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9 Tips for Wire and Cord Management at Work

12/7/20
Grainger Editorial Staff

Wires and cords are a part of modern work life, as is the tangled chaos they often create. From the cubicle to the warehouse, cable and wire management helps organize and tidy up the workplace, allowing you to control clutter and help keep your electronics, facilities and workers safe. These 9 tips can help get you started.

  1. Choose the right products for the job. In a warehouse, safety may be your primary concern so look into cable protectors that hide cables inside plastic or rubber covers, help prevent cord damage from foot traffic and reduce tripping hazards. In an office that relies on technology to function, the main objective may be to protect computer cables and wires by using cable supports, wireways and raceways.  
  2. Find functional furniture. Office furniture sometimes comes with cord routing channels and attached power outlets. Cord routing channels help to both protect and hide wires. Electrical outlets attached to the back and side panels of furniture or inside drawers help keep power strips off the floor and make it easier for workers to charge and access work devices.
  3. Remove the slack from cords. Much of the cord and cable chaos can come from having cords that are longer than needed. Use cable ties to neatly bundle any slack in cords and help keep it out of the way.
  4. Store for later use. Cord reels neatly store extension cords and coaxial cable when not in use. They help keep workplaces neater and prevent cords from tangling. Other wire management tools help with storage as well as cable installation tasks.
  5. Add labels. Part of cord disarray is not knowing which wire or cord plugs into which device. Cable and wire markers are specifically designed for this. These labels fit wires tightly and can be printable, color-coded and self-adhesive.
  6. Use sleeves for grouping and protection. Often made of polyethylene, nylon and fiberglass, wire and cable sleeving bundles, manages and protects cords and wires. Some sleeves offer heat and cold resistance and can protect against abrasion and punctures, while other sleeves can protect cables and wires from chemicals, fuels and salt water.  
  7. Consider camouflage. Why not cover up the wires? You can purchase or even make decorative boxes to sit on a desktop or shelf to hide cords, charging stations and power strips.
  8. Clip it to keep it handy. Microphone jacks, earbuds, charging cords, HDMI cables—many workers rely on a host of delicate and easy-to-misplace cords to stay functional at work. Desktop clips help keep these small cords organized and easily accessible. For larger cords, use cable clips and hooks to lift cables out of the way and keep them secured in place.
  9. Go wireless. One of the easiest ways to manage cords is to eliminate them. Cordless tools run on battery power and wireless mice, keyboards and printers cut down on cable clutter around computer workstations.

A consistent cord management system can help improve your workplace in many ways. Consider implementing some of the top 9 tips listed above to help keep spaces neat and eliminate some electrical or tripping hazards.

Check out this selection of wire and cable management products to help you protect the electric cords, wires and cables used in your facilities.

The information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only and is based on information available as of the initial date of publication. No representation is made that the information or references are complete or remain current. This article is not a substitute for review of current applicable government regulations, industry standards, or other standards specific to your business and/or activities and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions should refer to the applicable standards or consult with an attorney.

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