According to H and L Office Furniture, in today’s fast-paced computer world, every office desk is filled with a number of pieces of equipment that have various cords and wires sticking out of them, going to and fro to power them as well as network all the individual pieces into one computer workstation.
It starts with the computer, monitor, keyboard and mouse.
In those four items are at least six cords that are stringing across your desk. Add in the cords to network your computer to the company system or the internet.
If you need speakers or printers there are another 2 or more cords each to power them and hook them into the main computer.
And if you need more computer components, say a scanner or a hard drive, your desk is starting to look like a spilled bowl of spaghetti with all the cords that are draping on and over it.
Luckily, the furniture market saw the spaghetti nightmare on many office desks and has come up with ways to fix some of the problems.
Many pieces of today’s office furniture come with computer cord hiding spaces.
Many have a hole or two cut into the surface of the desk. This hole allows you to thread the computer cords that must be on the desk through, showing only as much cord as you need.
The rest of it stays underneath and leaves a much less cluttered working desktop.
If you are a worker that has restless legs or feet, all the cords underneath may be a problem, waiting for you to catch them and pull them out as you move your feet around.
If they get too far out under the office desk, your office chair may also catch one of the cords, and either pull it out or even damage or crush the cord as it catches it in the wheel.
For these situations you need a little better method of cord organisation.
One option is cord-organising tubes that are for sale in office stores. You thread all the cords from your computer items into these tubes and all you see or feel under the table is one log tube that can be pushed against the wall, with all the cords cupped safely inside.
Another way to keep the cords out of the way is with the corner desk technique. This is where you use the corner portion of the desk setup as a place to put all the cords.
This works better if that corner area has a false front, to hide the unsightly cords and keep them out of harms way.
Some pieces of office furniture even have a special drawer that is hidden inside the desktop. It is a pull up flap, and when you open it, inside there is a compartment that allows you to roll up the excess cording, bind it, and leave it in the compartment, with just the amount of cord you need coming out on the desktop, and to link up with the power strip or CPU beneath the desk.
This option de-clutters on both sides of the coin, on the desktop, and on the floor underneath keeping the cords out of sight.
Before you make such a purchase, know which cords you have and how many you need to tuck away. Once you get to the office furniture store you should have no problem finding the office desk that suits your needs.