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9 Ways to Untangle The Mess Minnetonka MN

There’s a term for the solution: wire management. The best new cabinets and desks have built-in wire-management features, such as raceways and concealing panels, to route wires. Other much simpler ways exist to manage wires, however; they’re especially useful to retrofit less-sophisticated furniture, old or new. Here are nine of our favorite methods.

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9 Ways to Untangle The Mess

9 Ways To Untangle The Mess

Electric spaghetti. That’s what most of us have lurking behind our computer desks and entertainment centers. Every time you want to add or take out a component, unsnarling that mess can be a real nightmare.

There’s a term for the solution: wire management. The best new cabinets and desks have built-in wire-management features, such as raceways and concealing panels, to route wires. Other much simpler ways exist to manage wires, however; they’re especially useful to retrofit less-sophisticated furniture, old or new. Here are nine of our favorite methods.

Grommets

Cords draped over the back of a desk are an unsightly mess and make cleaning a real chore. It’s much neater to run them as bundle through a grommet. Grommets come in many sizes and generally snap into a standard-size hole. The best tool for drilling these oversize holes is a hole saw.


Mouse Trap

One cord in particular always seems to tangle: the tail of a computer’s mouse. Two wire clips are the answer. Mount one at the back of your keyboard tray, the other at the back of the desk. The mouse won’t slide off the tray, and the cord won’t wrap around your legs.


WireMate

Here’s a slick way to organize and conceal extra wire. The WireMate has three sets of cleats for separating and looping slack wire. Each cleat is split in the middle, which makes it even easier to wrap up just the right amount of wire. A cover snaps on to hide the stuff inside.  


Spiral Wrap

This simple, inexpensive product binds wires together. You can pull them in or let them out anywhere along the length of the bundle. Spiral Wrap is simply a tube cut in a helical pattern. To install it, pull your wires in a taut line and wind the wrap around them. It only takes a few minutes. Spiral Wrap comes in various diameters to accommodate as many wires as you have.


Vertebrae

No, it’s not a set of bones; it’s a series of plastic clips in a plastic channel. But it resembles a spine so much that it’s dubbed The Vertebrae. You can run wires in and out as needed between each clip. That’s perfect for a stacked set of components, but you can position it horizontally, too. Run a couple of screws through the plastic channel to fasten it in place wherever you need it. As you organize and loop your wires, just snap each vertebra shut. There’s plenty of room inside for lots of slack


Homemade Cleats

This cord-wrapping device is just a set of wooden knobs bought at the hardware store. Drill a screw hole through the center of each knob to make mounting easier. Mount them as far apart as you want to minimize the number of loops. Then use hook-and-loop wire wraps to secure the wires (see page 38). Coat hooks and clothesline cleats also work well.

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