Even the tiniest, nicest home looks messy because of cluttered power cords laying around in the corner, under the desk, or right on top of it. We have too many chargers, power cords, wires for all the electrical devices, and they often seem quite unruly.
To manage the clutter of cables, there are several fun and creative DIY projects. Make your own DIY charging station to hide the cables or turn the cord into wall art. It is up to you.
Here are 10 DIY projects that will help you keep the messy cables under control.
1. Wire Blooms
If you have an awkwardly positioned outlet and a cable, these nail-in cable clips will keep your cables to the wall while being decorative to the room interior. If there is no chance to hide it, make something creative and visually pleasant.
2. Wall Art
Rather than seeing cables as disadvantages, creatively organize them. Do something interesting, and make unique wall art. The longer the cord is, the better and make sure to work with opposite colors.
3. DIY Charging Station
With this simple family charging station, you can have the cords always staying in one place. All the electronics – iPad, iPhones, iPods – can charge simultaneously, and you won’t have to go around the house to find the cables. A great feature of this DIY project is the outlet that you will convert to a 4-port USB charge.
4. Hacked Storage Table
This is a fantastic idea for your home office. If you have thousands of cables, printers, routers lying around, build a larger charging station. The IKEA Hol Storage Table will allow plenty of airflows. To access the printer, you can hack the table. Click on the link to see how.
5. Beaded Cord
If you like minimalist, industrial design, the pendant light bulb is an ideal choice for you. It brings an elegant vintage charm to your home. What about simply making those cords into design statements?Paint the wooden beads or leave them as they are; they will look pretty anyway. Click here for a step-by-step tutorial.
6. Natural Effect with Jute Cord
You won’t have to cut the electric table or anything to make this natural cover for the cord. It is completely safe and very simple. You’ll only need an extension cord – the longer, the better – 200 feet of medium-weight jute rope, glue gun, and glue sticks. Buy thicker jute rope, so you don’t have to wrap too much.
7. Shoe Box Cord Organizer
There is no cheaper way to create your own charging station than this shoebox solution. You will only need an extension lead, scissors, and a shoebox. Create your own design and be creative when choosing the colors.
8. Braided Cord Cover
You can turn any cord into a vintage-style cloth cord with a skein of yarn and some DIY skills. If you have an awkward cable that can’t be hidden, pick a vibrant color and cover it with this technique’s help. It is also a great way to create a cord for a minimalist bare bulb pendant.
9. Re-purposed Antique Toolbox
With this repurposed antique toolbox, you won’t have phones, cameras lying around in the middle of a cable mess. You just have to find a rustic box you like and follow the instruction under the link.
10. IKEA Cable Management Box
If you are not a DIY project person or want a quicker solution for the mess, here is the Kvissle Cable Management Box from IKEA for less than a tenner. You can charge your devices and hide the chargers and cords under the lid.