IKEA's Mikael Desk Gets Some DIY Cable Management

IKEA's Mikael Desk Gets Some DIY Cable Management

Range Govindan
Mar 18, 2010

If there's one thing that we really like about IKEA furniture is just how practical they are and how easily they can be hacked. We were really impressed how Beth managed to get some inexpensive cable management into her Mikael Desk.

IKEA can be a great source for cool furniture at affordable prices. We really really inspired at how cheaply and efficiently Beth managed to get the wires of her Mac hidden away thanks to some ingenuity. She was really tired of seeing the nasty table of wires and computer cords hanging down the back of her Mikael desk, so she decided to do something about it.

Beth decided to cover the back of her computer desk to hide the cords from view. It's a great idea, because we've all got a bit of cable mess and we think that hiding it this way enables you to manage part of it. She went to Lowe's and bought a piece of precut wainscoting for $7.46, which she had trimmed down to the right size (26" tall by 29.5" wide). When she was ready to install it, she noticed that she needed to cut an extra piece off so that her Mac wouldn't overheat. She trimmed away 8.5" from the top and 8.75" from the right.

All that was left was to drill some holes into the corners and nail it to the back of the computer desk. Problem Solved. We hope that this inspires you to get rid of your tangled mess of wires before they morph into the dreaded cable squid!

[via Ikeahacker, photos by Beth and IKEA]

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