A cable box helped me hide the cable spaghetti from the socket strip, the table lamp and the rooter in my living room.
A cable box helped me hide the cable spaghetti from the socket strip, the table lamp and the rooter in my living room.
A cable box helped me hide the cable spaghetti from the socket strip, the table lamp and the rooter in my living room.
A cable box helped me hide the cable spaghetti from the socket strip, the table lamp and the rooter in my living room.
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My bedside table before...
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Six ways to hide messy cables

Pia Seidel
Zurich, on 03.12.2018
Responsible for translation: Eva Francis
I can’t stand the sight of cables. So it’s no surprise I’m always on the lookout for ways to hide them – here are a few options I’ve tried and tested.

Let me prelude this by explaining I’m slightly neurotic when it comes to visual calm. I rarely leave the house without making the bed; I always plump up the sofa cushions after sitting on them and I have to store unsightly things like contact lens solution in the medicine cabinet, even if I do use them every day. What applies to cables is similar, which is why I’m always looking for ways to hide them.

Here are 6 clever cable-disguising solutions I found in our online shop.

1. Cable boxes

I opted for a Blue Lounge cable box in the living room. The pastel green matches my serving trolley and the rest of the colour scheme. This cable box is by no means small, which is why there’s plenty of room for everything. It’s also available in black and white or in a smaller size.

If that’s not your bag there are other options. Alternatives, such as the Bosign model, are made partly of wood and offer a practical tray to store your mobile.

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2. If you do need to have cables then at least make them nice ones

There are some cables you just can’t help having on show or easy to reach, such as those on the bedside table or desk. That’s why I always replace them with versions that are classier than the standard plastic ones. You can get some that are covered in a kind of nylon mesh and rather than plastic white, they come in all kinds of colourful shades and patterns. Options like the «anchor» are practical, as they feature a weight to hold them down.

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Anchor Night Cable (A - Lightning, 2m, 2.0)
Native Union Anchor Night Cable (A - Lightning, 2m, 2.0)
USB cables
GETTERÖN Series (A - C, 1m, 2.0)
39.90
Holdit GETTERÖN Series (A - C, 1m, 2.0)
USB cables
Lightning to USB cable (A - Lightning, 1m, 2.0)
34.90
iDeal Of Sweden Lightning to USB cable (A - Lightning, 1m, 2.0)

3. Wireless charger

Cordless chargers featuring an induction pad are an elegant alternative to traditional cables. Some have a wood finish while others boast a textile cover. The main benefit of this kind of system is you can create a charging station without the hassle of plugging and unplugging.

A few tips: save your old cables for when you’re travelling. And before you invest in a pad, make sure your smartphone is what’s known as «Qi», meaning you can charge it wirelessly.

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4. Cable management

This cable management system is a way to bring everything together – and it comes in white and bright colour options. It replaces loose cable chaos with clean surfaces thanks to the clip feature. This lets you attach cables to the wall or table quickly and easily. For in the office you’ll want cable management systems that act like a hut to house everything under one roof.

5. Resourceful sources

You probably have some things at home that were designed with an entirely different purpose in mind. But now you’ve converted them into something else – how resourceful. Take paper clips, s-hooks and magnet hoots, for instance. They all double well as cable holders. Simply place them where you want them and decide where all of the wires will go.

 Not always necessarily pretty… but original: hooks for holding cables in place so they don’t fall on the floor
Not always necessarily pretty… but original: hooks for holding cables in place so they don’t fall on the floor
Magnets
Hakenmagnet (1Piece)
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Magnetoplan Hakenmagnet (1Piece)

6. Hidden USB station

Lights such as «Logi» and «Multi» deliver a shelf and USB charging station in one. The Danish brand Markslöjd makes the most of the fact that lamps rely on power supply by adding an extra port for charging electronic devices. It looks like I’m not the only one who’s trying to minimise cable chaos after all. 😉

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Have you come up with other nifty ways to keep your cables tidy? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below. You can also follow me for more organisational tips. Simply click on the black button next to my profile. I can’t wait to have you on board.

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Pia Seidel
Pia Seidel
Teamleader Editorial Galaxus, Zurich

«There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. I believe in the latter.» – Albert Einstein


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