Standing desks have become very popular over the years. But, the cables under the standing desk can be unruly. Today, I will share with you how to organize standing desk cables easily.
How much does it cost to organize standing desk cables?
The organizer I used was about $25.00, and it came with two wire racks, screws, and two cable hook and loop straps. I had Velcro strips for cables that I used also.
How long does it take to organize standing desk cables?
This organizing project was pretty easy to do. This DIY project took me about ½ hour to put up two of these wire racks.
What do I need to organize my standing desk cables?
Velcro cable strips - extra to use for the cables
Wire racks for cables - The one I found came with two in one box.
Screws and Washers - came with the wire baskets
Drill and bits
How to organize standing desk cables?
First, I always wanted the cables to be attached to the desk, but I didn't want it to be too tight that it would prevent the desk from going up and down. I had the electrical strip attached to the crossbar of the standing desk, and it just kept all the cables dangling, which I didn't want because I wanted to see very few cables. I found that the cables could get caught on to things under the desk.
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When I checked on Amazon and found this product that I wanted to try. (Note: I did not get paid for this review.) I bought this item myself. I liked this item because it gave you two wire baskets perfect for ALL the cables I needed.
Below is the one I purchased from Amazon (I did not get any payment from the manufacturer for sharing this post).
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The problem with the Desk and Cable management before I made the change
The standing desk had its own cables because it was an electric desk and I wanted these cables to be also hidden. I have two laptops and a table that needs charging and that came with cables that needed storing. And lastly, I had a freestanding monitor with cables that needed hiding under the table. All these cables needed to be stored and out of the way of my feet. It would also make it easier for me to vacuum under the desk.
Here is what I did to organize my standing desk cables.
First, I opened the cable baskets box. I needed to find the correct place to attach the baskets without hitting the legs or the other standing desk cables. Some washers and screws needed to be attached before using them to screw the basket in place.
Then, I took the screws/washers and added them between the wires on the baskets. They wanted eight screws to hold them in place. I found that I only needed four screws and washers for each basket.
Now, it was time to add the cables to the basket. I wrapped the cables up as shown below and held them tight. Then, I used a velcro strip and wrapped it around.
Then, I added another velcro strip to hold the cable outside the wire basket. Note: I added the electrical strip on the basket and wrapped some of the cables up, so it wasn't showing that much. Keeping the desk fully extended, I wrapped the rest of the cables, so they didn't pull if the desk wasn't high enough.
The big reveal:
And here is the after picture of the organized standing desk cables. I was able to store all my electronic cables in this basket. The other basket held the freestanding monitor cables and the standing desk cables. I am so pleased with the results. What do you think?
The dangling cable is for my HDMI and was loose so that when the desk was extended, it wouldn't pull on the laptop.
My security cable needed to be loose, too, because that was attached to my laptops.
Tips while installing a cable organizer for a standing desk?
Below are tips that will help when installing these cables.
- This is the most important tip. Extend the standing desk up to make sure your cables are not too tight.
- Declutter the cable and make sure they are not wrapped around other cables.
- Use the wrapping cable method to wrap the cable using the Velcro cable organizers.
I use the other basket added to my desk to keep the cables from the desk in place without dangling down.
Another option: If you have more than one laptop/device charging our desk, you can get a stand that holds all of them, like this one I found on Amazon (Affiliate).
Another option: I also had a modesty panel in front of all these cables that I found at Ikea. If you want to check that out, here is the link. It uses brackets to attach to the desk side. This modesty panel was attached to the desk in front of the cable basket after all the cables were organized.
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