Alternately, read our article on hiding speaker wire
When you first decided to start a home business, you probably didn't realize just how many cables and wires a home office could entail. You realize now that the cables are not only annoying, but also unattractive. Whether your home office is located in the bedroom, living room, kitchen or a room of its own, there are some simple ways to hide those ugly cables and keep an attractive room decor.
Organize Your Cables
Before hiding cables within your home office, you should take time to organize them. First, determine how many cables and wires are underneath or near your desk. Note the size and length of each cable, where it is coming from, and where it ends. You probably have a series of cables linking your computer monitor, hard drive, printer, cable modem unit, phone line, computer speakers, mouse and keyboard.
Next, clean the cables using a dry dust cloth. Avoid using polish or water to prevent electrocution. To make life much easier later on, label all your cables with cable labels such as the Unitag ID Labels. These stick to the cables and are color-coded for easy recognition of your cables in the future.
Thirdly, consolidate your cables. Minimize plugging and unplugging into wall outlets by using a power strip, preferably a lightning-resistant or power-surge-resistant power strip. Once your cables are organized, continue with the tips below on how to hide cables.
To prevent cable clutter on the floor, you can cover the cords with Flexiduct Cord Protectors. These protect your cords and help keep your floors clear and safe. They come in a variety of colors so you can easily match them with your bedroom decor.
Hiding Cables within Your Living Room Home Office
Your living room is where you entertain guests and spend time with the family. You want to keep this room looking clean, organized and beautifully decorated at all times. A home office can either take away from the decor or add to it.
Hide cables for your living room office using colorful accessories to match your decor. Also, choose cable-hiding products that are the least noticeable. Use the space underneath your desk to your advantage (desk organizers). Place a table lamp or floor lamp near your office area to draw your guests' eyes away from your desk and cables. You can also hang wires and cables along a wall behind your desk using cable clamps, twist locks, or mounting bases.
How to Hide Cables within Your Kitchen Home Office
Kitchens often have limited space for a home office, so you'll want to utilize your space wisely. The cables should be kept off the floor if possible because most spills occur in the kitchen. If they are located underneath your desk, place them on a raised wooden or plastic platform to keep them off the floor.
For hiding cables in your kitchen, use safe cord protectors to keep your cables shielded from spills, splashes and heat. One attractive and easy solution is the Flexible Tower. It holds and conceals the cords in a vertical position underneath your desk and is adjustable in size to fit shorter or taller spaces. Also, the cables will not dangle openly under your desk. You can also use mounted cable organizers to keep cables in the air.
Running Cables along Walls in Your Home
If you have one or more cables running along the walls of your home, you can hide these so they will blend with your home decor. There are products on the market today that enable you to hide the cables or wires behind your baseboard molding - WireTracks. With these setups, you will install the wiring in a channel with a cover. The channel is then attached behind the molding to make your cables invisible.
With these simple methods you can organize and hide your cables in any setting, causing your home office to blend with the rest of your room decor. Your home office will be cleaner and safer, and you'll be able to access cables easily when you need to make changes.
Other Great Products for Hiding Cables Include: