How To Hide Cords On A Desk

Cords are a frustrating part of electronics and if you have a lot of gadgets, you might have cords trailing all over the place.

So, if you’re looking at how to hide cords on desk, here are our top tips for getting them under control. 

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How To Hide Cords On A Desk

Cords Under The Desk

The best way to keep cords out of sight is to store them under the desk if possible. You can use many different products for this, but utilize that space effectively. Screw your power strip under there (unless using a wall socket) and then train cables neatly out of sight below the desk.

The more cable you can keep under the desk, the better. This will minimize the wires on top of the desk and ensure you don’t end up with cluttered, trailing cables everywhere.

You can use cable ties to hold the cords together in places where you don’t want them to move around, and to loop excess cable up so that it doesn’t get tangled or in the way.

Under The Desk Rack

If you can’t attach your cords beneath the desk, you may be able to use a rack that slots onto the desk. Most of these are wire cages, so you can easily thread the cords through them to get them where they need to be.

These are usually inexpensive and will hold as many cables as you need, without having to drill holes in your desk and get out a screwdriver and screws.

Tidy The Cable Ends

If it’s trailing cable ends you’re dealing with, you’ll want a solution on the top or the side of the desk. If you’ve got lots of things like phone chargers and printer cables that are only plugged in some of the time, this is a must-have.

It will also stop you from grabbing the wrong cord, or spending hours untangling cables that mysteriously seem to tie themselves in knots whatever you do.

You can buy beautiful wooden holders with small grooves cut in the side. Simply slide the wire of the cable through the groove, and the wider end (that plugs into your device) will sit in the holder. When you want a cable, all you have to do is grab the correct connector and plug it in.

Management Boxes

If you want the cables out of sight altogether but you can’t screw them under the desk, a cable box will be your best option. You can buy these in a range of colors and materials so you’ll easily find one to suit your home decor no matter what. Plain white may be the least obtrusive option.

Many can also be mounted on the walls, so you can position your cables wherever you need them. Simply coil up the wires inside the box, and then pull the ends through as needed to use them.

Plenty of these boxes have space for the power strip inside, so you can hide the whole strip and any and all ugly plugs, going a long way to tidying up the power situation.

Desk Clips

Maybe you want the wires actually on the desk instead. There are some great solutions for that, too. Desk clips are probably your best option; these are small, button-like clips that can be positioned anywhere, and hold a single cable in place.

Most are stick-on, making them simple to apply to the surface of the desk, and it’s easy to find a range of designs and styles to suit your tastes. Get one for every cable that needs to sit on the desk, and never have to fight the battle of knotted wires again.

Cord Protector

Finally, if a lot of wires run to one place (e.g. the back of a monitor), a cord protector can both hide and organize them. This will keep them all in one place, and also protect the cords from damage – great if you have cats or other nibbling pets.

This doesn’t work so well for multiple individual cables, however, so try the other options first.


Cords do not have to be the bane of your desk; get them under control with some of the simple and cheap options out there, and stop wasting your days untangling cable after cable every time you want to plug a different device in. A clean workspace is a productive workspace!

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