Autonomous Standing Desk Wire Management Under $60By - 09/07/2017
It’s been over a year since I’ve swapped to the Autonomous standing desk, and I still love it. At this point in time, I stand about 7 hours per day. The impact to my body has been positive. It’s not all roses and sunshine, however; one not so positive outcome is the disruption to my sanity. As a bit of a neat freak, walking in and seeing a mess of dangling wires has always been a bit of a detractor, one made worse by rearranging my office set up.
Forced to turn the cord situation around, I created a sub-$60 solution that has streamlined the look of the desk and works when the desk is both in the standing and seated position.
To better manage your own wire problem you’ll first need to buy a few supplies. Keep in mind that my desk is white. Obviously, you might need to make adjustments based on the color of your desk. However, in order to transform my desk, I purchased five items.
|118 Inch Cable Management Neoprene Cord Cover Sleeve||$10.99||Reversible Black and White|
|3M Vinyl Electrical Tape||$3.81||White|
|Belkin BE106000 6-Outlet Commercial Power Strip Surge Protector||$17.45||White|
|WireTamer Cable Management Trays||$19.88||Grey|
|Rust-Oleum Spray Paint||$3.98||White|
Wire Management in Action
I was unable to find a white, under desk cable management tray large enough to fit a surge protector, so I had to go with gray. The first step is to spray paint the tray white or whatever color matches your standing desk. The pack linked above includes two trays, each 17.5″ inches in length. This isn’t enough to conceal the entire front of Autonomous’ standing desk, but it is enough to conceal the 32″ section of the desk that holds its wires.
Once the trays are dry, the second step is installing them. They include screws to hold them in place but I wanted to get the placement just right. I used spare 3M strips to temporarily place the trays before screwing. Once I had them in position, I was able to screw in the trays with a phillips head screwdriver, no power tools needed.
The third step is to plug your devices into the power strip and plug the strip into an outlet. From there, it’s just a matter of sliding the strip into the tray and stuffing the wires to keep them hidden.
Fourth, I used the white electrical tape to cover the wire that runs between the two trays. The Autonomous desk has two cable holes on top, and I have my computer wires on one side and my desk wires on the other.
Finally, use the reversible Neoprene sleeve to bundle any dangling wires, like those that come from your monitor.
The result should be one wire running along the floor – the surge protector. Other than that, all wires should be tucked into the cable tray.
Other Wire Management Solutions
If my solution doesn’t work for you, there are other options.
Of course, Autonomous sells their own wire management cable tray. Instead of two trays, they sell one long 35″ tray that is large enough to support a surge protector. At $19.00, their tray is less expensive than the one I purchased from Amazon. Like the one I purchased, Autonomous’ tray comes in one color: gray. However, this wasn’t a dealbreaker for me. The dealbreaker was the tray’s design. The tray has two forward facing open spaces.
I wanted more coverage from the front to help visually hide wires. If you use this tray, you will be able to see the stuffed wires from the front side of the desk. If this doesn’t bother you, you can purchase this option from autonomous.ai.
The second option I considered is this kit by the Human Solution. At $59, it’s cheaper than what I purchased, but for me, there were two issues with this solution. First of all, every component is black. I wanted as much white as possible, especially the surge protector. Second, the tray is only 24″ long, which is not long enough to cover the wires that are built into the Autonomous standing desk.
All that said, the Autonomous desk is awesome. I’m still in love with it, and in love with their affordable price point. Yet, without effort, it isn’t going to have a neat, minimalistic look, which is something I didn’t think about before purchasing the desk. (Autonomous’ marketing photos are all of people working on the desk using wireless devices like tablets and notebooks.) If you’re a real-life user, one wire running off of the desk is as good as it gets, and it looks pretty damn good if I do say so myself.
If you want to get started with an Autonomous Desk, you can use this link to get $25 off, I’ll get $25 off of my next purchase too.