Happy Sunday friends! I have been asked many times how I hide my computer cords in my office. The actual truth is, I only have one main cord, and I have often just taken it out for photos. I know, I’m horrible!
So in order to help out some of you, who do have multiple cords that you need to hide, I have figured out how I would hide my cord if I needed to. Whoohoo!
One way is to conceal the back of your monitor with intentionally placed décor. Placing your monitor on an angle makes it easier to style the backside of it.
For the purpose of this post, I used décor I already have in my office. (shop my office décor here). As you can see I’ve used medium to tall sized pieces. These type of pieces work well with the size of desk I have, and how much space I have to work with. It doesn’t matter too much on which décor you use, this is more about the height and width of your objects. The point being to conceal the back of your monitor. So feel free to play around and try different décor. Aim for 2-3 pieces with staggered heights.
If you have a larger executive size desk, you have much more room to work with! You can use a number of different décor options to conceal your cords, as you can leave more space between the monitor and the corner of your desk. One option would be to stack two decorative photo boxes behind your monitor, and then place 1-2 small décor accents (such as a plant or a candle) on top, or beside the boxes, depending on the size of boxes you choose. The point being, the décor will look intentionally placed, and no one will think you are trying to hide your computer cords! 😀
Alright, back to my desk…
I wasn’t able to completely hide my cord, but it still makes huge difference from how it was before.
And, you can still see it from this side:
To deal with this, I used the Velcro cable tie, which came with my computer, to shorten the cord; but you can also use zip ties,. I will need a zip tie for the second part of the cord that comes after the adaptor.
Now I would use adhesive Velcro strips to adhere the cord and adaptor to the bottom part of my desktop.
I have not done it yet, as my cord doesn’t really bother me. But here is where I would stick it to:
Then, I would plug-in the shortened black cord to a 3 pronged white extension cord. This white cord would run down the length of my desk, to the area carpet. I could adhere the cord to the side of my desk using these clear cord clips:
Make sure you order an extension cord that is long enough to reach the wall outlet, but not so long that you have to deal with another cord mess at the wall. For my office, I would order the 6 ft option.
Now, if you need multiple cords plugged into your extension cord, I would recommend a power bar instead of a plain extension cord. There are even some that come with USB outlets to make charging things more convenient.
At this point, the white extension cord is going to run over my white carpet, over the brown hardwood floor (about 1.5 feet), to the wall outlet. That amount of exposed cord doesn’t bother me, especially since it is on the far side of my office, where my window is. You cannot see it from the door when entering the room.
If you do want to cover up the amount of cord that runs from your desk to the wall outlet, you can you use a cable raceway, and these actually come in multiple colours to better match your floor.
If you have a power bar that is hard to hide, and you want it hidden, you can conceal it something like this:
Another option is to drill a hole in your desk, and use a grommet to cover up the whole. Make sure you measure before you drill!
I wouldn’t mind a pretty gold grommet like this one!
This option might work well if you have multiple cords coming down from your monitor, and if your monitor is in the center of your desk.
Now, for those of you who have multiple screens, you will likely have to place both monitors on the centre of your desk, not on an angle. You will definitely benefit from drilling a hole into your desk, and running your cords down that way.
I would use Velcro cable ties to secure the cables from each monitor together, and then to secure both sets of cables together. I would have them run down through the grommet together, as one cord. Then use the same steps I listed above with my desk, to adhere the cords and adaptors to the bottom of the desktop.
Another option for under the desktop, is to use a tray to hold your cords and adaptors . This works well if the back of your desk has a panel that runs partway, or all the way, to the floor, and the basket would not be seen.
If you are in the market for a new desk, you can find some that have built-in cord management. I have rounded up a few below!
I hope this helps! Please let me know of any questions you have in the comment section. And I would love to hear of any other design dilemmas I could help you with. Make sure to contact me if you need help with your home office!