Organizing Bedroom Cables: Transform Clutter Nightmares into Sweet Dreams

BY: Christina Hansen


Ever flipped through the Pottery Barn catalog or Martha Stewart Living and sighed in despair, wondering to yourself why – no matter how hard you try – you can’t get your own bedroom to look quite as pristine and inviting? Well, after spending quite a bit of time gazing at those glossy pages ourselves, we at realized that it’s not about what those model rooms have – it’s what they don’t have.

Think about it… there are people in your house, and personal belongings, and maybe even a pet or two. But you never see any of those things in dream room photography. And do you know what else we can never spot, no matter how much we squint and hold the magazine up to the light? Cords. Or cables. You know, those things that real people in real houses use to plug in everyday devices like lamps, alarm clocks, and cell phone chargers.

We can’t really help with the people and pet-related clutter that stands between you and household perfection, but on the other hand, we do know a thing or two about getting messy wires under control and out of sight. It’s easy – just muster up a little creativity, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to follow our lead… the cables cluttering up your sleeping space don’t stand a chance.

Say goodnight to extra cord length

mess of cablescable mess cleaned with cable turtleNot only can long cables form tangled nests on the floor and detract from a bedroom’s restful décor, they also increase the mess factor by collecting loose hair and dust balls. One of the simplest steps you can take to de-clutter cords and cables around your bedroom is to shorten them to a length where they can comfortably reach the nearest power outlet, but aren’t long enough to land on the floor.

The solution? We recommend the Cable Turtle, a compact and flexible little cord winder that flips open so you can wrap excess cord length around its center post, then gently snaps shut to hide what you’ve spooled up. And have we mentioned how good it looks? Let’s just say that if it’s good enough to make it into the Museum of Modern Art’s design collection, it’ll definitely do justice to that lamp cord jumbled under the nightstand.


Conceal floor cords

wood grain cord protectorCovers aren’t just for the bed anymore. While we love down comforters and snazzy duvets as much as the next person, we think that cable-disguising floor cord covers can really add to a bedroom’s appeal as well, especially if you have wires meandering their way across the floor. Covering up cables not only makes them invisible, it also prevents them from gathering dust and reduces the risk of them being tripped over.

When it comes to cord covers, there are a couple of different styles that lend themselves to different types of flooring materials. For hardwood and laminate flooring, our favorite choice is the ChordSaver™, a removable-top cord cover that’s available in several wood grains and finishes (Dark Oak, Light Oak, Cherry and “Unfinished” Custom Stainable) to match just about any wooden (or pseudo-wooden) floor. Originally designed to discreetly hide microphone cords onstage, the ChordSaver™ is too fantastic not to use at home; it blends in like a charm, so all you’ll see is a wide open floor. And its dual non-skid backing keeps both feet and cables from slipping when it’s stepped on.

On the other hand, if it’s loop-style or Berber carpet that’s blanketing your bedroom floor, stray wires and cables can be anchored down and camouflaged with a carpet-friendly cord cover like SafCord. Woven of heavy-duty Cordura® nylon, SafCord is edged with strips of filament hooks that grab hold of carpet loops and don’t let go until you say so. It grips so well that you can even vacuum over it, and causes no damage to carpet – when you need to move it, just pull it up and smooth it down over cords in a new location. SafCord comes in inconspicuous shades like black, gray, blue and taupe to disappear right into your decorating scheme, and can be cut to the perfect length with nothing more than a pair of scissors.


Route cables along the lines of your furniture

One of the best cable-hiding options out there is something you already own a bedroomful of: furniture. Because dressers, nightstands and headboards are usually placed with their backs to walls and are more often than not in close proximity to power outlets, they’re naturals for concealing wires – with a little help from adhesive-backed cord clips, that is.

Working along the furniture’s contours, just stick cord clips onto the back surfaces of bedroom pieces (don’t worry – no one will see them), fasten wires and cables into them, and voila – cords go from Point A to Point B without hanging messily below or down the sides of your furnishings. This is a terrific way to manage the cords of bedside table lamps and clip-on headboard reading lights.


Give cell phones and small electronics their own bed to recharge in

desktop electronic charging stationIf you’ve found that the top of your dresser or nightstand has become littered with cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players and their charging cords, it’s time to reclaim the bedroom territory that’s rightfully yours and put your electronics down for a nap in a place of their own – namely, a multi-device charging station.

Charging stations provide tidy slots for gadgets to settle neatly into while having their batteries boosted, and solve the problem of trailing charger cords by completely concealing the cables – along with a mini power strip – in a rear compartment. Just plug chargers into the power strip – which in turn plugs into a wall outlet – and you’ll have a perfectly organized re-powering setup that won’t plague your recharging space with clutter.

And there you have it – organized bedroom cords in four easy steps. Now it’s time to relax and enjoy your newly de-cluttered room. So climb on into bed, let out a sigh of well-organized satisfaction, and reach over to switch off the lamp – you know, that one with the neatly coiled cord.