In modern households the amount of device-related separate cables has been augmenting steadily over the years: mobile phone chargers, headsets, usb-connectors for various devices, video connectors, LAN cables and the like. This instructable presents a solution for hanging those cables properly, using easy-to-make and user-friendly clips, from which cables can be hung vertically. The solitary design (one clip for one cable) allows to pin up the cables where you need them: one clip in every room or closet. The only requirement is that enough space is available vertically: the cable is supposed to hang all stretched out. This prevents the cable from raveling at the same time.

Basic material is some flexible tubing: 2 cm (0.8 in) for one cable clip is fine. In this instructable transparent tubing with an outer diameter of 8 mm (0.31 in) has been used, and an inner diameter of 4 mm (0.16 in). Wider tubing may be used to hang thicker cables, pencils or even brooms. The idea is to remove some material at the exterior sides, to result in two triangular clasps, constituting a fastening clip. In order to pin up the clip, a small hole at the backside of the clip allows to screw it on a wall or closet.

The author of this instructable is also selling the cable clips. The webshop is accessible through http://www.instructables.com/member/openproducts.

The following steps will guide you through the process or creating your own clips. In step 8 some words are spend on explaining why this clip is innovative.

Step 1: Getting prepared

The material you'll need for the cable clip:

 - a tube;
 - a small screw and possibly a wall plug, depending on the surface you'd like to mount the cable clip onto.

The tools you'll need for shaping the cable clip:

 - a knife or a pair of scissors for cutting the tubing;
 - a drill and a small bit or a nail and a hammer for making the hole at the backside;
 - something to prevent the tube from being cut through (a large nail for example).

Using the pair of scissors is safer than using the knife, especially since the knife should be really sharp. In addition, be careful that the tube isn't rolling while you are exerting pressure with the knife.
I love this.
Instead of using a nail or screw you could also use products such as 3M Command Damage-Free Hanging adhesive strips. They come in white & clear, 3 different sizes/weight capacities & are removeable. If you follow the installation instructions to the letter, not hard but important, they will stay on until you are ready to take them off. As long as you don't exceed the weight capacity. I'm not a business promoter just a consumer who loves this product. I hate putting holes in my walls & this stuff has been a lifesaver.
Good idea,Id been using those small screw in hooks.
Good suggestion, thanks for posting. Provided that the the cable plug fits <em>into</em> the opening of the screw-in hook it'll work fine as well, see the picture below. If it doesn't fit and the backside of the plug is straight the cable might slip out. In Step 8 of the instructable the design features of the cable clip from tubing are highlighted, of which some differ from the solution with the screw-in hook: a) the clip encloses the cable completely and in such a way that it cannot easily slide out; and b) the flexible nature of the clip makes that it automatically adjusts to thicker cables. The latter property additionally allows hanging up objects that don't have a thickening at the end (like the plug in case of a cable): pencils for example.
Yep,Im gonna change mine over to the design you have come up with,cause I often would have cords slip out.Believe it or not,I think with a few mods.like making the unit able to hold,say six cords,and being a one piece unit,you have a very marketable Idea.The problem with more devises than outlets is one we all have.
It's usefull.THS
Wonderful this is what i need, thanks.
Thanks that is KISS. and clever at the same time. Very usefull

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