One of my pet-hates is when your earphones get magically tangled in your bag, and all you want to do is listen to music or audio from a video, without spending half an hour untangling them; it’s infuriating. Tangled, messy wires of any kind, not just earphones, are ugly, and likely to be spotted in an office space where there’s a collection of desktop computers with accompanying technologies and chargers of different kinds.

Advances in Bluetooth and wireless accessories like keyboards, mice, and opting for a laptop over a desktop set up are becoming increasingly popular to avoid muddled piles of wires on or behind your desk. If your desk and collection of wires have got to the messy point of no return, here’s some How To’s, and benefits of concealing wires to prompt you to face the task of untangling.

First; a tidy desk is a tidy mind. Having clutter in your workspace can affect your productivity and clarity of thought, and many can’t work well in a disorganised area. While clutter may gather from equipment you’re actively using, like paperwork and stationary, removing unnecessary tangled wires from your view can give the space a cleaner feel. Of course, everyone’s work preferences are different and some thrive from the creativity caused by having lots to look at; but let’s face it, tangled black, grey or white wires aren’t the most inspiring things in the world – it’s best to hide them away to make way for your creative clutter if that’s how you work.

One of the most obvious benefits of hiding wires is the health and safety benefits. You don’t want to be tripping over wires or getting your chair caught on them. A bunch of tangled wires can also affect fire risk and electronic performance with the heat and energy of them being so close and knotted fraying or thinning the protective rubber. Most desk workers enjoy drinks while working too, and so having exposed, potentially damaged wires on the desk can be dangerous if you accidently spill your coffee on a clumsy Monday morning.

Untangling is the first step, and finding a creative way to conceal the wires is the second. Ways to hide wires can be much more interesting than the standard ugly white plastic covers. Using decorative boxes or skirting board covers is a way to hide wires while adding a design feature.

Feeding the wires across the back of your desk using clips or hooks is an easy way to keep them out of sight and untangled. Try mounting extension leads onto the wall or placing them in a container, hidden by your desk:

And finally, if you’re into your art and want to make the wires a centrepiece instead of hiding them away, go for something contemporary like this:

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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