Saturday, March 20, 2010

DIY cable & cord management

I pointed out the mess of cords under my console the other day. I said I was okay with the cords showing, but I really wasn't.



I've already turned everything off by accident by hitting the power button on the surge suppressor with the vacuum. I had to find a way to tuck all of those cords out of the way. Jane from The Borrowed Abode suggested a 3M product that helps you control all of your cables and I think she's posting an entry about using them at her place.

I've been stuck at home with a strange bug (I always get sick at this time of year...fever, sore throat, cough, etc.), so I didn't feel up to going out to find those little 3M thingies. Instead, I fashioned the cheapest DIY cord management system in the entire world.

Behold a flap of the flooring adhesive box that has been sitting on the counter since Tuesday, cut in half and slid (okay forced) into the space between my console and its legs:





Add a couple twist ties to keep the cords loosely wrapped and off the floor and voilà:



By the way, has anyone noticed that all the American hosts on HGTV say "wah-lah" instead of "voilà" now? It's like nails on a blackboard to me.
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15 comments:

  1. VERY clever! Looks fantastic. I get a bit OCD-ish when it comes to cords myself. And yes, "wah-lah" bugs me too. And the lack of proper spelling on Facebook, the addition of letters at the end (i.e. going to beddddddd), using too for to.......ok, you get the point-- sorry to go off on a tangent.

    Your floors look so fantastic and you have a beautiful home that is very high end yet comfortable at the same time!

    Feel better!

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  2. An inventive solution! Hope you feel better soon. If it's always this time of year, its probably allergy-related. (Nothing like an internet diagnosis, huh!) I am particular about spelling and pronunciation and "wah-lah" is one of many annoying, sloppy things people do.

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  3. Very smart! My husband's pet peeve is exposed cables for he has the complicated system of zip ties going on behind all of our electronics. :)

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  4. Very nice! Exposed cables drive me nuts ~ great, cheap DIY fix! :)

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  5. You are a cord ninja! I wanted to say that something must be wrong with my reader, I didn't see any of your 'reveal' posts show up over the past few days! Anyway, it all looks great - but I really need to see more of the new floors, yaknowwhatimean?

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  6. Fantastic timing! I'm doing some cord taming myself this weekend in phase 2 of the home office redo, so that's getting bookmarked for sure!

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  7. Now there is a solution I think I can muster the motivation to tackle! On a separate note, where is your beautiful tv stand from?

    Thanks!

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  8. What a great solution to cable management. I've been using a kit from Ikea that has a bunch of different sized clips, zip ties, and holders. And of course I did a blog post about it.

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