One of the most common questions we receive is about hiding cables and wires in and around the computer. With the myriad of accessories that many of us live and depend upon, plugging in and out USB, power plugs and other connections is a regular necessity. But the process tends to bring cable clutter alongside with it. One way to remove clutter from a limited space desk is to flush mount a desk grommet, like these five we've selected for an assortment of tasks...
For any of the desk grommets below, you'll either need to have a desk pre-drilled with a 3" hole or use a little DIY skills to prepare for installation using a power drill attachment. Also note, you'll need to account for the distance between your computer and the grommet, alongside any additional power cables connecting the pieces.
The Belkin In-Desk iPod Dock lets you sync and charge your musical companion with a USB 1.1 or 2.0 connection with a flush mounted, space saving design. Windows and OS X compatible.
Another Belkin device, the Belkin Grommet USB Hub comes with 4 USB connections; two designs, with one flush and another forward mounted for easier access. Available at Cableorganizer.com, Belkin (out of stock) and Amazon.
FSR T3 Single User Table Boxes come wired in various configurations, including AC outlets, Stereo Mini Jack, RJ-45 pass through connector, HD15 computer video connection. They're available round or square and built Tonka-tough with 16-gauge galvanized steel.
The PowerTap Grommet Pop-up Power Data Center offers "now you see it, now you don't" action with a flip feature which hides the 3 grounded power outlets and 2 Ethernet connections. Comes with an 8ft long power cord to connect.
And if you wanted to add something similar to the kitchen (or on your desk), there's something like this Kitchen Power Grommet, which pops up for appliance use and then hides away when you're done toasting, blending or computing. They're not cheap, but the hideaway feature for power and data is very appealing for small space dwellers such as ourselves (our kitchen is so small, we can't even install one of these!).