If you're focused on getting everything on your work surface tucked out of sight and extra tidy, this DIY shelf can help you stash small peripherals behind your monitor.
Dylan Hanback wanted to put the empty space behind his monitor to good use and the sturdy metal stand of his Mac was the perfect place to mount a small shelf for peripherals and cable management. His description of the process:
5" x 8" x 1/2" oak cut at an angle to match the slant of the iMac stand. Drilled all the way through 1" from edges at 1/4" diameter. 17" x 1/4" steel rod bent into "U" shape with brake line (rubber hose) fit on flat edge to provide grip and protection. Tapped the ends at 1/4 x 20 fit with wing nuts for easy adjustment, can be adjusted to fit at any point on stand. Added a drawer pull as a cable spool to the bottom.
If bending steel rods and doing your own tapping is a bit outside the scope of your DIY comfort zone you could always pick up a BackPack—a commercial version of the peripheral-shelf concept sans the cable management loom underneath.
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