Filed under: Cable and Wire Storage, Desk Cable Organizers, Desks and Workstations
Ah, under-desk cable managers. I’ve always like them in concept, but it seems like they’ve missed the mark (just a little) in one way or another every time I’ve tried to put them into action. There was one where I just couldn’t get the finished product to look anywhere near as neat and attractive under my desk as it did in the picture on the box, and there was another one that looked terrific once installed, but had a very easy to move lid that couldn’t stand up to my accidental kicks and knee-bumps. Since then, I’ve pretty much relegated myself to tried-and-true wire loom, cable ties and adhesive cord clips. But I just met a new under-desk organizer, and I think that I may finally be ready to cable manage again.
The new cord tamer in my life is named the Cable Corral, and I love it for its simplicity. It’s basically just a steel basket that mounts to the underside of your desktop, giving you a place to stash power strips, peripherals and long cables out of sight – without affecting your connectivity. This is great for antsy desk-dwellers like me, who need to frequently stretch their legs below-desk throughout the day to avoid both muscle atrophy and general insanity. It’s always nice to be able to do this without getting a foot caught in a pile of cable slack, or accidentally kicking a power supply.
And installation is so easy – the Cable Corral screws right into the underside of your desk, and then you just pile in everything you want to keep clear of the floor and out of sight. No need to precisely bundle or wind cords, no cover malfunctions – just stash your stuff, and let your feet enjoy the newfound wide open roaming space where there was none before.
For those of you out there who are sick of getting your feet tangled in the pile of computer cables under your desk, may I introduce the WireMate™ Cord Organizer. This is a very popular choice among our customers with desk jobs, and I have to admit, there’s now one living under my desk, too. In the not too distant past, I used to regularly (but inadvertently) yank the ethernet cord out of my computer tower, simply because I would happen to shift my feet a few inches while they were immersed in the tangle of disorganized cords.
If “easy to deal with” and “completely concealed” are adjectives you’d like to be able to apply to your own computer or home theater cables, then I strongly suggest that you give the WireMate™ a try. It comes in two pieces: a base, which is equipped with hooks to coil your wires around, and a cover, which snaps onto the base to neatly conceal the cords within. Installation is incredibly easy, with no tools needed; just adhere the base to your desk, entertainment center, or wall (mine is attached to the wall my desk is pushed against). A nice benefit is that you don’t need to make any holes in your wall or furniture – the WireMate™sticks right to them with 3M™ double-sided tape (included).
WireMate™ measures 14″ x 18″, and is only 2″ deep when assembled, which is nice because it’s fairly low-profile, and doesn’t attract much attention – exactly what you want, right? You can also choose from 3 neutral colors (black, white, and gray), which blend very well into a variety of decors and color schemes.