Having messy cables behind your computer or tv set are usually not a pretty site. Some people also recon that messy wires behind a computer blocks the computers rears fans airflow. A solution is to sleeve the cables in a special sleeve or in a sleeve made of duct tape.
Step 1: Just What You Need.
- Measuring tape(Not really necessary but I like to build most things to spec or some sort of measurement)
- Duct tape
- 2 or 3 A4 sheets of paper
- A computer or tv set with messy back end.
Step 2: What a Mess
Using a tape measure, I decided that the sleeve should be about 600mm and about 2 and a half duct tape widths(125mm).
Step 3: Over Lap and Cover Up.
Since duct tape is expensive and I don't want to use it where it is not necessary, I opted for a paper backing to avoid the cables sticking to the tape. I started at one side by setting the paper on the sticky side of the duct tape, leaving about 15mm from the edge of open. I did the same on the open side next to the paper covering the sticky side and leave a edge open.
Step 4: Scissors Cuts Paper
The next step is to cut the slots where the cables enter the sleeve. Just by holding the flat sleeve next to the cables will give you the general area. Use a pen to mark the areas.
Once the areas are marked use the scissor to cut out slots so that all the cables will fit thought the slot.
Step 5: Fitment
Just a added note: Some cables, like a monitor cable will have a little plastic bit at the end, this part could be left outside the sleeve to avoid thick areas and thin areas.