My husband and I recently purchased a new media center. Our previous media center was damaged when we moved more than three years ago, and we finally reached our limit of staring at the broken piece.
We searched for more than two months for a replacement. We talked to a furniture designer about creating a custom media center, we searched Craigslist and the classifieds, we visited dozens of furniture stores, and we wasted many hours online looking for possible solutions.
Ultimately, we decided to go with Elfa Freestanding. We realized that as our family expands, our current office/television room will be moved to another part of the house or another house entirely. So, the media center needed to be easily portable and able to be repurposed as our requirements change. Plus, we rarely have visitors in our office/television room, so function outweighed form on our list of priorities.
The back of the unit is exposed, which meant that we had to get creative hiding equipment cables. We used two methods to corral the cables:
I’m pretty happy with the results except for the mess of cables under the media center near the surge protector/power strip. I’m going to let the equipment sit for another week to make sure that I like where everything is located, and then use velcro cable ties to get rid of the mess at the bottom of the unit. You can see a few cables behind the equipment, but they’re orderly and controlled.
All of the cable wrangling gear we picked up at our local Home Depot, and the Elfa Freestanding we purchased from The Container Store. I know that there will be multiple comments from people saying that we shouldn’t use plastic cable ties, but ultimately they were the best solution for us. The only cords we used them on are for our gaming equipment, and we haven’t experienced any interference or delay in play. We initially tried velcro ties on the gaming cables, but they slipped out of place and were distracting. The plastic ties stay in place and are virtually unnoticeable, which is what we wanted.
If you’re looking to curb cable clutter at the back of your media center, think about using kwik klips, and either velcro or plastic cable ties. They can supply order where chaos typically ensues.