Love your computer but hate your computer cord clutter? Cables and wires can ruin the look of your workspace, especially if you’re using a lot of electronics. If you’re the type of person who prefers a crisp, clean look in the office, then check out the different forms of wire management that are available to you.

Desktop Grommet Holes

Many desks come equipped with built-in grommet holes—a hole cut out near the edge of the desk. Grommet holes typically come with a cap to maintain a clean look while covering up the mess. Simply slip your wires through the hole and plug them into the wall or built-in desk power strip for a seamless look. This is the most common type of wire management system, so be sure to carefully read the product description of the desk you are considering to determine whether it comes with any grommet holes.

Wire Management Troughs

Some desks and tables come with built-in wire management troughs. These long, narrow containers are typically affixed to the front of the unit, often built into the modesty panel, and they consist of a protruding shelf with a lip that holds your cords in place and up off the floor. Although these are less common than desktop grommet holes, they are certainly effective. They’re an ideal option for use in areas with ever-changing users, such as classrooms and training rooms where laptops are used frequently.

Alternative Wire Management Systems

Some desks come with more unique wire management systems that you may prefer to grommet or trough options. Some designs take it to the next level of office cleanliness by feeding those cords through the leg of the desk. This way, you aren’t just left with a mess of wires hanging out from underneath your work surface. Rather, the cords come out the bottom of the leg and then connect to the nearest outlet, leaving a clean, fresh look unscathed by industrial cording.

DIY Solutions

Already have an office desk and don’t want to splurge on a new one? Don’t worry—there’s hope for you yet. While you can attempt to drill your own grommet hole into the top of your desk, we only recommend doing this if you are already a skilled handyperson or know someone who is. 

Alternatively, you can keep cords more organized by attaching cord management racks or a wire bin to the underside of your desk. Simply run cords through the bin to keep them up off the ground and out of sight. You can also achieve this by attaching binder clips to the bottom of your desk and running cords through those.


Don’t like any of these ideas? If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, and if you can’t cover your cords, make them look great! By covering your electrical cords with Washi tape or affixing them to the wall in artistic designs, you can create cords you will actually want to look at.



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