Even as technology advances, very few things are truly cordless – at least not yet.
Having loose cords can contribute to safety, tripping hazards, and well – decorating hazards. There’s nothing quite like creating a home office or living room to reflect your tastes and then have it ruined by the tangled mess of cords and cables. At Handyman Matters, we think homes should be smart in more than one way.
In home offices you have the desktop computers, laptop charge cables, printers, backup drives, Wi-Fi hubs and internet routers all with at least one cable trailing from the back, needing an outlet. On top of that, fewer and fewer desks offer the ability to hide cables. Living rooms are just as bad with your sound systems, game consoles, mounted flat screen TVs… Declutter your home office and living room today with these cord management tricks…
Know your outlets.
Outlets can move! One extension cord run along the side of the floor can direct any source of electricity to a different side of your home.
Make it easy to plug things in! Add a power strip near the center of your gadget needs. Keep an eye on limiting how many high powered electronics you plug in at a time, and make sure your strip is flat on the ground, or mounted solidly on an easier access point.
NOTE: Never plug one power strip or surge protector into another one…always use separate outlets!
Larger furniture pieces such as desks, bookcases, and entertainment centers should be taken full advantage of when it comes to cord management. Running extension or longer cords up the back of the furniture, is a great way to hide cables. Use a staple gun (or duct tape in a similar color as the piece of furniture) to secure the cables every half-foot or so along the back up to their corresponding destinations. Make sure to have the staple straddle the cord and not puncture it as that can potentially ruin the wiring inside the cable. You can even mount a power strip on the back of a larger piece of furniture, or even on a shelf for an easy to reach hub.
Floor and wall maintenance.
- Over-floor cord protectors – When you have to run a cord across a room, use one of these to protect the wire, and the people walking around your home.
- Wall mount cord covers – Extra helpful for mounted flat screen TVs, these covers can run up or along a wall, match the color of your wall, and disguise your cables.
- Cable ties – A cheap and easy way to prevent tangles and keep all the cables in one area.
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