Best Methods for Standing Desk Cable Management

Author: Gina Cunsolo

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Best Methods for Standing Desk Cable Management

With the desks in our office likely hosting a computer and a speakerphone, and possibly a desk lamp, mobile phone charger, a printer, and more, the associated wires can create a chaotic tangle that’s not only a mess but a potential fire hazard. And although much of that rat’s nest can be hidden under a traditional desk, if you opt for a standing desk those wires can be a tripping hazard that at the very least can result in some or all of the equipment being pulled off the desk, and at the worst can result in a visit to the emergency room for treatment of a head injury or broken leg.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some solutions for cable management when using a standing desk, either at the company headquarters or your home office.

Standing desks are great, but they make cable management tricky

It’s a well-known fact that those workers who can are increasingly opting to do their jobs from home for at least part of the week. In addition to cutting down on commuting costs and giving workers more free time, working from home allows us to set up our home office to our liking.

A key issue for office workers is the fact that prolonged sitting has been demonstrated to increase mortality from issues such as cancer, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes. So as workers seek ways to improve their health by lessening the amount of time they sit, many are opting to outfit their home office with a standing desk.

They come in a variety of styles, but a typical standing desk can be used either while standing or with a high stool. Some models, called sit-stand desks, can also be raised or lowered to accommodate a variety of working styles.

But because they are typically open from all sides, sit-stand desk cable management can become an issue.

Best ways to manage cables with a standing desk

Place your desk against the wall to cover up messy wiring

If it’s feasible, place your desk against the wall so cables or wires aren’t out in the open. Since the lower part of a typical standing or sit-stand desk is open, though, you’ll want a way to keep those cables tidy.

Make use of nylon cable ties

Most hardware stores sell nylon zip-ties that can be used to bind cables together, minimizing the risk that your foot will become tangled in a stray cable.

Cable management clips are an alternative

Cable management clips perform a function similar to that of cable ties, but with an added benefit. Not only can cable management clips be opened to remove a cable if needed, but many styles come with an adhesive backing, making them a great solution for routing cables along a wall.

Employ a standing desk cable snake

These come in a variety of forms, but they typically involve a hollow tube slit down its length or a series of conjoined cable management clips for binding your cables together. Some models are magnetic and can be attached to a desk leg to keep cables out of the way. A variation on this concept is the standing desk cable chain or cable spine.

Use a cable cover for open spaces

If your standing desk is out in the open, one solution for wire management is the cable cover. These are essentially flat cable snakes that can be used in places where people may be stepping over the cables. A word of warning:  Use double-sided tape or some other adhesive to attach the cable cover to the floor. Otherwise, it can be a tripping hazard.

Making the most of your work from home standing desk setup

Incorporating a standing desk into your home office setup is just one step toward improving productivity. Check out this page to learn more about the technological tools Yamaha Unified Communications offers, and this one for ideas on creating the best work-from-home setup. Or for additional advice, reach out to one of our experts.