Guide To: Cable Organizers, Cord Wranglers, and Cord-Concealing Charging Stations
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It's been a few years since we updated our list of top ten cord control solutions. There have been some helpful innovations in the move towards wireless tech, but sadly, the dream of a cord-free life hasn't yet been realized. Oh well, there are still a bunch of good cord wranglers out there, some of them less than a dollar apiece.
Bluelounge (Online): Founded by two designers, this online store is a source for high-end, beautiful solutions to the cord control problem. We've blogged many of them here on Unplggd: the Sanctuary Charging Station shown above ($130), CableDrop ($9.95), CableBox ($30) and Refresh Charging Station ($90) are some of our favorites.
Idapt (Online): The Idapt Universal Adapter originated in Barcelona in 2006 and its interchangeable charging inserts quickly caught on. The system, now available in 25 countries, has a plug-in approach that eliminates the need for cords connected to cell phones, iPods, and handheld chargers.
The Container Store (Various Locations/Online): They have physical stores in only 16 states, but their online presence makes their vast range of organization and storage products available to everyone. Their cord control systems range from specialized products (like the XL Organizer, $15, shown above) to basic twist ties.
Amazon.com (Online): For inexpensive cord control solutions, this is the place to look. The Belkin velcro cable ties shown above are just $4 a pack. Search the site for terms like "cord concealers," "velcro wraps," or "cable organizers."
CableOrganizer.com (Online): This online, 24-hour store sells almost every type of cable or cord organizer you could want. The Cable Turtle is a popular product that comes in 11 colors, 3 sizes, and ranges from $5 to $17.
IKEA (Various Locations/Online): Search for "cable" on IKEA's site and you'll get a bunch of simple, inexpensive solutions. Their cable organizers (which Gregory used in his office) include basic white boxes that attach to the underside of a desk and wrangle your cords for $10.
Stacks and Stacks (Online): This online megastore of organization has a cord management section, where you can find handy products like the Cord Keeper ($27), a kind of zippered Trapper-Keeper for your cables.
Monoprice.com (Online): This online store focuses on providing low prices for high-volume products like cables and electronics. They have a cable management section of their site, with everything from zip ties to clips, which you can buy for less than a dollar.
Kangaroom (Online): Known for their clever storage products, Kangaroom has a great office and tech section with a few different good-looking charging stations. The wall-mounted phone/PDA charging station ($30) is a popular model, with a sliding door that conceals cords.
Organize.com (Online): This site advertises "over 20,000 organizing products," with about 60 of those products dedicated to cord control. They carry many of the same products shown above, along with well-rated brands like Oxo's Good Grips cord and cable clips ($6 for 4).