tape a loose cord to the baseboard and try to camouflage it as best you can. They make tape in all sorts of colors and designs these days (even wood grain) so it shouldn't be hard to do. In a pinch, you can always paint the tape so it matches even better.

Hate Looking at Your Power Strip? Cover It

The power strip can be an eyesore, to be sure, so why not cover it up. Grab a shoebox or go out shopping for a decorative box that you can cut some holes into with relative ease and place it over that power strip. Not unlike the desk skirt idea, keep the box as loose as possible so that it doesn't catch fire if your power strip throws off sparks or gets too hot.

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Comments

Mar 2, 2015 8:44am
Millsy36
I like the idea of make visual art. Very creative!
Mar 7, 2015 9:35pm
HLesley
I find cord clutter really scary. I think I have a cord phobia. Thanks for some really good tips to keep those scary cords under control.
Apr 30, 2015 9:22pm
shar-On
The cord art is one way for sure. Cords are a real pain in any room, you have some good ideas. Another problem I have is making sure which cable belongs to which product ie phone charges, gps, dash cameras etc etc. We have started using white out with initials so we know which charger and cords belong to which product.
You get so many different tech products it can be real confusing.
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