How to Hide Desk Cords

I think it’s safe to say that the number one question we received from our office makeover reveal was, “Where did you hide all the cords at your desk??”

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Were you thinking the same thing? I honestly hadn’t even thought about including those details in the room reveal post, but you guys asked and I’m here to answer! I always try to be an open book here on the blog, so anytime you have a question or want to know more information about something, feel free to comment or shoot me an email. I do my best to answer!

I think part of the reason I didn’t go into detail about my cord-hiding tactics is because there was no ground-breaking stroke of genius that went into it… I literally grabbed my staple gun and went to town! But more on that in a minute…

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So a few months ago when I decided to float my desk in front of this window instead of having it shoved up against a wall, I obviously needed a plan for plugging in my computer and desk lamp, among other things. I basically ran an extension cord from the wall up to my desk and was able to disguise some of the cord with furniture placement.

Learn how to hide annoying computer cords from LoveGrowsWild.com - perfect for when you don't want your desk shoved against a wall!

Now I realize your room is probably completely different from my office, but hopefully this will get some ideas rolling for you to make this setup work in your own space! I first plugged my extension cord into the wall on the side of my desk. Of course, there’s no outlet right behind me, that would be too simple. Then I ran the cord behind my cabinet that sits in the corner, around the side, and up to the closest desk leg. I set a little garbage can next to the cabinet to help hide the cord a bit. Yes, using a white extension cord would probably blend in a lot better with the white walls, cabinet and desk legs, but this brown cord was the first one I found in the closet, and I haven’t remembered to pick up a new one from the store yet. #someday

Learn how to hide annoying computer cords from LoveGrowsWild.com - perfect for when you don't want your desk shoved against a wall!

Once I had the cord running up to the desk, I held it against the desk leg and added a couple pieces of tape to hold it in place. Once I liked the placement of the cord, I used my staple gun to secure it to the desk leg. I made sure I had nice, long staples in the gun and was VERY careful not to puncture the cord with a staple… just take your time when lining up the staple gun! Again, a white cord would be 1000x better, but at least you get a good picture of where the cord is positioned.

Learn how to hide annoying computer cords from LoveGrowsWild.com - perfect for when you don't want your desk shoved against a wall!

Learn how to hide annoying computer cords from LoveGrowsWild.com - perfect for when you don't want your desk shoved against a wall!

So here’s what the underneath of my desk looks like:

Learn how to hide annoying computer cords from LoveGrowsWild.com - perfect for when you don't want your desk shoved against a wall!

This setup is nothing fancy, and there are probably better-looking ways of doing this, but using a staple gun was quick and easy… and honestly, who is ever going to look underneath my desk? ; )

Again, I used tape to help get the cord in a good position and then added the staples. It’s okay that the cords hang down a little bit because the skirt around the desk helps hide everything.

Learn how to hide annoying computer cords from LoveGrowsWild.com - perfect for when you don't want your desk shoved against a wall!

My lamp sits on the other side of the desk, so I stapled that cord under the desk over to the extension cord plugin as well. My iMac has a rounder, thicker cord, so I used some of these cord clips instead of the staples. They have an adhesive backing that sticks wherever you need them.

Learn how to hide annoying computer cords from LoveGrowsWild.com - perfect for when you don't want your desk shoved against a wall!

It may not be 100% perfect, but it works for me! I have a big crock with a fern that sits in front of the left side of my desk, which also helps hide the cord running across the floor. If I wanted to, I could probably get a larger rug and hide the cord underneath, but I just love the round braided rug I have now.

So did I answer all your questions? Is there anything else you’re dying to know? How do you hide/organize YOUR computer and desk cords? Leave me a comment below… I’d love to hear from you!

Learn how to hide annoying computer cords from LoveGrowsWild.com - perfect for when you don't want your desk shoved against a wall!


More from our office makeover:

 A must-see makeover! Check out the transformation of this gorgeous home office decorated with vintage finds and tons of farmhouse charm at LoveGrowsWild.com

Office Makeover Reveal

Old hutches and china cabinets make great storage for an office! See how this outdated piece gets transformed at LoveGrowsWild.com

Office Storage Hutch Makeover

Turn any picture frame into a hanging sign! See more photos of this gorgeous farmhouse office decorated with an old door at LoveGrowsWild.com

Old Door and Office Sign

Get organized with this DIY Framed Dry Erase Board! It's simple to make and magnetic too! Get the full tutorial at LoveGrowsWild.com

DIY Framed Dry Erase Board


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Comments

  1. Love it!!!!!! After I left my last message about floating the desk I convinced the hubs to work with me on flipping mine out in my studio. I happen to have a half wall with a plug right next to the edge of the desk which worked out quite well. Because my sawhorse desk is so open though I spent several hours working to conceal wires, 3 separate external hard drives with their cords & of course the router & all that ugly stuff that is so needed to function – all the while my fire chief husband shooting down every slick idea I had because it wasn’t fire safe. 🙂 It would have gone a lot faster if it were not for him – but I may have eventually burned our house down. But I’m not one to quit – especially when I can prove him wrong – so I was able to make it work – YAY!! Thanks for the inspiration Liz!!

  2. I added a power strip under my desk for plenty of plug ins with a surge protector for the computer.
    Then I led the power strip cord down the leg and under a cable raceway to hide it. I like your idea of positioning furniture to disguise the cord! Thanks!

  3. This is definitely a simple way to hide your extension chord. I would have never thought to use a staple gun; twist ties, adhesives, etc. I’ve even screwed screws to the underside of a table so I affix a power strip. I love your office!
    Have you thought about using a strip like this, to run across the floor?
    http://images1.cableorganizer.com/cable-shield-cord-protector/images/04-CSX-2-wood-grain.jpg (I have never even heard of this company before, just noticed the strip and thought it could be a possible solution.)

    • Liz Fourez says:

      No way… I’ve never seen anything like that! It might be a pain to try to match the wood color with your floor, but it would definitely look better than a cord running across the floor. Great find, Pam!

  4. Came across this post from a link-up party! I really like how your desk is positioned in the room! It’s making me reconsider where I have my desk..although with little ones toddling around, I may have to keep it as is. Looking forward to checking out the rest of your office makeover for inspiration!

  5. I’ve been searching for a way to float my desk. Thank you!

  6. You really should have a surge protector for your iMac. That’s an expensive machine to let get fried by a storm.

  7. What is your computer monitor sitting on? And where can I get it? 🙂

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