Introduction: Declutter Cable Salad

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I had a lot of cable clutter behind my stereo that started to look like a spaghetti salad. I like to have my stereo and similar on the floor and decided to look for a solution without buying a rack.

I came up with a plainted box from Hema:

http://www.hema.nl/nl-nl/winkel/wonen/opbergartikelen/luxe_opbergmand-(99000566).aspx

The advantage of this is that it is made from cloth and you can move the individual bands for the cables to fit through. So not cutting and drilling required.

Additionally, I have used a set of wire/cable clips to have the cables organised a little inside the box.

This is where I started off:

Step 1: You Need:

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- A plainted box
- A piece of cloth to cover the box if the box has no lid
- Some cable clips or similar

Step 2: Start to Fit in Cables

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Place the box behin your stereo and start to fit in the cables in and out so that most of the cable is inside the box. Bind each cable together witha wire or a cable clip so that you have themy tidy also inside your box.

Step 3: Finishing and Covering the Box

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Make sure that the box is as close to your stereo as posible by adjusting the cables. You will have less visible cable that way. Cover the box with a lid or like I with a piece of cloth.

Comments

poori_kanna (author)2011-05-24

hey this is a gr8 idea!!! i've always been frustrated about the wires being my comp and the dust that accumulates around it ... thanks for the idea :D

UltraMagnus (author)2008-08-31

on overheating, you could add a cooling fan... which would require yet more cable....

bedbugg2 (author)2008-08-27

hmmmm...i might be a bit paranoid about the thing overheating...

HeWantsRevenge (author)bedbugg22008-08-27

yep yep...something flame resistant and i have to have breather holes or soemthing to help cool all the ac adaptors and power strips...great idea though, jus needs more thought on materials

MacRadge (author)bedbugg22008-08-27

Sure one thing to consider. It depends on the equipment you have. I have a harman/kardon PM 635i amp. It does not overheat. The Philips DVD player, the DVB-T receiver and the component switch are no problems either. The Wii is on the very top and gets enough air. But if I had a PS3 I needed to be more careful.

dchall8 (author)2008-08-27

That's pretty clever. Like it. I have a power strip with five regular sockets and three for conventional transformers. The last few hard drives I've bought use a redesigned sideways transformer that prevents me from using either the assigned transformer sockets or the ends of the regular sockets without interfering with the adjacent sockets. Now it's only good for six plugs instead of eight. Guess it's back to the hardware store to get one like you used.

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