Cord Management

Soba Cable Director from Bluelounge

Most of us would like to ignore the unfortunate mess of cords lurking underneath and around our desks. It’s understandable, as organizing it all seems like such a pain. However, once you take a look at the Soba from Bluelounge, you might actually look forward to organizing those cords. Skeptical? Don’t be. The flexible tube portion has a ‘Vortex zipper’ that allows you to easily open and route cables through from one end to the other. Bundle up to three cords in the tubing and use the mounting clips to keep it all in place. Easy, right? Take a look at the video below for visuals.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.95
Available from: Bluelounge

CableBin

Oh, those pesky cords, sometimes you just want to throw them in the garbage bin. Well, now you can, except it’s not garbage bin, but a CableBin. Huh? It’s the CableBin, a cylindrical bin that’s meant to be home to all your cable clutter underneath your desk. Cables and hubs may be attached to the sidewalls via adhesive components, allowing all the blinking mess to be tidied away. The top tray/lid has cable access so you can easily charge your devices. Available at Bluelounge, $89.95.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Dock Tray

Also by Objekten, the designer of yesterday’s Swing LED Table Lamp, is this Dock Tray. Featuring a spot to store your cords and other small items underneath, your iPad can rest comfortably on its back or angled in the outer edge, horizontally or vertically. It’s a pretty perfect catch-all plus device stand for a desk/worktop.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $135.00
Available from: Rypen

Q Knot Reusable Zip Ties

These sound handy enough, don’t they? Reusable zip ties could be used to manage unruly cords, seal up snack bags, and all those other things your imagination can think of. Made of rubber, they’re easy to release for reuse. Get a pack of 12 ties for $6, 4 of each size/color.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $6.00
Available from: IPPINKA

Cordito Cord Wrap

Here’s a very simple solution to keep your cords in order: a leather wrap with slots for your plugs and wrapped cords. I’d be tempted to make my own (I’ve several leather remnants from abandoned zip pouch projects), but if you’re not the crafty I-can-cut-leather sort, you can purchase directly from thisisground’s etsy shop.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.99
Available from: thisisground's etsy shop

Queuger

Queuger, whaa?? Exactly. The Queuger is apparently for any use you can find for it. It’s a flexible elastomer wire with aluminum core, so you can bend it or twist it any which way you want. Maybe you’ll use it to keep wires organized, or to hold cabinet doors closed, or to help ease uncomfortable handles on a heavy bag… those suggestions are based entirely on the ‘ideas’ picture shown below, but you’ll think of many more.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: IPPINKA

Redmaloo Cable Bag

Just how tidy would all your cables be if you had this felt bag from Redmaloo? With plenty of room for mouse and cables, you’d most likely win the ‘most tidy’ award, and, if there’s no such thing in your circle of friends, then just give yourself a big pat on the back for avoiding a tangled mess.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €36.00
Availability: Buy Redmaloo Cable Bag here

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dockXtender

It’s a dock extender, simple as that. If your phone case is too big for your docking station or if you just need extra distance, plug in the extender and your troubles are solved, at least one of them anyways. Compatible with all iPad, iPhone and iPod models.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.95
Available from: CableJive

Great Balls of Wire

Here’s yet another option to consider in your battle against messy cords. The tennis sized ball can hide (or “swallow”) up to 5 feet of cable, cutting down on all that extraneous cordage that most of us have behind/around our desks and media centers. Designed by Søren Refsgaard and manufactured by Bald & Bang.

Available in red, orange, pink, grey, blue, black, yellow, green, and white.

Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

xlSync

No, that cord is not photoshopped in the image above. It’s an xlSync Cable from CableJive. Measuring 6.5 feet (2 meters) long, it’s the (much) longer sibling to the super short iStubz. So, you can charge your iPad while using it on the sofa, talk on your iPhone while it’s plugged into your computer, or maybe just utilize a plug that’s farther away than a normal cable can reach. CableJive actually sent me a sample*, and it’s perfect for reaching a previously-too-far-away plug to charge my phone at night.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.95
Available from: CableJive

iStubz: Super Short Sync Cable

These short cables are just the thing to have when syncing your gadget. Seeing as you don’t need the extra 2 feet of cord when your computer and iPad/iPhone/iPod are right next to each other, the Cablejive folks have made the short cables in 7cm or 22cm length.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $7.95
Available from: Cablejive

CableClip

Here’s another option for cable management. These clips by Bluelounge seem easy enough to wrap your cords around, allowing for a tidy desktop or transport.

Available in either small, medium, or large packages.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Leaf Tie

Ordinary cable-ties do the job just fine, but with these you have a hint of nature wherever you want.

Price shown is for 1 packet of 12 ties.
Designed by Lufdesign.

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00
Availability: Buy Leaf Tie here

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Cordctrl Headphone Organizer

Control your cord! The Cordctrl headphone organizer saves you from that tangled bird’s nest of wire you get every time you put your phone or iPod in your pocket.

Simply wrap your headphone cord around the *cordctrl and lock it at both ends by sliding the cord into the slots. When you want to use your pod, you just release the headphones cord from the slot, role it out and lock it again at a desirable length.

dimensions: 65 mm (length), 12 mm (diameter)
material: 100% high grade silicone

Purchase Information:

Price: �9.95
Availability: Buy Cordctrl Headphone Organizer here

Dotz

Hurray for more cord management options! These three Dotz products will help tame and identify all those pesky cords around you. Check out their site for more pictures and info.

“Inspired by frustration, founded on fun, and driven by passion”Dotz is a new line of cord management products that provides an innovative and simple solution that everyone can “connect with”. Dotz is that rare design artifact that is, easy to use, reusable and applicable to everyone who uses consumer and office electronics. Have you ever had trouble identifying what cord goes to what device? Have you ever unplugged something you shouldn’t have? If the answer is yes, you need Dotz…

Dotz Identifier (10 Reusable colored dotz), $9.99
Dotz Cord Straps (8 Reusable colored cordstraps), $9.99
Dotz Cord Wraps (1 Cordwrap), $9.99

Buy it here.

More information:

View Dotz here

 
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