Filed under: Braided Sleeving, Cable Management, Cable Ties, Clips and Grommets, Cable Wraps
As tempting as it may be to just throw all your cables in a tangled heap in the corner, you know you’re going to regret it the second you have to actually locate a specific cable to remove or rearrange anything. There are a number of organizational options available for even the laziest of individuals when it comes to cables and wiring. Here are just three solutions that can be used for your home or office.
Simple Cable Management Solution Options For Home and Office
The first solution is the always popular cable ties. These are specially designed fasteners that loop around the cables with the end pulled through the head hole locking it in place. They are available in a number of different types made from different materials including nylon, Velcro, and metal. There are reusable and mountable options available as well. You could probably even use them for things that aren’t cables, if you want. We won’t judge you like that woman at the garage sale on The Simpsons. These are an excellent option for securing your cables and are available in a wide range of colors if you’re into being flashy.
A veritable rainbow of utility.
Next up, we have cable clips. Like the name suggests, these are small clips that clamp or twist around the cables secure your bundles as needed. They can attach cables to walls or other surfaces, and can securely hold the cables in place at all times. Like ties, they’re available in multiple colors and designs to suit many different types of cables, but unlike most ties, they can usually be easily opened without destroying them, allowing for easy repositioning if you need to move your cords around. They’re like hair clips, if your hair was thick and made of rubber tubes that housed copper wiring. Which maybe it is, who am I to judge?
Like this, but less creepy.
Finally, we have cable wraps. Much like cables themselves wrap around and protect the copper wiring within, these wraps protect bundles of cables, like those Russian dolls that fit inside each other. Except the wraps actually serve a functional purpose. They come in many different varieties, from the stiff raceway to Pet wrap braided sleeving. Raceway is nice because it’s mountable and can be painted to match its surroundings, but its stiffness limits the amount of cables you can actually fit inside. Braided sleeving, on the other hand, is flexible and can expand to fit more cables within, but it’s not quite as camouflaged as the chameleon-esque raceway.
Pictured: the same thing, basically.
Alright, so I’m technically violating my Strictly Product Review policy for the second week running, but there’s one more giveaway we have going that it would be just wrong not to tell you about: from now through July 31st, 2012 (that’s only 1 week away – yikes!), if you like us on Facebook, leave a comment and fill out a quick entry form (click here to do all three), you’ll be entered to win a free Home Theater Cable Management Kit that we’ve put together just for the occasion.
The main reason I’m getting the word out is, in fact, because the products in the Home Theater Cable Management Kit are pretty standout, and a few in particular are downright killer. The heavy-hitters may even be items that you’ve always loved the idea of, but could never bring yourself to shell out for. Or maybe you didn’t even know they existed. Anyway, now’s your chance to win everything you need for the kind of DIY home theater organization that will make your setup look professionally finished.
The kit includes my two favorites, a flat panel wall mount and an HDTV cord cover, as well as Velcro® wraps, cable clips, raceways and braided sleeving to fine-tune your cable management. But like I said, the flat panel mount and cord cover are my favorites. The screen mount is self-explanatory and it’s desirability is probably obvious, but let me tell you about the HDTV cord cover.
You know when you sometimes see a flat screen TV that’s been wall mounted, and it should look really cool, except that there are wires trailing down the wall below it, and they sort of wreck the whole effect? That’s what the flat screen cord channel is designed to tackle, without you having to actually run your cables in-wall. It installs right onto your wall to cover up and camouflage home theater cables, so all you really see is uninterrupted wall space – you can even paint it for a perfect, seamless match.
So what are you waiting for? This is your chance to get a flawlessly organized and finished home theater without spending a penny or agonizing over product choices. Enter now so you don’t miss out!
Don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I love Velcro™. Ever since I was a shoelace-challenged 4 year old who found out that pressing and ripping was a lot less stressful than lacing and tying, I’ve been hooked. And you’ve gotta love that melodious tearing sound. But I just found out that Velcro goes beyond sneaker fasteners, double-sided tape and cable wraps – these days, it also comes in dots.
Yes, dots. Or spots, little circles, round blobs… whatever you want to call them, these things are cool. They’re basically little rounds of double-sided Velcro™ tape. They come in pairs: one dot of hook (the sharp stuff) to one dot of loop (the softer, fuzzy side). Stick one to a surface (like a wall) and the other to an object that you want to stick onto said surface, then just line up the dots, press, and let go – it’s stuck! Simple, I know, but definitely something to get a kick out of.
Velcro Dots are great for kids’ rooms, dorms, classrooms, even offices – anywhere that you might want to hang things on the walls, but have the flexibility to change them when you feel like it. What’s really great is that they don’t leave holes like nails and tacks do, so there won’t be any spackling for you down the road. They’re also not likely to run out anytime soon – with 200 to a pack, you can connect the dots like it’s going out of style.