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How to Hide Desk Wires (Methods and Recommendations)

There are several ways to hide the wires on your desk. I will show you your options, from simple ways and small accessories requiring little time and effort to arrange to great under-the-desk solutions requiring some DIY time.

Top Methods:

Our recommended solution: Installing an under-desk tray. You may need to drill holes and screw it in place. You can route the wires with a hole on the top and set a grommet in place or from behind or install a power strip underneath. Additionally:

MethodSetup EaseHow HiddenNotes
📎 Cable Clips97Stick to underside of desk or wall. Good for light cable management.
🌀 Cable Sleeves78Bundle multiple wires together. Neat but wires still visible.
🗄️ Under Desk Trays79Mounted under desks; can hold multiple cables and power strips.
🌮 Cord Tacos86Leather or fabric enclosures; better for on-the-go.
🌀 Cable Zip Ties77Bundle wires together; can become cluttered if not maintained.
📦 Cable Boxes79Enclose power strips and adapters; keeps things tidy.
🪝 Adhesive Hooks97Attach to the back or underside of desks; route cables through.

You can, of course, combine several of the options given to create an ideal overall solution. I recommend installing an under-desk tray, so I will describe that first.

Installing an Under-Desk Tray (Recommended Solution)

Wiring under the desk is a great way to hide desk wires if you have the time.

One method to hide all the wires under the desk is to install an under-desk tray like the one below.

Under-desk cable management
Under-desk cable management

Follow the 4 steps below to install an under-desk tray.

Step 1: Locate a Suitable Spot

Locate a suitable spot to attach the tray.

A person is holding a piece of metal on a shelf while figuring out how to hide desk wires
Video | BTODTV

Step 2: Hold the Tray in Place

Hold the tray in place with one hand on the chosen spot.

A man installing a monitor mount on a desk
Video | BTODTV

Step 3: Drill Holes

Drill holes to attach the tray in place. There are usually 2 to 4 holes, depending on how long it is.

A man is using a screwdriver to mount wire tray
Video | BTODTV

Step 4: Set the Wires

Set all the wires, power strips, extension cords, adapters, etc., in place on the tray.

A man is installing a wire tray on a desk to hide wires
Video | BTODTV

If you attached it at the back of your desk, the view from the front may look something like this:

A computer work desk with tray mounted at the back to hide wires
Video | BTODTV

Let’s look at more under-the-desk solutions using pass-throughs and power strips.


Some newer desks have a built-in pass-through (a hole) to route all your cables, cords, and wires out of sight, but you can easily create one if it doesn’t.

Creating a Pass-Through

You will need a power drill and grommet to create a pass-through yourself. Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Choose a suitable spot for the pass-through.
  • Step 2: Drill a hole on the chosen spot with a diameter large enough to allow all the wires to pass through or large enough for a grommet.
  • Step 3: Fit a grommet in the hole to make it look nice and limit damage to its sides.


Below is a sample of grommets you can use to hide desk wires.

One common type (shown on the left) has a sliding cover, another (middle one) has a flexible opening that can allow various-sized cables through, and brush types (on the right) are also available in circular and rectangular formats.

The first 2 are typically around 1½” in diameter. The brush type below will require a hole in the shape of a larger rectangle.

Three different types of desk grommet

You can also buy a grommet with a built-in outlet like the ones below; some have built-in USB ports. It is typically larger with a diameter of up to 3” or 4”.

A grommet with built-in outlets and USB ports

Attaching a Power Strip Under the Desk

The back of a power strip or extension cord has two holes to attach them to a firm surface.

The back of a power strip or extension cord/lead
The back of a power strip or extension cord/lead

So, you can use strong adhesive tape to attach one under the desk, drill holes to attach hooks or use 2 nails instead.

  • Step 1: Choose a suitable spot for the pass-through.
  • Step 2: Measure the distance between the holes for the hooks.
  • Step 3: Drill holes in the marked spots.
  • Step 4: Fit a hook or screw in each hole.
  • Step 5: Hang the power strip.

Your setup may look like one of those shown below. I’ve given them to give you some ideas on where to place one.

A picture of a desk with a power strip attached to it
Video | UPLIFT Desk

You can also use various accessories in combination with one of the above under-the-desk solutions or without it.

The Simplest Way to Hide Desk Wires

The simplest and no-cost way to hide your desk wires is to ensure you only have the ones you need on your desk.

Often, we have many unused wires on our desks and can gain much space by removing them. Decluttering is the first thing to consider when looking to hide your desk wires. So hide the ones you don’t need or are not currently in use.

Small Accessories for Hiding Desk Wires

Various small-sized accessories are available that you can use to not only tidy the desk wires but also hide them on the side or underneath.

You can also use them on the top surface. They won’t hide the wires completely, but they can help such that they take up less space.

Small accessories that can be used to hide desk wires include cable clips, cable ties, and velcro straps.

A picture of a cable clips, cable ties, and velcro straps

Larger Accessories for Hiding Desk Wires

Various larger accessories are also available for hiding desk wires.

You can keep the wires on the desk’s top surface, hide them inside the cable management accessories, or attach them on a side. Such accessories include:

  • Cable Covers and Raceways
  • Cable Sleeves
  • Cable Management Boxes
  • Cable tray
  • Spiral Wraps
  • Cable Holders

A series of pictures of a cable management box, a card spiral wrap, a zipped cable sleeve and a D-line cable hider

A cable raceway under a desk
A cable raceway under a desk


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