20160306_090137Do you find your cables looking like this? You’ve probably wanted to fix it, but you know it will require a lot of time and money. I’m here to prove you wrong! Welcome to cable management on the cheap!

20160309_103001Here is a look at the finished product. Perfect? Of course not! But the process only took around and hour, and cost around $25. As you can already see, cable management doesn’t have to be expensive.

Materials

For this job, I used 4 basic materials:

  1. Industrial velcro | I got 4 feet of it for around $10* on Amazon.
  2. Cable ties | I got 100 of these for around $5* on Amazon.
  3. Cable tie mounts | These things are amazing – they’re surprisingly cheap, yet notably strong. Once again, I got 100 of them for around $7* on Amazon.
  4. Velcro straps | I already had these laying around, but you can pick them up for cheap on Amazon.

*Prices subject to change

Take control of those cables!

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The process is pretty simple. First, start by velcroing your power strip and power bricks to your desk. Next, take the cable tie mounts and cable ties, and bundle up any excess cable so it doesn’t sag. For cables you may need to regularly remove – for me, my Laptop charger – this is where the velcro straps come in to play. Zip tie a velcro strap to the cable tie mount, that way, whenever you need, just undo the strap and grab your cable!

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As you can see in the picture, the laptop power brick is stuck to the desk using velcro, and to the right of it is a velcro strap with the excess cord bundled. The other bundles are zip ties (so you will need to cut the zip tie to remove the cable).

There you have it! As you can see, cable management doesn’t have to be hard. Of course, you could get slightly cleaner results with more time and money, but if you don’t have hundreds of dollars to drop on cable management tools, start simple!

You can check out my video version of how to manage your cables below.

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Christian Taylor is a tech enthusiast, video producer, graphic designer, journalist, and drummer from Nashville, TN. He makes weekly videos about tech on his YouTube Channel, Drumrocker365. As his username says, he is a professional drummer with a touring band, The Zach Allen Band. Starting his channel in 2011, Christian is experienced in YouTube. He also enjoys programming, and developing websites. He has experience with HTML, JavaScript, CSS, C#, and PHP. Christian also has an entrepreneurial background, starting his first company, Emerald Hosting, at age 13.