Whilst cables for fixed appliances such as TVs, gaming consoles or desk lamps can be hidden behind wardrobes and under carpets, the solution to tangled cables is not always so simple. Clever cable solutions have been found for appliances that see less frequent use, such as vacuum cleaners or clothes irons. The office industry has come up with trendy cable storage solutions for all your home and office needs. The need to create order out of a confusing array of cables will remain relevant for as long as electrical devices draw their power from external power boards. Even when a single device needs to be moved in a company office, the company interns will often draw straws to avoid having to confront the masses of cables beneath the desks of the office. The loser then begins a protracted wrestling match with the dust-covered serpents beneath the desks and will be lucky to wrench the right cable free from the heaving mass.
We have all made a resolution to organise our hopelessly tangled cables at the next opportunity, but this of course never eventuates. The truism, ‘out of sight, out of mind’ holds true. In one respect, the fact that the cables are out of sight can itself be a good thing. As long as cables are out of sight, it is difficult to trip over them. The biggest danger associated with what is otherwise an annoying tangle of cables is the trip hazard that a disarray of cables can create. A cable under your desk can be quick to transform itself into a tripwire that activates next time you stand up. Similarly, a carelessly laid extension cord can cause your unsuspecting co-worker, diligently studying some paperwork on his way past your desk, to trip and fall.
An organised workplace makes for a happier and more aesthetic working environment. With a few handy tips and tricks, you will be able to ensure a safe and tidy workplace at minimal cost. There are many companies that offer effective solutions for your cable needs. Anyone planning a commercial office space should consider these options carefully.
However, you can also free your cable-constricted home office by using a few simple tricks.