How to Get Back What's Yours: Reclaiming Your Desk with Cable Management

BY: Christina Hansen


Does your desk work for you, or do you work for your desk? At one time or another, many of us have had the experience of trying to type and make phone calls amid piles of productivity-squashing clutter, moving gingerly to avoid further aggravating the chaos that’s hemming us in. With all of the cords and peripherals that can pile up in and around our workspaces, many of us end up settling for what little leftover space our messy desks grant us. That’s about to end. To all the clutter slaves out there, it’s time to rise up and show your desk who’s boss – by reclaiming it with some simple cable management.

We’re not suggesting that you run out and hire a professional organizer by the hour – after all, you really only need a little spare time, some creativity, and a few simple products to whip things into shape yourself. As you read our tips and tricks for setting your workplace straight, just think of how good it will feel as you subdue rebel cables with your own two hands, then stand triumphant over the newly reorganized desk that is yours – all yours.


J ChannelJ-Channel: Another great way to manage unruly computer cords is to route them from work surface to power source along the lines of your desk. How to accomplish that? Try J Channel, a semi-enclosed cable raceway that easily mounts onto smooth surfaces with the help of a pre-applied, self-adhesive backing. Whether you use it on the inner or outer face of your desk – or even along your baseboard – J Channel couldn’t be simpler to put into action. Just measure the channel, cut it to size, attach it to the surface of your choice, and slide cables in. The J Channel’s J-shaped profile keeps cords completed concealed, but makes it a breeze to lift them out an insert new ones whenever the situation calls for it.