Channeling the internal cabling of the PC is necessary to promote good internal cooling of the computer, but the routing of the cables of the PC on the desktop is, usually, another very different issue for most users. Having a tidy table and clear of cables is the dream of almost all PC users, but it is not an easy thing with so many peripherals, necessary for its operation. In this article we are going to try to help you so that you can correctly channel the wiring of your PC and that not only the desktop remains clear, but also that you avoid possible dangers and accidents.
Keep in mind that it is extremely difficult to have a “magazine” desk, totally without cables, since there are not a few devices that need them to work: to begin with, the power, video and USB cables of the PC, and to Terminate the cables of the peripherals that, necessarily, have to go through the desk to be able to connect them (unless you use wireless peripherals, obviously). In any case, below you will find our best advice in this regard.
Avoid leaving PC cables hanging on the desk
As a general rule, almost all the PC cables are connected to the rear of the tower, and these tend to be in many cases hanging almost to the ground. The same happens with the monitor cables (both video and power connection), which we connect to the device and they remain hanging, even wound on themselves.
To begin with, we will tell you that you always have to prevent the cables from hanging, for two reasons: the first one is that the cable’s own weight can end up forcing the connector and damaging it, and that is of course something we should try to avoid. The second reason is that having the cables hanging (as you can see in the left part of the upper image) can be potentially dangerous, because it would be easy to hook a cable with your feet (for example) and hit it, causing it to disconnect or forcing even more connectors.
In addition, having the cables hanging and even more so if they are wound on themselves will cause them to deform, both the cables and the connectors themselves, reducing their durability and potentially generating connection problems. Finally and as is obvious, it is quite ugly to leave it like that.
Use gutters to channel cables
The best solution to prevent the cables from hanging is to use gutters, since they will allow us to make the cables practically fixed only where we want them to go and, in addition, they will hide them from view. If you don’t want to use gutters, you can use even adhesive clamps to retain the cables so that they do not move or remain in sight; It is a cheaper way, and although it does not work as well as using gutters, it is also quite functional and cheap.
It is really complicated and an art to ensure that no cables are seen, especially those of the peripherals unless they are wireless, but having the cables channeled or at least attached will not only give another look to your PC desktop, but also it will be safer and easier to clean.
How to route peripheral cables
Keeping the PC cables organized and hidden from view is relatively easy using gutters or clamps, since they are cables that will be left behind the table after all. The tricky part is hiding the cables for peripherals, like the keyboard, mouse, or headphones, from view.
Don’t get your hopes up: if you don’t have wireless peripherals, you’re going to have cables around the table. Now, whether they are disorganized or fairly presentable will depend on you; For example, as we have put in the image above, you can put a piece of gutter that crosses a part of the table to channel the keyboard and mouse cables, remaining fairly hidden and functional at the same time.
Of course, you also have some other tools that will help you channel the peripheral cables, such as headphone stands that have a USB hub. In these you will not only have a fixed place in which to hang the headphones, but you can also connect and channel the keyboard and mouse cables in a single area of the desk.
In short, it takes some skill and in many cases to invest a little money to be able to channel and properly hide the PC cables on the desk, but later it will bring you many advantages since it will be much easier to clean the table, you will avoid ” Accidental snags “with dangling cables and dirt collecting, and of course you’ll have a much cleaner and more presentable desktop.”