By Katja Kromann

How to: Organize a tangled mess of cables under your desk

How to: Organize a tangled mess of cords and cables under the desk

How to: Organize the tangled mess of cords under your desk

We are in the process of making over our home office. We have made several DIYs that I am excited to share with you soon as well as of course some room reveal "after" photos.

Today I am sharing how we untangled and cleaned up our mess of cords and cables under our desks getting everything more organized looking and the floor much easier to clean.


Our two desks sit across from each other in the middle of the room with all the cords hanging between the two as you can see here. Not very pretty.

How to: Organize the tangled mess of cords under your desk

The Spaghetti Monster lives here?

How to: Organize the tangled mess of cords under your desk

Frank came up with the idea to cut a couple of 1x4s and mount them to our IKEA desks, securing them into the metal tube legs. We have these table tops and legs similar to these.

We bought a couple of 6 foot 1x4 sticks and cut them down to just around 54 1/4 inches, then Frank drilled holes for the screws 3/4 inches from the corners and used a 5/16 drill bit to make a cavity into which we could counter sink the 3 mm machine screw heads.

How to: Organize the tangled mess of cords under your desk

Then I gave them a coat of black satin paint. (Posted on Instagram)

How to: Organize the tangled mess of cords under your desk

After the paint dried, Frank screwed a 4 ft power panel to each board using 3/4 inch wood screws. Sneak peek of a rug we got for the office.

How to: Organize the tangled mess of cords under your desk

Frank used a scrap piece of wood to space the board from the top of the table, having checked that all the plugs could clear this opening. He secured the board with clamps before drilling.

How to: Organize the tangled mess of cords under your desk

He used 3 mm machine screws to attach the boards to the metal legs. Frank drilled 2.4 mm holes (otherwise the hole will be too big for a 3 mm screw once the thread is made), then used a 3 mm tap drill to make a thread for the screw to screw into. You can see that tool below. A similar set with tap drills can be bought here. Be aware that the tap drills come in metric and imperial systems both and the set you choose should correspond to the screws you are using. We used metric here because that is what we had on hand.

How to: Organize the tangled mess of cords under your desk

Next he screwed the 3 mm machine screws with washers into the newly created threaded holes. It worked like a charm.

How to: Organize the tangled mess of cords under your desk

The power strips under the tables are now hidden behind a black 1x4 board. Under my table we mounted the power strip up side down to get the cable to come out nearest the outlet.

How to: Organize the tangled mess of cords under your desk

Then Frank spent half an hour under the table bundling everything up nice and neatly with black zip ties, 4 inch and 8 inch ties, and then it looked like this after I cleaned the dusty floor *cough*.

So pretty now!

How to: Organize the tangled mess of cords under your desk

Stay tuned for more office make over soon.



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Katja Kromann
About Katja Kromann

I am a Danish American decorating life in Seattle. I love all things design and DIY.

I can’t think of anything more fun than coming up with project, making it, photographing it and sharing it with you on my websites.

I am a Graphic Artist and homeschooling mom to a teenager by day.

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