We’re all about creative cable management here at Lifehacker, so we were instantly drawn to reader Seandavid010’s rain-gutter cable management setup.
Granted, you can find other cord-wrangling solutions, but the rain gutter approach yields impressive results. Sean was nice enough to send in his entire step-by-step, so here goes (everything below was written by Sean):
I recently purchased a new table from IKEA to use as a computer desk. I liked it because it was really long and narrow (78″x23″) and would work perfectly for my wife and I. The problem I ran into was that I didn’t want a bunch of cords and cables hanging down behind the table. Having that would ruin the new ‘clean’ aesthetic I was going for.
Here’s my workspace before I began the project. It’s not really terrible, but it just all felt really pieced together. A flimsy computer desk and a plastic folding table shoved together with all those cables hanging down there. Besides not looking great, it was actually a pain to clean down there, and dust tended to accumulate.
Nice and tidy. The table is also really great. It came unfinished, and I liked the colour and texture so much that I just had a big piece of glass cut to go on top. The only problem is that now my mouse won’t work anymore. Any good tips on making my own (visually appealing) mousepad? I’d appreciate it.
Anyways, the total cost for the project came in at just over $US30 and only took about two hours to complete.
Vinyl Rain Gutter Cable Management [Flickr]