Wire Organisation


#1

Not the wires under at / under my desk.

I am looking for solutions how to hang all my various cables in my workshop for easy access. Tired of sorting trough drawers with coiled up wires…


#2

I’ve used a combination of

  1. For longer cables – ethernet, etc – a peg board with hangers for coiled cables tied closed with velcro cable ties.
  2. For smaller cables, a set of plastic shoebox-sized or smaller containers – one for each type of cable (USB-C, USB-2, etc.) – cleanly bundled or tied with smaller cable ties.
  3. For 2 to 3 foot connector cables (audio, video) a cable wall hanger – which is a board with pairs of metal or rubber grips. One end of the cable slips in between a pair and hangs down. Easy to organize. The cable hanger can also be mounted on the peg board from #1.

#3

I’ve never hung any up but use clear shoebox-sized containers like @quorm. Every container is labeled and every cable is tied. I’ve got larger containers for the larger cables.


#4

Have that now, but it doesn’t work for me. I have too many cables that I frequently need to connect “things”


#5

Option 3 is exactly what I was looking for thanks!!!

Almost bought it only to realize that the slots are to wide for the usb cables.


#6

You could make your own version of the claw with an offcut of wood and a saw to cut cable slots, and a drill to make a small cup at the top to hold the cable end but I suspect that unless you can hide it inside a cupboard both the original metal one and a diy version would look messy fast.

A couple of other options:

  • A ‘grid it’ which is a board with a lot of elastic straps - poke the cables under the elastic. I bought one of these for travel once, but found it too heavy. Good to have one of each type of cable in it for when a cable is needed in a hurry.
  • A kitchen utensil bar. Sling the cable over the bar and use a Velcro tie (or wire twist) to hold the two ends together. Something similar has worked well at work for all sorts of cables. Good for volume if you have lots of cables. Again, something for inside a cupboard rather than on display.

At home other than the grid-it, I just have small boxes labelled up with the cable type. Cables inside are coiled and secured with Velcro ties.

Periodically I purge. There are only so many spares needed :slight_smile:


#7

No problem. There are similar concepts for USB cables also. Here is an example from ORICO.


#8

For some cables - probably the shorter ones, you could use a magnetic knife strip. Then just put the larger end on the strip and let the other end hang free.

I saw this on Lifehacker years ago and never actually got around to using the trick myself I must admit!