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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

How to Hide Messy Cords with Pegboard

This post is sponsored by National Hardware, 
but opinions about pegboard products are completely mine!

I have this problem area under my desk in my home office with all my cords - they are awful and ugly. It's probably something many of you have a problem with, too! I've been trying to come up with some sort of "pretty" solution to the problem. And I did! Get ready to pin this and share it because there is NOTHING on Pinterest like it - I've looked!

BEFORE: under desk cords are messy ::

These are all the plugs and cords that I have to have under my desk but they aren't exactly hidden and they aren't exactly pretty! Cue the pegboard!

AFTER: under desk cords are hidden and organized ::

Yes, here is the AFTER. Let me show you the hidden part. It's pretty neat! You can pull down the pegboard and the power strip is right there to get to. I even labeled all the cords and plugs, of course.

Under desk power strip hidden on back of pegboard ::

Let me show you how I did this because it's quite simple. 

Cut down pegboard ::

First, I bought some pegboard and cut it down to size. This is a HUGE piece and cost about $12!! I can cut it up and use it for several projects. It's light weight and fits {barely} in the back of my van. You can even have them cut it down to size at the home improvement center. I measured the opening of the area under my desk and cut it down by 1/4 inch on all sides so that I could pull it in and out.

To get ombré effect, simply use three shades of varying spray paint ::

I used three different shades of spray paint that are a slight shade up from each other. To make the ombré effect, simply spray the whole piece of pegboard the lightest shade first. Then, visually cut in thirds using the spray paint. Carefully spray each third layering slightly with the spray paint. There is lots of room for error so it's not too hard.

Hiding messy cords under desk supplies ::

Here are the supplies you'll need in addition to the pegboard:

On back of pegboard tie power strip with cable ties ::

I turned the pegboard around and used the cable ties to hold the power strip in place. Since they are clear cable ties, they don't show much on the spray painted side. I also had to thread two cable ties* together to make it long enough and then clipped the excess. 

*One of my tips to make cable ties work even if they aren't long enough.

Place felt on the bottom of pegboard to prevent scratching hardwood floors ::

After putting on the power strip, I added some felt on the bottom to protect the hardwood floors. 

Label cords on power strip ::

Labeled each cord so I could easily see what each cord was for and what machine or appliance it went to. 

Use light clip with velcro strip to hold back pegboard panel ::

This is the part that took me the longest to figure out. I needed some way to "open" and "close" the pegboard to access the power strip, but I didn't want to screw anything into my new desk in my office. I decided the light clips were the perfect solution, but bought the velcro strips to help tweak it. The clips "hold back" the panel from falling forward, but they can easily be removed and put back with the velcro. Being they are clear, you can't really even see them. I like that!

National Hardware sent me a big assortment of pegboard attachments. I chose a few of them to hang my headphones, USB cable, and some office supplies under my desk where I could grab them easily. If you see the extra extension cord popping out up top, that's for my vintage fan on my desk - since it has no switch I have to plug in each time I use it. You can also see the cable ties through the pegboard, but they aren't super obvious. 

Now my desk area looks amazing! No more pesky cords! I can hold extra office supplies with the pegboard attachments and it looks neat and tidy!

Before and After - Hide messy cords with ombré painted pegboard ::

Please go and see how these other bloggers organized with pegboard too:

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  1. You are a genius! I love this. I was just in our office the other day staring at the ugly mess of cords. I'm excited to try this!

    1. Oh, wonderful! Glad you've got a great idea now! It was fun, too! Becky B.

  2. Okay this is brilliant. I am def doing this in our office!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

    1. Aw, thank you, Ellen! I get into that organization mode and then have to figure it out! Becky B.

  3. love this - so much neater and love that it creates extra storage again too :)

  4. OK, this is genius! I love it so much!

  5. Love it! It really looks fabulous and you can customize the beg board based on the age of the kids in the house.

  6. so smart! and looks fab, love the graduation of color. you are an inspiration!

  7. So clever Becky. Who wants to see those messy cords?! Such a smart solution. Love the blue color by the way... my favorite! xo Jenna

  8. looks amazing! i love those cabinets! where are those from? are they ikea?

  9. Awesome! I love it. Thank you, Ellen!


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