Workspace of the week: Cables contained

This week’s Workspace of the Week is JoyMystic’s beautifully wired desk:

Instead of an entire office, this week I chose to feature the wire wizardry of a single workstation. All of the cables as they leave the equipment are tethered to other nearby cables with what looks like plastic zip ties. These ties are extremely versatile, inexpensive, and simple to cut off if you need access to the cable. Once in a cable bundle, they are then routed onto the back side of a piece of pegboard and to the power strip, or up toward another piece of equipment on the desk top. The power strip and other wall warts appear to be tied to the pegboard with plastic zip ties, too. Finally, I also like all of the adjustable monitor arms and the peripheral stand. Thank you, JoyMystic, for submitting your desk to our Flickr pool.

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6 Comments for “Workspace of the week: Cables contained”

  1. posted by JustGail on

    Very neat -both idea and execution. Question for JoyMystic – I notice in the other photos that this is against the wall. Do you need to get behind to re-work cables much, like for adding new equipment or cleaning? I’m just wondering how you accomplish that, since it doesn’t look like there’s much slack in cables between the various tables.

  2. posted by Joy Mystic on

    Thanks guys for featuring my setup. I enjoyed making it and got rewarded greatly both physically and psychologically. It improved my productivity by leaps and bounds. I highly encourage anyone to go for it. It is very easy even a caveman or woman can do it. 🙂 I posted lots of helpful links that will make your job easier as well as motivate you. Also, feel free to ask any questions here or on my site. I’ll be happy to offer my two cents.

    For your question, JustGail, I rarely if ever get to re-work the cables. I’ll need this only when I want to add or remove equipments, which is a rare event as you can guess. You set it and forget it as they say.

    That said, it is easy to access the pegboard. The table and the cabinet stay as they are and I swing the desk out from the far left to get free access. I take the board off the hooks, lower it down to the floor, tilt it or put flat on the floor and do any adjustments. Same, and even easier, for the cabinet’s pegboard. Best!

  3. posted by Klutzgrrl on

    Nice work. This seems like a great idea to facilitate easy cleaning – having everything mounted on the board means you can swing the whole thing out, vaccuum, swing it back. Also being off the floor is good – where I live we get some heavy rain and I’m progressively working on getting things off the floor in case of flooding. (It’s unlikely but possible).

    Good organizational strategies seem to be an excellent antidote to the clutter that necessary technology can create!

  4. posted by Laurazz on

    Love having organized cables — it’s such an eyesore to see a mess of wires – especially in a small space when your office may be out in the open.

  5. posted by Steve on

    Joy Mystic,

    What monitor arm are you using for your 27″ iMac? I have been unable to find one suitable for for the job despite quite a lot of googling. I notice that it is folded back. Does it perform well when extended?

  6. posted by Joy Mystic on

    @ Klutzgrrl – My setup not only offer easy cleaning below the board but also needs little to no cleaning at all! Unlike cluttered cables on the floor, mine collects little to no dust behind the board.

    @ Laurazz – eye sore was one of my main reasons to make this solution. I might also add that the vertical approach is better for heat dissipation unlike cables and adapters piling up over each other.

    @ Steve – All details of my workstation components are here: I learned a lot about 27″ monitor arms from here: (My two posts are on page 14). The forum is a long read but informative. Basically best two options you will get from this board are Innovative 7500HD-1500 (pictured above) or M8 HumanScale. Links to both are on my site. Also, Apple store has two other options but very little reviews on them. Cheer!

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